ONE Championship: Roots of Honor. Results from the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines.
Today’s main event saw ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen (12-3-0) defend his belt against Mongolian veteran Narantungalag Jadambaa (14-6-0). Jadambaa is a former two-time ONE Featherweight Champion, and was aiming to win the title for the third time. In a tight first round, Martin Nguyen had eaten a lot of leg kicks and was probably behind on the judges’ cards. Nguyen didn’t want to leave it to the judges, however, and early in the second round he threw an incredible flying knee which knocked out Jadambaa to retain his Featherweight World Title.
Japanese fighter Yosuke Saruta (19-9-3) defended his ONE Strawweight World Championship against Filipino former champion Joshua Pacio (17-3-0). It was a rematch of the fight in which Pacio lost his title to Saruta in January via split decision. It was the Filipino fighter who would come out victorious in the rematch. He finished a cagey fight with an attempted head kick. In actual fact it turned into a knee, but it did the job. Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight World Champion and delight the home fans in Manila.
The final quarter-final of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix took place, and now Demetrious Johnson knows who he will face in the next round. In an intense battle between Tatsumitsu Wada (21-10-2) and Gustavo Balart (8-2-0), the Japanese fighter came out on top in a controversial decision victory. 4’11” Cuban fighter Balart gave a good account of himself in his ONE debut and can count himself very unlucky to be the loser. Wada will go on to face Mighty Mouse in the semi-final, and shouldn’t cause DJ too much trouble.
Former UFC fighter 35-year-old Leandro Issa (17-7-0) got back to winning ways against Chinese fighter Fu Chang Xin (9-2-0). Issa positioned Xin in an armbar early on in the first round, which would have finished many fighters. Xin survived, but soon afterwards Issa got him into a leg triangle. Xin again refused to tap. Finally his resolve was broken as Issa locked in a triangle armbar, and the referee stopped the fight.
Romanian light heavyweight kickboxer Andrei Stoica (50-12-0) secured victory in a bad-tempered battle against Moroccan Ibrahim El Bouni (37-8-1). The Moroccan fighter was hit by a low blow and an eye-poke and had to use the full 3 minutes to recover. He continued the fight but went on to lose a unanimous decision. This was another contentious decision, which could have gone either way.
There was a victory for undefeated American James Nakashima (11-0-0) against veteran Brazilian fighter Luis Santos (65-12-1). In his first KO victory, Nakashima extended his record to 11-0. The match ended in strange circumstances, as Santos seemed to tap out through injury. Nakashima took the Brazilian down and he seemed to hyperextend his knee. Once Santos had Nakashima in his closed guard the pain was too much to continue and he tapped his opponent. James Nakashima did not look too happy with the ending, but will be happy to remain unbeaten.
Filipino veteran Edward Kelly (12-6-0) secured a TKO victory against South Korean BJJ fighter Sung Jong Lee (4-5-0). In a crazy opening round, the Korean fighter attempted multiple submissions, whilst Kelly hit him with intense ground and pound. It was that ground and pound which secured Kelly victory in the second round, giving him the win by TKO.
In an explosive heavyweight Super Series Kickboxing bout, Anderson Braddock Silva (44-17-1) knocked out Andre ‘The Giant’ Meunier. The fight was short but it was full of back and forth action which ended when Silva landed a huge overhand right on Meunier. The shot knocked ‘The Giant’ clean out and he landed face first on the mat before the first round was finished.
All records correct as of the end of the event.
Preliminary card results
Kwon Won Il def. Eric Kelly – TKO (R1) – Featherweight
Saemapetch Fairtex def. Ognjen Topic – Split decision – Muay Thai Bantamweight
Xie Bin def. Ahmad Qais Jasoor – Submission (R2) – Bantamweight
Niko Soe def. Eko Roni Saputra – TKO (R1) – Flyweight
Lerdsila Phuket Top Team def. Momotaro – Unanimous decision – Muay Thai Flyweight
Bi Nguyen def. Dwi Ani Retno Wulan – TKO (R1) Women’s Atomweight
Ramon Gonzalez def. Akihiro Fujisawa – submission (R1) – Flyweight