Leandro Issa began his ONE FC career taking a pair of wins over Soo Chul Kim and Masakazu Imanari. He earned a bantamweight title shot in what many thought would be an easy day for Issa. Instead, he took a surprising quick round two stoppage to Kim for the inaugural belt.
“Some of the best bantamweights in the world are also going for the title shot, but I am more focused to train harder because of that and I will do my best to get one more shot,” said Issa to MMA Mania.
The loss dropped Issa to 10-3 with the previous one being in 2008.
Recent additions to ONE FC include Bibiano Fernandes, Koetsu Okazaki, Masakatsu Ueda and Ryan Diaz.
There is no return date for Issa or who gets the next bantamweight title shot.