Masakazu Imanari Added to Friday’s One Championship ‘Pursuit of Greatness’ Card

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 22, 2018


Veteran submission specialist Masakazu Imanari is a late addition to Friday’s One Championship “Pursuit of Greatness” card.

The Singapore-based promotion recently announced Imanari will square off against Radeem Rahman in a 148-pound catchweight contest at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The even is headlined by a middleweight title tilt between Aung La N Sang and Mohammed Karaki.

Imanari, 42, owns a 36-18-2 career mark that includes 25 victories by way of submission. The Tokyo native is most known for his leglocks but also is credited with techniques such as the Imanari roll and the Imanari choke. “Ashikan Judan” is coming off back-to-back losses against Dae Hwan Kim and Yusup Saadulaev under the One Championship banner.

With a 3-1 career mark, Singapore’s Rahman brings far less experience to the matchup. The Evolve MMA representative has made all four of his pro appearances under the One banner, including a first-round tapout of Tang De Pan in his most recent outing on May 12.

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