ONE Championship returned Friday, 30 July, with ONE: BATTLEGROUND, which aired live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The show featured five exciting mixed martial arts contests and a main event showdown between Sam-A and Prajanchai for the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title.
In the main event, Thai phenom Prajanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym upset the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao to claim the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title.
Prajanchai started the bout off strong, showcasing his trademark speed and power. A straight right hand down the middle sent Sam-A crashing to the canvas in the first round, scoring a knockdown for the ONE Super Series debutant.
Sam-A picked up the pace at the end of round three, as the two warriors traded combinations across the Circle. Rounds four and five were intense, as both men poured it on in the championship rounds. In the end, Prajanchai took home the victory by majority decision.
In the co-main event, former two-division ONE World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang authored a spectacular first-round knockout of top middleweight contender Leandro “Wolf” Ataides. After Ataides scored with an explosive takedown, Aung La worked back up to his feet, where he cornered his Brazilian adversary and unloaded a furious boxing combination. The final punch – a right hook – crumpled Ataides to the canvas, and the referee called a halt to the contest. It was a statement win for the Myanmar superstar after losing both of his World Title belts.
Pan-American Wrestling Champion Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart routed ONE Warrior Series contract winner Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada, pummelling his opponent across three gruelling rounds. Balart utilized his elite grappling to control Sawada across the second and third frames, dominating at every juncture to score a unanimous decision.
Indian wrestling sensation Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat returned to the winner’s circle with an impressive performance against “MMA Sister” Lin Heqin. Phogat used her superior grappling skills to overpower Lin on the mat and pounded her out from various positions. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Phogat to win by unanimous decision, snapping Lin’s 11-fight winning streak.
Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw of Team Lakay was successful in his ONE Championship debut, dominating “The Ghost” Chen Rui across three rounds. Pacatiw used his movement to attack Chen with powerful right hands from range. Chen found his rhythm late in the third, but Pacatiw defended well. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Pacatiw to win by unanimous decision.
Seventeen-year-old Victoria “The Prodigy” Lee made quick work of “Little Sprouts” Wang Luping to win by first-round submission and move to 2-0 in ONE Championship. Lee was methodical in her approach, closing the distance and taking Wang to the ground with a slam. On the mat, “The Prodigy” transitioned into a mounted triangle, cranked on the arm, and forced the tap.
ONE Championship returns next with ONE: BATTLEGROUND II, a tape-delayed event that airs on Friday, 13 August. In the main event, former three-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang takes on Chinese mixed martial arts star Zhang Lipeng, who makes his ONE debut. In the co-main event, #5-ranked strawweight contender and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva takes on Miao Li Tao.
On Friday, 27 August, ONE: BATTLEGROUND III airs via tape delay. In the main event, Thai superstars Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong and Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym lock horns in a featherweight Muay Thai showdown. In the co-main event, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke faces Chinese phenom Banma Duoji.
Then on Friday, 3 September, the historic all-women’s fight card, ONE: EMPOWER, broadcasts live, as eight of the world’s best atomweights compete in the quarterfinal round of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix. In the main event, reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan defends her gold against #2-ranked strawweight contender Michelle Nicolini. Also, Kickboxing World Champion Anissa Meksen makes her ONE Super Series debut against Cristina Morales in an atomweight kickboxing contest.
PFL 4 | Clay Collard and Alexander Martinez look to pick up another 3 points
‘Cassius’ Clay Collard once again steps into the PFL Cage on June 17th, this time, facing off against Alexander Martinez, who himself, picked up 3 points in his first season outing. The 4th event of the season will take place at the Overtime Elite Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In Collard’s first bout of the 2022 season, he took on PFL newcomer, Jeremy Stephens, and not only picked up the unanimous decision 3 point win, he dominated in what was a fight of the year contender. In round 1 of their bout, Collard weathered the storm, as he was caught with a few of ‘Lil Heathen’s’ big signature strikes.
After round 1, the Team Bonafide product started to find his rhythm and began striking in combinations, putting Stephens on the back foot.
Collard managed to bounce back from last seasons semi final loss to Manfio, picking up the 3 points, whereas Stephens fell to a 6 fight losing skid, coming up short in his PFL debut.
Alex Martinez also picked up 3 points in the first Lightweight bouts of the season. He defeated Stevie Ray via unanimous decision, getting himself back into the winning column. Martinez’s 2022 season has already equaled his last in which he only picked up 3 points in his 3 season bouts.
PFL’s 2021 Lightweight season champion, Manfio, is also on the card, facing off against Aubin-Mercier, who himself, picked up 3 points, but is sitting at 5th place. Manfio will hope to get the job done early, and will be keeping a look out for the Collard vs Martinez result, in anticipation of a rematch with ‘Cassius’ Clay Collard.
Another man who will be keeping a close eye is ‘Showtime Pettis’. The human highlight reel is currently sitting top of the Lightweight ladder after scoring a first round triangle choke over Myles Price in early May.
Clay Collard will look to put the pressure on as per usual, adding more points to his tally, securing his place in the post season tournament.
UK fans can catch the action as always on Channel 4 from 2:00am, with the prelims live and available on the Channel 4 YouTube channel. How do you see this one playing out?
Frans Mlambo Out, Arturo Vergara In For May 29 Combate Global Event
Frans Mlambo, the number one contender in Combate Global’s bantamweight division, will be replaced by hard-hitting Arturo Vergara (2-0 MMA; 3-1 Kickboxing) of Los Andes, Chile via Miami. Vergara will challenge Martinez of Mexico City, Mexico in a bantamweight non-title bout.
Combate Global today announced a new main event for its show on Sunday, May 29 in Miami, Fla., due to an abdominal injury sustained by Ireland’s Frans “The Zulu Irishman” Mlambo (13-5), who had been scheduled to challenge reigning Combate Global World Bantamweight (135 pounds) Champion David “The Black Spartan” Martinez (6-1) for Martinez’s title.
Combate Global will announce television programming details as well as the complete fight card for the event on Tuesday, May 24.
“We wish Frans a full and speedy recovery,” said Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren, “and are excited to debut Chile’s Arturo Vergara, who is coming off an incredible, nine-second knockout! I have a lot of respect for Arturo stepping up because David Martinez is as tough an opponent as they come.”
Unbeaten to date under MMA rules, Vergara produced a stunning, nine-second knockout via a flying knee strike of Cody Schieve on May 6. The speedy win followed another first round (2:21) TKO (strikes) that Vergara notched in his MMA rules debut against Steven Orozco on February 19.
Prior to his first MMA start, Vergara had competed exclusively under kickboxing rules, amassing over 80 bouts as an amateur, and a 3-1 record as a professional. The 23-year-old Martinez of Mexico City will enter La Jaula, the Combate Global competition cage, for the first time since he was crowned world champion one year ago, on May 29, 2021.
A member of Team Bonebreakers, Martinez defeated three consecutive opponents – including championship round adversary Francisco “Cisco” Rivera, Jr. via second round (0:17) TKO (head kick and punches) – in one night, to become world champion.
UFC London | 5 Fighters Who Have To Be On The Card
Immediately after UFC London earlier in the year, the ball started rolling towards a second UK event in 2022 after Dana White made it clear he wanted to come back soon. Whilst the year’s first event at the O2 Arena delivered one of the best non-PPV events in recent history, there’s still more ground to cover. Aspinall vs Volkov was stacked with home fighters but there are still a handful that missed out on fighting in front of the UK.
Here are five UK fighters that deserve a chance to fight at the O2 Arena after missing out the first time. Not that we’re complaining if the likes of Paddy Pimblett and Jai Herbert show up on this card also.
5. Dom Wooding
Yes it is true, we will never stop banging this drum. After defending his Cage Warriors bantamweight title in December of last year, we had our fingers crossed that London would come around in time for Dom Wooding. The ‘Black Panther’ didn’t get the call up on that occasion but absence has only made the heart grow fonder. This is the time for Dom Wooding to fight in the UFC and if you don’t believe us, maybe ‘The Last Stylebender’ can change your mind.
4. Mason Jones
Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones has had quite a stop and start UFC career since joining the promotion as a double champion in Cage Warriors. The Welshman is 1-1-1 in the UFC so far and would have picked up some decent momentum if his fight with Alan Patrick hadn’t been stopped due to an accidental eye poke in a fight he was winning comfortably. A win over late notice replacement David Onama, who recently picked up a first UFC win of his own, has got Jones back on the right path after a tough introduction to the UFC against Mike Davis. Jones always delivers great fights due to his high pressure and output style and a win in London could be exactly the kind of moment he needs to really put the past behind him and push on in the UFC.
3. Lerone Murphy
For the vast majority of UK fight fans, Lerone Murphy came out of nowhere when he debuted in the UFC. Now on a 3-fight win streak after his debut resulted in a draw at UFC 242, Murphy has been putting on increasingly impressive performances every time he has stepped foot in the Octagon. Still yet to fight in front of UK fans, ‘The Miracle’ will have a huge fight on his hands in his next outing as he looks to step foot in the rankings of the stacked featherweight division.
2. Davey Grant
Davey Grant has really made a name for himself in recent times as a must watch fighter who will steal a main card. After chaining back-to-back finishes, Grant may have lost two of his last three fights but his stock in the UFC has risen massively. His fights with Marlon Vera and Adrian Yanez put Grant on the map when it comes to value for money fighters. Now back in the win column after his 3rd round finish over Louis Smolka at the weekend, Grant said in his post fight interview about making a quick turn around and potentially fighting in London. We know we are asking for a lot with the card already being incredibly busy but Davey Grant opening the main card with a barnburner is sure to blow the roof off of the O2 just like the last time the UFC came calling.
1. Nathaniel Wood
Luck has not been on Nathaniel Wood’s side as of late. Three cancelled fights in a row meant he missed out on the first London card even after he was found a replacement opponent. An illness forced Vince Morales out of their bout which seemed to be opening the event and setting the tone for the evening with the return of ‘The Prospect’ in front of his people. After going 4-2 as a bantamweight in the UFC but losing to two top fighters in John Dodson and Casey Kenney, Wood has announced he is moving up a weight class since his fight in London fell off. Nathaniel Wood deserves this chance to fight in London after losing out at such short notice last time around and we can’t wait to see how he stacks up amongst the rest of the 145 pound division.
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