Undefeated ONE Championship fighter Itsuki Hirata will make her return on February 22nd against Miku Nakamura. Their bout will headline “Road To ONE: 4th Young Guns” at the TSUTAYA O-EAST in Tokyo, Japan.
The fight will be Hirata’s first in over a year. The 21-year-old prospect earned her third ONE win just about a year ago now, stopping Nyrene Crowley in the third round with strikes.
Nakamura, the 28-year-old MARS GYM representative has remained active in the past year, fighting four times in regional promotion Shooto Japan. Her last fight, a loss in December to Miyuki Furusawa, evened her record at three wins and three losses.
Undefeated Tanoue Returns
Hirata is not the only undefeated fighter on the card. Returning to the cage will also be Koyuru Tanoue, who will search for his fifth win as a pro when facing Takafumi Ato.
Tanoue has attained four wins through two years in Shooto Japan. His last win was in December, where he stopped Atsuhito Nagai in the second round of action.
Ato will be making his first appearance outside of Pancrase since 2014. He picked up a win in December of 2020 when he defeated Yusuke Uehara. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for him.
Pancrase Fighter Yamakita To Face Aki
Pancrase fighter Keito Yamakita will appear on the card against Shuto Aki. Yamakita takes the fight after a successful rookie year as a pro that saw him earn three wins as a pro.
Aki defeated Ken Asahina in late 2020 via stoppage.
A total of nine fights have been announced for the Road To ONE event. The card currently includes eight MMA bouts and a kickboxing fight between Shoa Arii and Yu Hiramatsu.
Main Card (3:00AM EST / 5:00PM JST) (Abema)
Bout 9: Itsuki Hirata (3-0) vs. Miku Nakamura (3-3) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 8: Koyuru Tanoue (4-0) vs. Takafumi Ato (10-10) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 7: Shuto Aki (5-2-1) vs. Keito Yamakita (3-0) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 6: Toru Ogawa (11-8) vs. Kenji Yamanaka (11-8-1) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Kohei Maeda (3-2) vs. Toshiomi Kazama (2-1) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Hikaru Yoshino (8-2) vs. Tomohiro Hagino (12-7) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Tatsuhiko Iwamoto (10-6-1) vs. Daiki Nakata (0-0) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Takuya Nagata (9-3-1) vs. Kazuki Kasai (5-1) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Shoa Arii vs. Yu Hiramatsu (119 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)