ONE Championship 158: Fabricio Andrade folds Kwon Won-Il in 62 seconds and calls out John Lineker; Tawanchai earns title shot
- Andrade tells ONE bantamweight MMA champ ‘don’t hide’ after impressive liver-kick KO of No 3-ranked Kwon
- Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida gets another first-round finish before Tawanchai smashes Niclas Larsen to set up showdown with Petchmorakot
Fabricio Andrade told ONE Championship bantamweight king John Lineker “you’re next” after a US$50,000 performance bonus-winning liver-kick KO of Kwon Won-Il on Friday night in Singapore.
“The Wonder Boy” made light weight of the No-2 ranked South Korean in the ONE 158 co-main event at Singapore Indoor Stadium, surely setting up a crack at Brazilian champ Lineker.
One man who will certainly get a title opportunity is Tawanchai, who stopped Niclas Larsen inside two rounds to set up a showdown with featherweight Muay Thai champ Petchmorakot.
BJJ legend Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida also continued his impressive start in MMA, getting his first TKO with a quick finish of Simon Carson.
Here are all the results from an action-packed night:
Tawanchai flattens Larsen for bonus and title shot
Tawanchai was the picture of dominance in the ONE 158 main event, stopping Niclas Larsen with a blistering left hand in the second round of their featherweight Muay Thai fight.
“I feel so happy, and extremely grateful and super, super excited,” the Thai said after his victory, which earned him a US$50,000 performance bonus.
Widely considered one of the top pound-for-pound talents in Muay Thai today, Tawanchai is expected to receive the next crack at his division’s reigning champion, his fellow Thai Petchmorakot Petchyindee.
“I’m coming for you,” he said, addressing the champion. “See you very soon.”
Andrade folds Kwon, calls out Lineker
Fabricio Andrade underlined his credentials for a bantamweight title shot after an impressive first-round liver-kick KO of Kwon Won-Il in the co-main event.
“The Wonder Boy” got it done in just 62 seconds, crumpling his South Korean foe with a perfectly-placed shot that earned him a US$50,000 performance bonus.
“I have been working a lot on my kicks, everything,” Andrade said. “I knew he had some openings and I knew when I touch him I have some different power, some different speed.
“I knew I was going to finish him and I know I’m going to finish John Lineker. Get ready boy, I’m next.
“I have more wins than he does in ONE Championship now. I’m coming for you, John ‘Chicken’ Lineker. Don’t hide, you are next.”
McLaren scores quick tap against Xie
Reece McLaren made a successful return from a year-long layoff at ONE 158, surviving an early knockdown to submit Chinese striker Xie Wei with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their flyweight MMA bout.
The win was the Australian’s first since relocating his training to Boonchu Gym on the Gold Coast, where he now benefits from the coaching of retired Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr.
After the win, he called for a rematch with Filipino striker Danny Kingad, who he lost a split decision to in 2019.
Akhmetov wins fifth straight, calls for title shot
Former flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov won his fifth consecutive fight on the ONE 158 main card, defeating Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada by unanimous decision with a diet of strikes and takedowns.
“It was a very tough opponent and it wasn’t an easy match,” the Kazakh said through an interpreter.
“Title fight, I’m ready,” he said in English. “Demetrious Johnson, Adriano Moraes, no problem.”
Inocente stops Opacic with body shot
Guto Inocente picked up one of the most impressive wins of the ONE 158 broadcast, stopping Serbia’s Rade Opacic with a jab to the body in round one of a heavyweight kick-boxing contest.
It was the Brazilian’s second win in ONE, and he hopes it will catapult him into a fight for the promotion’s vacant heavyweight kick-boxing title.
“I’m here to ask for the kick-boxing belt,” he said in his post-fight interview. “I hope they give me a chance.”
Failing that, Inocente said he is also open to fights under the Muay Thai and MMA rule sets, having competed in both sports extensively in the past.
Silva gets revenge
Alex Silva got some sweet revenge with a first-round submission of Adrian Mattheis in the opening bout of the main card.
After a shock knockout defeat at ONE: Lights Out in February, which he protested was too early, the former strawweight MMA champ relentlessly hunted the tap.
He quickly took “The Papua Bad Boy” down and first tried an arm bar, before going to an omoplata, and finally an inside heel hook, which got the job done.
“Whatever happened the first fight it’s the past,” Silva said. “But most importantly I respect everybody here. All my opponents. I know a lot of people say things in the internet. It’s bulls***. You know me.
“This fight was emotional. I come in here humble, but I come here to smash him. I’m never gonna count the first fight on my record.”
BJJ black belt and Evolve MMA instructor Silva also picked up a US$50,000 bonus from ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for his efforts.
“This guy gives me so much more than this,” Silva said. “His loyalty, his friendship, his advice. He’s my mentor, my brother. Today I’m still here fighting because of that guy. He picked me up, pushed me and said ‘let’s go’.”
Mangat edges ‘Y2K’
Gurdarshan Mangat defeated Yodkaikaew Fairtex via split decision in the final fight of Friday’s lead card, after seeing off a late rally from the Thai in their flyweight MMA bout.
Mangat used his grappling in the first two rounds to nullify the fearsome striking of “Y2K”, who wobbled the Indian-Canadian in the third round only to come up narrowly short.
“I came to my senses very quick,” Mangat said. “I wasn’t out or anything, but it woke me up – for a flyweight he has serious power. To have a ‘W’ on my record next to the name Fairtex is a great honour.”
Speak to ONE commentator Mitch Chilson, “Saint Lion” then called out former champ Geje Eustaquio.
“He’s been calling me out,” Mangat said. “Philippines versus India. Geje Eustaquio. We can do it in Manila. We can take it to India. Or we can do it right here in Singapore.”
Rusu sees off Toutouh
Moldova’s Constantin Rusu defeated Marouan Toutouh by unanimous decision in their lightweight kickboxing fight.
Rusu put up a good performance with lots of activity and plenty of pressure, before celebrating with some push-ups in the Circle.
Buchecha smashes Carson to TKO
Brazilian jiu jitsu legend Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida finally made it back into the ONE Circle on Friday, pummelling short-notice opponent Simon Carson to a first-round TKO after a string of cancelled fights.
“When I saw the opportunity, I saw he couldn’t escape, I started hitting,” he said in his post-fight interview.
“It’s good to be back.”
It was the Brazilian’s first win by way of strikes, and it pushed him to 3-0 in MMA. He remains one of the top contenders in ONE’s heavyweight division.
Delaney submits Barghi
American heavyweight Odie Delaney is now 2-0 in ONE Championship after submitting Iran’s Mehdi Barghi on Friday’s lead card.
Delaney spent much of round one feeling his opponent out on the feet, then turned to his world-class grappling in round two. After scoring a takedown, he locked up his foe’s arm and forced the tap.
In victory, he built on the momentum of an impressive submission win over Thomas Narmo in his ONE debut – the product of a hammerlock variation – and cemented himself as one of the division’s most promising talents.
Mirzamukhamedov scores comeback over Didier
Uzbekistani Muay Thai champ Zhasur Mirzamukhamedov picked up a come-from-behind win on Friday in Singapore, weathering some early adversity to defeat Australia’s Duke Didier by decision in a heavyweight MMA contest.
The striking specialist was taken down and glued to the canvas for much of rounds one and two, but ultimately swayed the judges with a vicious assault of knees on the ground in round three – easily the most decisive moment of the fight.
The win marked a successful ONE debut for Mirzamukhamedov – the promotion’s first fighter from Uzbekistan – while Didier will have to wait for his first taste of victory in the Circle.
Olsim edges Mezabarba
Jenelyn Olsim edged out Julie Mezabarba in a razor close split decision in their atomweight MMA fight.
The result was announced after a long delay while the judges made up their minds after 15 minutes of action, leaving the Brazilian Mezabarba with a second straight loss.
Marques pieces up Kim
Edson Marques secured a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Kim Kyung-lock in the opening bout of the night.
The lightweight MMA fight went the full 15 minutes, with Marques looking close to finishing Kim in the second round.
The South Korean proved he had an iron chin, however, and did well to go the distance, but really troubled the Brazilian, who left his foe’s face bruised and battered with a hematoma above the left eye.