ONE Championship: Call to Greatness – Masakazu Imanari

Masakazu Imanari taps out Kevin Belington in his ONE debut, 2012.








We caught up with the leglock specialist, Masakazu Imanari ahead of his fight in ONE Championship: Call to Greatness fight in Singapore – five years since he last fought for the promotion.

MMA-Japan: Hi, thank you for joining us.

Imanari: Hi.

MMA-Japan: Please tell us how you’ve prepared for this fight.

Imanari: Training for fights, I don’t change the way I train. I do the same as always.

MMA-Japan: One thing we’d like to know is how you got started in the martial arts.

Imanari: I just thought it was something I could do, but I don’t really remember!

MMA-Japan: About what age were you?

Imanari: I think I was about 18 years old.

MMA-Japan: What fighters did you look up to back then?

Imanari: Probably Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie…but that might’ve been later. I’m not really sure!

MMA-Japan: OK, let’s play a quick word association game…


Imanari: Hard


Imanari: Pain!

“ONE Championship”

Imanari: Asia

“Tomorrow’s opponent”

Imanari: Korean

MMA-Japan: Thank you! Please give a message to all the fans watching around the world.

Imanari: I’ll probably take a leg submission – please watch!

So, there you have it. Straightforward and to the point! Join us for ONE Championship: Call to Greatness in Singapore on Friday, 22nd of February – we might see the famous “Imanari Roll”!

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