‘I’ve Finally Arrived’ – Japanese Kickboxing Superstar Masaaki Noiri Signs With ONE Championship

Masaaki Noiri

One of the world’s top kickboxing talents has put pen to paper with ONE Championship.

Japanese superstar Masaaki Noiri – a man widely recognized among the sport’s top pound-for-pound athletes – has officially joined the world’s largest martial arts organization.

A former two-division K-1 World Champion and K-1 Grand Prix Champion, the karate stylist has been a mainstay on the elite international kickboxing scene for well over a decade, and fans are undoubtedly anxious to see him test his skills against ONE’s top-tier strikers.

Beyond his impressive list of accolades in kickboxing, the 30-year-old is also a former WBC Japanese Muay Thai Champion, giving him plenty of potential opponents in both sports.

While he’s found ample success across multiple weight classes throughout his career, Noiri will be competing at 155 pounds in ONE Championship.

He is jumping into a stacked featherweight kickboxing division that includes reigning World Champion Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov, interim titleholder Superbon, and a host of dangerous contenders.

Noiri is also joining #2-ranked flyweight kickboxing contender Takeru “The Natural Born Crusher” Segawa and former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Hiroki Akimoto as Japanese striking stars looking to plant their flag in ONE.

In the ring, Noiri owns a dynamic and explosive style of striking that deserves to be showcased on a global stage.

He’s proven to be a supremely dangerous finisher, capable of scoring the knockout with either his hands or feet.

Overjoyed to finally be competing in the world’s preeminent striking organization, the newly minted ONE athlete released a statement on social media regarding his signing:

“As ONE officially announced, I have signed a contract with ONE Championship, the highest stage for striking. If I want to pursue being the strongest in the world that I believe in, this is a stage I had to challenge.

“I’ve finally arrived here. This marks the start of the final chapter for me as a martial artist, Masaaki Noiri. I’m nothing but excited to be on a stage filled with formidable fighters. Let’s see how far I can go. Please look forward to it. I’ll be fighting while carrying Japan on my back, so I appreciate your support more than ever!”

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