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ONE 156 | Eersel vs Sadikovic weigh-ins & hydration results



ONE Championship have released the final weight and hydration results for today’s upcoming event, ONE 156: Eersel vs Sadikovic.

Regian Eersel looks to bring “The Immortal” out when he clashes with fast rising contender Arian Sadikovic in the main event of the evening. Eersel is the reigning Lightweight champion and has remained undefeated since 2016, picking up wins against Brad Riddell, Nieky Holzken x2 and most recently Islam Murtazaev in a five round war!

The challenger on the night, Arian Sadikovic, will be no easy task for Eersel though. The German monster thoroughly impressed on his promotional debut against former champion Mustapha Haida in December and is full of confidence heading into this title fight.

Elsewhere on ONE 156, 17 year old Smilla Sundell looks to become amongst the youngest champions in the promotion when she faces Jackie Buntan in the Muay Thai strawweight division. Bokang Masunyane will also forfeit 20% of his fight purse to former UFC alumni Jarred Brooks after missing weight. Featured on the prelims, legendary grappler and submission mastermind Masakazu Imanari will face the five time world BJJ champion, Mikey Musucemi in a submission grappling bout.

You can catch the final weight and hydration results for ONE 156 below.


Kickboxing – Lightweight (155 LBS – 170 LBS)
Regian Eersel (169.1 LBS, 1.0031) vs. Arian Sadikovic (169.4 LBS, 1.0061)

Muay Thai – Strawweight (115 LBS – 125 LBS)
Smilla Sundell (122.4 LBS, 1.0074) vs. Jackie Buntan (124.7 LBS, 1.0237)

Mixed Martial Arts – Catchweight (128 LBS)
Bokang Masunyane (128 LBS, 1.0183) vs. Jarred Brooks (123.2 LBS 1.0009)

Muay Thai – Bantamweight (135 LBS – 145 LBS)
Liam Harrison (144.6 LBS, ​​1.0044) vs. Muangthai PK.Saenchai (145 LBS, 1.0183)

Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight (135 LBS – 145 LBS)
Chen Rui (144.7 LBS, 1.0103) vs. Song Min Jong (143.1 LBS, 1.0031)

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (115 LBS – 125 LBS)
Namiki Kawahara (123 LBS, 1.0031) vs. Danial Williams (124.6 LBS, 1.0031)


Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (115 LBS – 125 LBS)
Yosuke Saruta (124.8 LBS, 1.0087) vs. Gustavo Balart (124.8 LBS, 1.0244)

Kickboxing – Light Heavyweight (205 LBS – 225 LBS)
Andrei Stoica (221.8 LBS, 1.0128) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (225 LBS, 1.0136)

Muay Thai – Atomweight (105 LBS – 115 LBS)
Anissa Meksen (114.1 LBS, 1.0103) vs. Marie Ruumet (112.8 LBS, 1.0099)

Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight (125 LBS – 135 LBS)
Windson Ramos (134.3 LBS, 1.0210) vs. Woo Sung Hoon (134.3 LBS, 1.0027)

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight (115 LBS – 125 LBS)
Ayaka Miura (123.9 LBS, 1.0172) vs. Dayane Cardoso (124.5 LBS, 1.0248)

Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight (155 LBS – 170 LBS)
Abraao Amorim (168.4 LBS, 1.0116) vs. Dae Sung Park (170 LBS, 1.0144)

Mixed Martial Arts – Welterweight (170 LBS – 185 LBS)
Agilan Thani (183 LBS, 1.0191) vs. Jin Tae Ho (182.7 LBS, 1.0014)

Submission Grappling – Catchweight (143 LBS)
Masakazu Imanari (142 LBS, 1.0036) vs. Mikey Musumeci (141.4 LBS, 1.0187)

Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight (145 LBS – 155 LBS)
Keanu Subba (153.6 LBS KG, 1.0057) vs. James Yang (154.4 LBS, 1.0040)

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.

Catchweight of 128 LBS agreed. 20% of Masunyane’s purse will go to his opponent for missing contracted weight.


Fight To Watch | Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson



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



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



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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