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WINTER WARRIORS II Results: Kairat Akhmetov Dominates Danny Kingad, Kwon Scores brutal KO

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ONE Championship™ (ONE) returned with ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II, a previously recorded show from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event featured an all-mixed martial arts main card and a lead card with MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.

In the main event, #4-ranked flyweight contender and former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov turned in a spectacular performance, dominating #2-ranked flyweight contender Danny Kingad across three rounds. It was a fight years in the making, as the two talented flyweights finally met in the Circle after a number of failed attempts to put the bout together.

Akhmetov was relentless with his wrestling throughout the contest, consistently driving Kingad backward with powerful shots. On the ground, the Kazakhstani fighter controlled the action with technical precision. While Kingad did have his moments, they were few and far between as Akhmetov asserted himself at every juncture.

In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of “The Kazakh” to win by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, Kwon Won Il authored a shocking knockout victory over former ONE Bantamweight World Champion and current #2-ranked contender Kevin Belingon. The tall and lanky South Korean attacked Belingon with a steady stream of punching combinations from the opening bell, while the Filipino star fired back with his patented spinning attacks. A thunderous left hook to the body in the second frame crumpled Belingon instantly, and the former bantamweight king was unable to continue. The official finish came at the 0:52 mark of round two.

Former ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash made a triumphant return to the Circle, finishing Fan Rong inside the distance after an impressive all-around showing. Bigdash was effective in nullifying Fan’s aggression, stopping the Chinese fighter’s advances with his impeccable grappling. In the third round, Bigdash foiled a takedown attempt from Fan before latching onto a guillotine choke to force the tap.

Undefeated Russian phenom Murad Ramazanov extended his winning streak to 11 with a comprehensive victory over former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian Kadestam. Ramazanov showcased his world-class wrestling skills, dominating Kadestam at every exchange. Kadestam tried his best to keep the fight standing, but to no avail, and Ramazanov cruised to a unanimous decision.

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman put on an electric performance in his ONE Championship debut, knocking out #3-ranked bantamweight contender Yusup Saadulaev to end the Russian’s three-fight winning streak. Loman showed patience and composure in dealing with the dangerous grappler, as he peppered Saadulaev with fast punches from range. The end came when Loman connected on a left hook that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas late in the first round.

Filipino prodigy Jhanlo Sangiao was victorious in his ONE Championship debut, submitting Paul Lumihi via rear-naked choke in the first round of their bantamweight contest. The 19-year-old Sangiao, son of famous Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, pressured Lumihi with strikes until an opportunity to take the fight to the ground presented itself. The young phenom then took Lumihi’s back and locked in the fight-ending submission, forcing the tap at 1:41 of the opening frame.

In the ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II lead card, lightweight kickboxer Arian Sadikovic scored a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over former ONE World Title challenger Mustapha Haida, #4-ranked bantamweight Fabricio Andrade spoiled the return of Li Kai Wen with a smashing knockout performance, and #3-ranked strawweight Muay Thai contender Joseph Lasiri stopped Asahi Shinagawa in the first round of their catchweight bout.

Official Results for ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II

MMA – Flyweight: Kairat Akhmetov def. Danny Kingad via Unanimous Decision
MMA – Bantamweight: Kwon Won Il def. Kevin Belingon via KO at 0:52 of R2
MMA – Catchweight (95 KG): Vitaly Bigdash def. Fan Rong via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:41 of R3
MMA – Welterweight: Murad Ramazanov def. Zebaztian Kadestam via Unanimous Decision
MMA – Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Yusup Saadulaev via TKO at 4:09 of R1
MMA – Bantamweight: Jhanlo Mark Sangiao def. Paul Lumihi via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) at 1:41 of R1
Kickboxing – Lightweight: Arian Sadikovic def. Mustapha Haida via Unanimous Decision
MMA – Bantamweight: Fabricio Andrade def. Li Kai Wen via TKO at 4:41 of R1
Muay Thai – Catchweight (57.85 KG): Joseph Lasiri def. Asahi Shinagawa via KO at 2:05 of R1

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5 takeaways from ONE: Only the Brave

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ONE Championship were back today with ONE: Only the Brave, an event which although it was hit by cancellations as always, still saw us able to tuck into an 11 fight card! With the semi finals of the featherweight kickboxing grand prix and some big contests in terms of divisional standings, here are 5 takeaways from ONE: Only the Brave.

Kondratev can upset at featherweight

Kondratev may not be a huge name In a shark tank of featherweight kickboxers, but with a superb finish over the previously undefeated Dovydas Rimkus, he’s certainly shown he has upset potential. Obviously he has bags of kickboxing ability, but what’s most noticeable is that always threatening fight ending power. Even in his ONE debut loss to Pound for pound staple Marat Grigorian, Ivan’s power shone through, putting the Armenian down, a man who’s renowned for being able to take a hit. Although he finds himself in argueably the most stacked kickboxing division of all time, Kondratev has shown he’s never out of the fight, something to keep in mind going forward. He can land, he can hard and he can certainly stir up that division.

Brooks is belt bound

UFC veteran Jarred Brooks may have only debuted for ONE in January with a round 2 submission over Lito Adiwang, but with a huge unanimous decision victory over today over #4 ranked strawweight Hiroba Minowa, he looks to be on a direct path to ONE gold.
He may possess a set of underrated a deceptively fast hands, but its no secret Brooks’ bread and butter is his suffocating wrestling base. He’s used this imposing tool to tear through his ONE opposition thus far and looks to face strawweight King Joshua Pacio next time out. If he sticks to his strengths and matches the pace he’s been setting in recent outings, you can’t help but think he’s going to be a nightmare for all the top strawweights and flyweights ONE have to offer.

Opacic is the uncrowded king at heavyweight.

ONE’s heavyweight kickboxing division may not be the deepest division they have, but ONE things for sure, Rade Opacic is the uncrowded king. ONE bring in new heavyweights and Opacic just keeps knocking them down. He continued his impressive streak today with a second round TKO over a game Francesko Xhaja. Since joining ONE, Opacic is 4-0, all 4 being second round stoppages credit to his heavy hands and composed yet very intelligent kickboxing style for a man who’s just 24 years of age. Body work, head shots, leg kicks, you name it Rade sprinkles his whole arsenal into these contests which makes him so unpredictable and dangerous. Yet to be challenged, expect this Serbian to continue adding to an already violent highlight reel as he surges toward that gold strap.

Zhang Lipeng is DANGEROUS

We were initially impressed with the experienced Lipeng after his debut unanimous decision victory over former champ Eduard Folyang last August. Fast forward to earlier today he wasted no time forcing his name into lightweight contention, flatlining a confident Ruslan Emilbek Uulu in just 32 seconds with a vicious two piece. Lipeng is showing it all, he can go the distance imposing a well rounded game and he harbours that killer instinct and power to end the fight in an instant. A very exciting addition to an electric lightweight roster, don’t be surprised if Lipeng causes some damage to those rankings come years end.

Chingiz Allazov is a threat to Superbons throne

Although suffering a tough defeat to Enriko Kehl on his ONE debut, Chingiz Allazov has since shown everyone why he’s one of the best featherweight kickboxers in the world. The vicious beat down of Samy Sana in just 39 seconds was one thing, but today even having suffered a late opponent change, Allazov decemated and outclassed Thai warrior Joe Nattawut. Utilising those fast and slick boxing combinations and implementing the body work he does so well, all Allazov needed was to accompany them with a couple of bludgeoning head kicks and it was wraps for his Thai opponent. Don’t be fooled by his debut, Allazov is very much one of the best kickboxers on earth, once he finds that rhythm he’s seemingly unstoppable, don’t be surprised at all if he takes the grand prix title.

Also on the card, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong looks untouchable, convincingly taking out Davit Kiria in the second featherweight semi final bout, securing a comfertable unanimous decision victory. The Thai violently picks Kiria apart utilising all of his tools in a masterful fashion. He will take on Chingiz Allazov in the featherweight grand prix final. A Superb victory for both fighters, what a final we have in store.

Full results for ONE: Only the Brave:

Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def Davit Kiria via unanimous decision

Chingiz Allazov def Joe Nattawut via round 1 TKO

Zhang Lipeng def Ruslan Emilbek Uulu via round 1 KO

Rade Opacic def Francesko Xhaja via round 2 TKO

Hiroyuki Tetsuka def Edson Marques via round 3 KO

Jarred Brooks def Hiroba Minowa via unanimous decision

Ivan Kondratev def Dovydas Rimkus via round 3 KO

Tatsumitsu Wada def Wang Shuo via unanimous decision

Purev Otgonjargal def Micael De Jesus via unanimous decision

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ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE Final Weight and Hydration Results

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ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE goes down today headlined by a Featherweight Kickboxing grand-prix semi-final between Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong and Davit Kiria. Jarred Brooks and Zhang Lipeng will also feature on the card under MMA rules.

You can see the full final weigh-in and hydration results below.

ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE Final Weight and Hydration Results

Kickboxing – Featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG)
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (69.25 KG, 1.0066) vs. Davit Kiria (70.30 KG, 1.0091)

Kickboxing – Featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG)
Jo Nattawut (69.45 KG, 1.0057) vs. Chingiz Allazov (70.20 KG, 1.0241)

Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG)
Kim Jae Woong (70.20 KG, 1.0156) vs. Tang Kai (70.10 KG, 1.0229)

Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight (70.4 KG – 77.1 KG)
Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (77.05 KG, 1.0144) vs. Zhang Lipeng (76.85 KG, 1.0233)

Kickboxing – Heavyweight (102.2 KG – 120.2 KG)
Rade Opacic (111.50 KG, 1.0176) vs. Francesko Xhaja (103.00 KG, 1.0031)

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (52.3 KG – 56.7 KG)
Hiroba Minowa (56.40 KG, 1.0087) vs. Jarred Brooks (56.25 KG, 1.0005)

Kickboxing – Catchweight (71.65 KG)*
Ivan Kondratev (70.95 KG, 1.0191) vs. Dovydas Rimkus (71.65 KG, 1.0009)

Mixed Martial Arts – Catchweight (61.50 KG)**
Tatsumitsu Wada (60.95 KG, 1.0044) vs. Wang Shuo (61.50 KG, 1.0091)

Mixed Martial Arts – Welterweight (77.2 KG – 83.9 KG)
Hiroyuki Tetsuka (83.15 KG, 1.0229) vs. Edson Marques (83.60 KG, 1.0078)

Mixed Martial Arts – Catchweight (108.0 KG)
Anderson Silva (108.00 KG, 1.0128) vs. Paul Elliott (106.15 KG, 1.0070)

Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight (61.3 KG – 65.8 KG)
Purev Otgonjargal (65.40 KG, 1.0009) vs. Micael De Jesus (64.30 KG, 1.0160)

Hydration values less than or equal to 1.0250 earn a passing mark, while values greater than or equal to 1.0251 earn a failing mark. Athletes who failed weight and hydration tests on Day 1 or Day 2 are given another chance to clear tests on the morning of the event.

*Bout originally at featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG), now at a catchweight of 71.65 KG. Both athletes failed to pass weight and hydration. Bout is no longer a ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix alternate.

**Bout originally at flyweight (56.8 KG – 61.2 KG), now at a catchweight of 61.50 KG. Wang Shuo failed to pass weight and hydration, and will forfeit a percentage of his purse to Tatsumitsu Wada.

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Team Renegade’s Tom Breese signs multi-fight deal with Levels Fight League

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Top UK fighter Tom Breese (12-3) has officially signed a multi-fight deal with Levels Fight League and will make his promotional debut at LFL 4 on March 13. 

The fighter and coach out esteemed UK gym Team Renegade, which houses stars such as Leon Edwards, Jai Herbert & Aiden Lee, joins the dutch promotion folliwng his release last year from the UFC.

During his time within the UFC, the 30 year old enjoyed a 5-3 run in the UFC between 2016 and 2021 with notable wins over Dan Kelly, Cathal Pendred, and Keita Nakamura, and earned ‘Performance of the Night’ honours on three occasions.

Tom Breese will face David Ramires (8-4) in the main event of Levels Fight League 4. The Dutch-based Brazilian won his last fight via knockout in the first minute of the first round in the main event of LFL 3 back in October and will be aiming for a repeat performance. 

LFL 4 will be available to watch live around the world on www.LFLMMA.com on March 13!

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