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ONE X | Event Recap & Results

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ONE Championship graced the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday to celebrate its 10-year anniversary with ONE X, a massive three-part extravaganza featuring 20 bouts, including five World Title contests, two submission grappling matches, and a flyweight special rules super-fight.

In the main event of ONE X, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee powered through a rough first round to come back and defeat ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion Stamp Fairtex. Lee stormed out of the gates after the opening bell, forcing Stamp on the back foot. That turned out to be a mistake, as Stamp struck her with several knees from the clinch position. A left hook to the body then had Lee reeling across the Circle as Stamp looked to finish, but the defending World Champion was able to recover and make it to the second round. From there, it was all Angela Lee, as the Singaporean-American superstar took the Thai fighter to the mat at will, threatening with a variety of submissions. After taking Stamp’s back, Lee flattened her out and snuck an arm under the neck to force the tap.

In the co-main event, 12-time Flyweight MMA World Champion Demetrious Johnson survived a ferocious first round with ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, taking some hard shots while landing a few of his own. After getting through the Muay Thai round of this historic special rules super-fight, Johnson wasted no time in the MMA frame, closing the distance and instantly taking Rodtang’s back. On the ground, “Mighty Mouse” secured the hooks and latched onto a rear-naked choke that put “The Iron Man” to sleep. 

ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes submitted #2-ranked contender Yuya Wakamatsu at ONE X after a tepid start. Both fighters were reluctant to engage in the first two rounds, obviously wary of each other’s strengths. Action finally picked up in the third as both fighters gained a sense of urgency. After an ill-advised shot from Wakamatsu, Moraes saw an opening and capitalized on it, securing a tight guillotine choke. With Moraes’ arm firmly under the neck, Wakamatsu had no choice but to tap.

South Korean-Japanese mixed martial arts icon Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama put forth a vintage performance, finishing #3-ranked lightweight contender and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki to win via technical knockout. Aoki went to work in the first round, closing the distance and taking Akiyama’s back. He threatened with his signature face crank for most of the opening five minutes, but Akiyama was able to survive. In the second stanza, “Sexyama” landed a plethora of shots and pummeled Aoki into the Circle Wall. The referee called a halt to the contest as Aoki was unable to intelligently defend himself from the onslaught.

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang survived a hellish third round from John Wayne Parr in the Australian legend’s last Muay Thai fight at ONE X before retiring from the sport. The Filipino superstar started off with his wushu strikes, battering Parr across the Circle with relentless forward pressure. Parr tried his best to defend against Folayang’s trademark spinning attacks, but it was clear “The Gunslinger” was a step behind. In the third round, however, Parr hurt Folayang and went on the offensive, forcing “Landslide” on the back foot. Both men made it to the final bell, and Parr left his gloves on the canvas in an emotional send-off.

ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Champion Superbon Singha Mawynn made a successful defense of his belt, overwhelming #1-ranked contender Marat Grigorian across five rounds. Behind intelligent use of the teep to keep distance, a torrent of left body kicks, and well-placed step-through knees in close quarters, the Thai dominated Grigorian from beginning to end to score a unanimous decision victory. Despite knocking him out in their previous encounter, Grigorian simply had no answer for Superbon’s accurate strikes and flawless timing. 

The legendary Nong-O Gaiyanghadao retained his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title, stopping Felipe Lobo with a thunderous uppercut in the third round. Lobo was game and tried his best to match Nong-O’s pace from the get-go, but the Thai warrior was too precise and calculated with his offense. The reigning king showcased his composure from start to end, picking his shots from the outside while throwing feints that froze Lobo in his tracks. In the third round, he caught Lobo coming in with a punch to the chin that instantly ended the match.

Second-ranked bantamweight kickboxing contender Hiroki Akimoto scored an upset victory over Capitan Petchyindee to capture the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship. Akimoto was aggressive from the opening bell, bringing the heat to his opponent with fiery combinations. Capitan tried to hold on, but he received two yellow cards for excessive clinching in the third round. He was then docked a point in the fifth and final stanza for the same infraction. Akimoto seized the moment, unloading a barrage of strikes until the final bell. After five rounds of action, all three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese challenger to win by unanimous decision. 

In the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final, fourth-ranked Chingiz Allazov stifled third-ranked Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, winning by unanimous decision after three grueling rounds. In the first frame, Allazov came out firing with accurate combinations, while Sitthichai struggled to find his rhythm. The Thai star picked up the pace in the second stanza, but Allazov answered back furiously. The final round was close, but the Azerbaijani-Belarusian’s boxing gave him a slight edge. With the tournament victory, he is now set to challenge Superbon for the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Title.

 Two-division ONE World Champion Reinier de Ridder and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Andre Galvao battled to a draw after 12 minutes of intense submission grappling action. De Ridder was aggressive to start, and Galvao appeared to have difficulty dealing with the Dutch athlete’s size and length. Even though the Brazilian was able to gain top position in the final few minutes, he couldn’t complete the submission finish as time expired.

You can view the full results from ONE X, three event blockbuster along with the bonus winners below:

US $50,000 performance bonus winners: Angela Lee, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Hiroki Akimoto, Tang Kai, Sinsamut Klinmee, Kang Ji Won, Danielle Kelly

ONE X: Grand Finale
MMA – Atomweight: Angela Lee def. Stamp Fairtex via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:50 of round two
Special Rules Super-Fight – Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson def. Rodtang Jitmuangnon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of round two
MMA – Flyweight: Adriano Moraes def. Yuya Wakamatsu via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:58 of round three
MMA – Lightweight: Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Shinya Aoki via TKO at 1:50 of round two
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Eduard Folayang def. John Wayne Parr via unanimous decision
Kickboxing – Featherweight: Superbon Singha Mawynn def. Marat Grigorian via unanimous decision

ONE X: Part II
Muay Thai – Bantamweight: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao def. Felipe Lobo via knockout at 2:15 of round three
Kickboxing – Bantamweight: Hiroki Akimoto def. Capitan Petchyindee via unanimous decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Ham Seo Hee def. Denice Zamboanga via unanimous decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Jihin Radzuan def. Itsuki Hirata via split decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight: Tang Kai def. Kim Jae Woong via knockout at 2:07 of round one

ONE X: Part I
Kickboxing – Featherweight: Chingiz Allazov def. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via unanimous decision
Submission Grappling – Middleweight: Reinier de Ridder versus Andre Galvao ends in a draw
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Sinsamut Klinmee def. Nieky Holzken via knockout at 1:39 of round two
MMA – Strawweight: Jeremy Miado def. Lito Adiwang via TKO at 2:56 of round two
MMA – Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Shoko Sato via unanimous decision
MMA – Featherweight: Amir Khan def. Ryogo Takahashi via split decision
MMA – Heavyweight: Kang Ji Won def. Paul Elliott via knockout at 0:58 of round one
Submission Grappling – Atomweight: Mei Yamaguchi versus Danielle Kelly ends in a draw
MMA – Strawweight: Senzo Ikeda def. Ryuto Sawada via TKO at 3:09 of round two

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Fight To Watch | Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson

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Fights are being booked fast and furiously for July 23rd as the UFC’s anticipated return to London approaches. With fireworks expected throughout the whole event, MMAPlay365 and VMTV have scoured through the card and selected Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson as our ‘Fight To Watch’ on the night.

Muhammad Mokaev returns to the octagon following a successful debut back at UFC London in March against Cody Durden. ‘The Punisher’ made light work of his American counter-part, submitting him in the first round via guillotine choke with very little problems. His upcoming opponent, Charles Johnson, signs with the UFC after an impressive four-fight winning streak on LFA, which saw him capture and defend flyweight gold.

His ability to mix it up on the feet and in grappling scenarios make this a much more dangerous bout for Mokaev stylistically, but it’s still nothing the 21 year old won’t be able to handle in the eyes of MMAPlay365 Founder, Adam Newsome:

“At this stage of Muhammad Mokaev’s UFC career every fight is going to be a test. And just because you haven’t heard of Charles Johnson doesn’t mean he isn’t a good fighter. Johnson was the Flyweight Champion in LFA. If you aren’t familiar with LFA it’s basically the American equivalent of Cage Warriors. You are battle tested in LFA and if you become a Champion the chances are the UFC are going to sign you.

So this is a very interesting match-up but still right now I don’t think that Mokaev gets tested enough to the point he loses. This is going to be another fight I see him doing extremely well in and I don’t see Mokaev losing a fight until he hits the top 20 of the division. But even when that time comes, he is going to have improved and developed so much that he could run through that pool of fighters at that time. If a fighter is going to beat Mokaev outside the best fighters in the division then now is the time to do it whilst he’s still developing. But even though he’s still developing he’s still a problem. I’m not sure Mokaev finds another finish here so I am predicting a dominant three round decision victory for Muhammad Mokaev.”

Cauley Quilty, Editor for VMTV, had this to say on the fight: “Muhammad Mokaev is always a treat to watch in action and his UFC debut back in March was nothing short of spectacular! He came to fight and did exactly that getting the first round finish and I see him doing the same thing when he steps back out there against Charles Johnson. His extensive amateur career and impressive run of professional performances make it almost impossible to not side with Mokaev in this bout, especially with the way he defeated Durden on his debut.

However, Charles Johnson isn’t an opponent anyone should underestimate as his resume and recent performances speak for themselves! His fight vs Carlos ‘Mota’ Tizil was a barnburner and with 8 of his 11 wins coming by way of finish you know he can get the job done when needed. Both fighters are highly touted and respected so expect the winner of this to receive a bump up in competition on their next outing.”

Who do you think leaves the ‘Fight To Watch’ with their hand raised? Be sure to let us know your predictions below!

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Sumo | Summer Tournament wide open after 10 days

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The Sumo Summer Tournament has a surprise joint-leader after 10 days, but many Rikishi are in with a shout of glory with only 5 days to go.

So far, only two have managed to achieve a guaranteed winning record, with M15 ranked Ichiyamamoto and M4 Takanosho posting 8-2 records 10 days in to the basho. It remains to be seen if he can keep up his championship challenge, but Ichiyamamoto is bringing back memories of the January 2020 basho when the M17 ranked Tokushoryu took home the title in a huge surprise. Whatever happens, Ichiyamamoto should see himself catapulted up the rankings for the next tournament if he can keep up this form. It is a welcome return to form for Takanosho who has previously been a Sekiwake.

Sumo: Summer Tournament – M15 ranked Ichiyamamoto finds himself in the joint-lead after 10 days of action.

Despite his patchy form, Terunofuji has scrapped himself to a 7-3 record, which puts him 1 behind the leaders in a large chasing pack. On day 10 he managed to get by a spirited Hoshoryu who is improving all the time. The Mongolian giant will be hopeful of taking home his first championship of the year. Others in the pack on 7-3 are Kiribayama, Ura, Sadanoumi and Aoiyama. With NINE more wrestlers on 6-4, only two behind the leaders and with an outside shot, there will be an amazing 16 Rikishi who may be dreaming of lifting the Emperor’s Cup come Sunday 22nd May. The chances of there being a playoff for the win for the second tournament running are looking pretty high.

Down at the other end of the table, it has been another tournament to forget for March’s playoff runner-up, Takayasu, who has posted a losing record of 2-8 so far. After doing so well to get himself back to M1 rank, he will find himself going down the rankings ahead of the July tournament. Ozeki Shodai has continued his poor form and one more defeat will once again see him staring down the possibility of losing his rank come July. March winner Wakatakakage, alongside fellow Sanyaku ranked competitors Abi, Takakeisho and Mitakeumi, are all fighting for winning records having gone 5-5 so far.

Keep an eye out for the next update after Saturday’s day 14 when I will be recapping the standings and looking ahead to what promises to be a very exciting final-day’s action.

Remember to check out the VMTV Sumo introduction and guide here if you need a refresher of the rules and some of the words used in these articles.

You can find the full rankings and results of the tournament so far at the Japan Sumo Association’s page here.

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UFC London | Aspinall vs Blaydes Staff Predictions

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The UFC will take centre stage once again in London as they return to UK shores for a second time this year on July 23rd. Following the immense success of the previous show in March, the O2 Arena will again play host to another stacked night of fights.

Headlining the card is surging heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall who will be looking to cement his name amongst the top ranked in the division with a win over #4 ranked Curtis Blaydes. It’s do or die for Darren Till when he faces Jack Hermansson in the co-main event as he aims to get his first win since 2019.

Leading up to the event, VMTV have teamed up with MMAPlay365 and our writing staff will be giving their predictions for each fight on the card as there announced. You can view details on the partnership between VMTV and MMAPlay365 here.

Tom Aspinall vs Curtis Blaydes

  • Cauley – Curtis Blaydes via KO/TKO, R4
  • Matt – Tom Aspinall via decision
  • Jamie -Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Jake – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Darragh – Curtis Blaydes via KO/TKO, R3
  • Harry – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R3
  • Colin – Tom Aspinall via KO/TKO, R2

Darren Till vs Jack Hermansson

  • Cauley – Jack Hermansson via decision
  • Matt – Darren Till via KO/TKO, R2
  • Jamie – Darren Till via decision
  • Jake – Darren Till via decision
  • Darragh – Jack Hermansson via submission, R3
  • Harry – Jack Hermansson via decision
  • Colin – Darren Till via decision

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson

  • Cauley – Nikita Krylov via decision
  • Matt – Nikita Krylov via KO/TKO, R1
  • Jamie – Alexander Gustafsson via decision
  • Jake – Nikita Krylov via submission, R1
  • Darragh – Nikita Krylov via decision
  • Harry – Alexander Gustafsson via decision
  • Colin – Nikita Krylov via decision

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir

  • Cauley – Paul Craig via submission, R1
  • Matt – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Jamie – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Jake – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Darragh – Paul Craig via submission, R1
  • Harry – Paul Craig via submission, R2
  • Colin – Paul Craig via submission, R2

Muhammed Mokaev vs Charles Johnson

  • Cauley – Muhammed Mokaev via KO/TKO, R2
  • Matt – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R1
  • Jamie – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R2
  • Jake – Muhammed Mokaev via decision
  • Darragh – Muhammed Mokaev via KO/TKO, R1
  • Harry – Muhammed Mokaev via decision
  • Colin – Muhammed Mokaev via submission, R1

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy

  • Cauley – Molly McCann via KO/TKO, R3
  • Matt – Molly McCann via decision
  • Jamie – Molly McCann via KO/TKO, R2
  • Jake – Molly McCann via decision
  • Darragh – Molly McCann via decision
  • Harry – Molly McCann via decision
  • Colin – Molly McCann via decision

Mandy Bohm vs Victoria Leonardo

  • Cauley – Victoria Leonardo via KO/TKO, R2
  • Matt – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Jamie – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Jake – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Darragh – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Harry – Mandy Bohm via decision
  • Colin – Mandy Bohm via decision
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