The flyweight division is arguably the most exciting, fast-paced and action-packed weight division in any MMA promotions in the world; maybe due to its nature of having small, explosive and very athletic guys who kicks and punches faster compared to any fighters in other weight classes.
Asia is known for having some of the best flyweight fighters in the world; but some of them don’t have the chance to be recognized by the big leagues because of lack of media attention. We made this list of the best flyweights in Asia because we think they are the best and they deserved to be on it.
MMA Orient’s top 10 Flyweights in Asia:
1. Mamuro “The Illest afro in Asia” Yamaguchi
Pro MMA Record: 26-6-3
Born: May 29, 1977
Yamaguchi’s an experienced fighter, a former SHOOTO Bantamweight and Featherweight champion known for his very solid counter punching style and of course, his afro. He has been consistently ranked as one of the top flyweights in the world.
2. Yasuhiro Urushitani
Pro MMA Record: 19-5-6
Born: September 8, 1976
Club: Wajutsu Keisyukai RJW
Urushitani is a former SHOOTO flyweight champion. He has notable wins over TUF 14 bantamweight winner, John “The Magician” Dodson, Mamoru “The Illest afro in Asia” Yamaguchi and Daniel Lima. He made his UFC debut on March 3, 2012 against Joseph Benavidez. Urushitani lost to Benavidez via 2nd round TKO.
Urushitani’s next fight will be against John Lineker on September 1st for UFC 151 – Jones vs. Henderson.
3. Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen
Pro MMA Record: 10-0-0
Club: Team Lakay
Docyogen started his MMA career as a pinweight (110-119 lbs.) in the longest running MMA show in the Philippines, Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC). He is unstoppable in his weight division to the point where URCC couldn’t find a perfect opponent for him anymore. Docyogen and his camp decided to up move to flyweight (120-129 lbs.) to be able to find opponents who can give Docyogen a headache.
On February 12, 2012, Docyogen made his flyweight debut against an undefeated fighter, Rodel “Kid” Orais. Docyogen impressively defeated the much bigger Orais via submission (kimura) in the very first round.
4. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon
Pro MMA Record: 9-1-0
Born: October 30, 1987
Club: Team Lakay
Docyogen’s team mate, Belingon is no stranger to Asian MMA fans. Before fighting outside his home country, this warrior from Baguio City is already an mma icon in URCC in the Philippines. He believes that it was his hard work that put him in the position he is right now.
Although Belingon’s last two fights was at the bantamweight division, he still made it in our list because he’s the reigning URCC flyweight king.
According to some reliable sources, Belingon will be making his second appearance in ONE FC on August 31, 2012 in Manila. There’s no named opponent for him yet, but I want to see him fight Soo Chul Kim of South Korea. It’ll be a very exciting fight for sure!
5. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima
Pro MMA Record: 12-4-5
Born: February 6, 1978
Style: Shooto, Grappling
Club: Katsumura Dojo
Kojima is widely considered as one of the most dangerous flyweights in the world due to his grappling prowess and very aggressive fighting style. Kojima is also known for his feud with Mamoru Yamaguchi.
6. Andrew Leone
Pro MMA Record: 5-2
Country: United States
Style: Grappling, Muay Thai
Club: Phuket Top Team
Andrew Leone’s claim to fame used to be being the younger brother of WEC and Bellator featherweight Anthony Leone but 2011 has been a breakout year for the Singapore based New Yorker.
In mixed martial arts he put in one of the most impressive and emphatic performances of the year in Asia to choke out unbeaten Korean prospect Soo Chul Kim in less than 30 seconds. In BJJ the blue belt excelled himself by not only finishing first in the >65kg blue belt category at the recent ADCC trials in China but also winning the >76.9kg advanced category in no-gi grappling.
Amongst the opponents which Leone, who normally fights at 125 lbs, defeated that day was Andy Wang a BJJ black belt and TUF veteran who normally competes in the lightweight division. It was a remarkable achievement for someone who only received their blue belt, awarded by Professor Adam Kayoom, last year.
7. Allamurad “Pretty Boy” Karayev
Pro MMA Record: 9-0-0
Born: September 21, 1991
Style: Muay Thai
Karayev is a flyweight knockout artist with a very remarkable mma record of 9-0 (6 KO/TKO and 3 by submissions). He is a striker who loves to throw punches and kicks to his opponent’s face. Karayev was already set to make his ONE FC debut last June 23rd against Roldan “The Executioner” Sancha-an when the doctor said he can’t fight due to a serious injury.
We are praying for a fast and safe recovery for Karayev. But when the injury is all healed up, I’d like to see this phenom go up against a very promising opponent to put his skills to test.
8. Ale “The Young Gun” Cali
Pro MMA Record: 4-1
Born: November 20, 1991
Style: Boxing, Wrestling
Club: Beefit Pythons Pit
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Cali is the reigning Pacific Xtreme Combat’s (PXC) Flyweight Champion. Cali comes from a boxing background. His fighting style is very unique, he loves to use his footwork, superb boxing skills and loves to entertain the crowd. He currently trains alongside former URCC lightweight champ Angelito “The Saint” Manguray and Ricardo Sapno at Beefit Pythons Pit in Davao, Philippines.
I won’t be surprised if the UFC will ink a deal with this kid, I mean, he has a bright future ahead of him. He fights very relaxed and composed like Anderson Silva.
Cali will be making his first title defense against an explosive fighter who is known for being a fearless fighter inside the cage, Erwin Tagle on September for PXC 33 in the Philippines.
9. Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio
Pro MMA Record: 3-1
Born: April 6, 1988
Club: Team Lakay
(Geje’s fight is at 1:06:47 mark)
Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is a young and exciting fighter from the famed Team Lakay gym in Baguio City. Eustaquio is known for his very methodical way of fighting and his never-ending cardio. Eustaquio’s a brilliant tactician.
Eustaquio made his ONE FC debut against a very dangerous BJJ world champion, Alex Silva on February 11, 2012. Eustaquio won via unanimous decision.
Eustaquio is said to compete in the highly anticipated ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012 in a 16,500 seating capacity, Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. The said event will be the biggest MMA event in the Philippines as some of the top Filipino fighters will be defending their backyard against their foreign foes.
10. Alex “Little Rock” Silva
Pro MMA Record: 1-1
Style: BJJ, MuayThai
Club: Evolve MMA
A very accomplished BJJ practictioner, Alex Silva trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, the no.1 MMA gym in Asia, under the tutelage of Kru Chatri Sityodtong. Silva is undoubtedly, a very talented fighter with a bright future ahead of him. He diligently hones his striking skills with the help of Muay Thai world champions training and teaching at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
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