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ONE: BATTLEGROUND III, Sitthichai Stuns Tawanchai To Win Close Split Decision In Main Event

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ONE Championship returned with ONE: BATTLEGROUND III, a tape-delayed event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium that aired on Friday, 27 August. The show featured five exciting mixed martial arts contests and a high-level Muay Thai clash between striking stars.

n the main event, kickboxing legend Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong returned to Muay Thai and faced rising superstar Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym. Their matchup produced a scintillating display of fistic fireworks across three thrilling rounds of action.

Sitthichai stayed true to his word and put Tawanchai on the defensive as he inched forward behind powerful boxing combinations. Tawanchai countered with a steady stream of left kicks to the body to try and slow Sitthichai’s movement, but the veteran kept pressuring his younger opponent. Action intensified in the third round, as the two fighters exchanged their heaviest blows at the center of the Circle. In the end, Sitthichai did just enough to edge out Tawanchai by split decision.

In the co-main event, former ONE World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke turned in a masterful performance, overcoming a furious start from ONE Championship debutant Banma Duoji to earn a TKO victory. Dejdamrong faced a significant size disadvantage, as Banma used his height and reach to keep the smaller man at bay in the first round. Applying forward pressure, Dejdamrong found his range in the second round. The Thai veteran connected with flush right elbows to drop Banma and then finished him off with a knee strike to the head.

Chinese star Xie Wei authored a thrilling finish of highly regarded South Korean veteran Dae Hwan Kim to score his third straight knockout victory. Xie was sharp and powerful throughout the duration of the bout, as he kept Kim on the back foot with accurate and powerful striking. A devastating left hook to the body in the third round sent Kim crashing to the canvas, ending matters abruptly. Xie has now knocked out eight of his last nine opponents.

In a highly anticipated women’s atomweight contest, Team Lakay’s Jenelyn Olsim overcame a spirited effort from Vietnamese-American talent Bi Nguyen to win a unanimous decision. It was a close striking battle through the duration of the bout, but Olsim pulled away slightly on the scorecards with her superior grappling and near-submissions.

South Korean veteran Song Min Jong banked on his experience to deal the previously unbeaten Tial Thang the first loss of his professional career. Song put together a well-rounded performance, utilizing his taekwondo style to stifle Tial Thang on the feet and dominating the Myanmar fighter in the grappling department to earn the unanimous decision on the scorecards.

Purev Otgonjargal kicked off ONE: BATTLEGROUND III with an exciting knockout victory, stopping Ben Royle just 49 seconds into the first round. After connecting with a perfectly timed right hand that dropped Royle, the Mongolian followed up with ground-and-pound to seal the deal.

Official Results for ONE: BATTLEGROUND III
Muay Thai – Featherweight: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def. Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym via Split Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Catchweight (57.7 KG): Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Banma Duoji via TKO at 3:31 of Round 2
Mixed Martial Arts – Flyweight: Xie Wei def. Dae Hwan Kim via TKO at 1:46 of Round 3
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Jenelyn Olsim def. Bi Nguyen via Unanimous Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight: Song Min Jong def. Tial Thang via Unanimous Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight: Purev Otgonjargal def. Ben Royle via KO at 0:49 of Round 1

You can replay ONE: BATTLEGROUND III here.

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PFL 4 | Clay Collard and Alexander Martinez look to pick up another 3 points

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‘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.

(Credit: MMAJunkie.usatoday.com): Clay Collard lands a big left hand on Jeremy Stephens

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?

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Frans Mlambo Out, Arturo Vergara In For May 29 Combate Global Event

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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.

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UFC London | 5 Fighters Who Have To Be On The Card

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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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