ONE: Lights off lived as much as its invoice with some unbelievable fights, and ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong was clearly impressed with the performances of his athletes.
5 fighters obtained the US$50,000 prize, reaching the utmost of US$250,000 for the primary time because the promotion introduced efficiency bonus awards.
Thanh Le, John Lineker, Zhang Peimian, Iman Barlow and Liam Nolan had been all honored for his or her spectacular performances on the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday night time.
Nolan earned his bonus with a barrage of knees that led to a first-round TKO win over promotional newcomer Kim Kyung Lock.
Barlow adopted that up with a first-round TKO in his ONE Championship debut. The a number of Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion landed a cracking downward elbow to the nostril of Daniela Lopez that prompted the TKO at 1:39 of the primary spherical.
Later, Peimian opened the principle card with a hanging clinic in opposition to Josh Tonna to introduce himself to ONE Championship followers in a giant means. “The Fighting Rooster” picked up the tempo and finally knocked out Tonna with a left hook to the physique within the second spherical.
Within the co-main occasion, Lineker shocked the world with a shocking knockout of Bibiano Fernandes within the second spherical of their heated encounter. “Hands of Stone” justified his nickname and was topped the brand new ONE bantamweight world champion.
Lastly, Thanh Le capped off the night time of stoppages with a first-round knockout in the principle occasion of ONE: Lights Out. Le masterfully prevented any hazard from Garry Tonon’s leg locks and put out the lights on his opponent with fantastically positioned punches.
ONE: Lights Out sees 9 out of 10 fights finish earlier than the ultimate bell
There might not have been a better-named struggle card than ONE: Lights Out, the place 9 out of 10 fights did not make it to the judges’ scorecards.
Whereas the 5 efficiency bonus winners deserved all of it, 4 different fighters scored spectacular finishes that arguably deserved a bonus.
Eko Roni Saputra prolonged his first-round stoppage wins to 6 by forcing Chan Rothana to faucet out in simply 94 seconds to shut the lead card on a excessive.
Later, Adrian Mattheis picked up a victory over his idol, Alex Silva, after the referee stopped the competition simply 5 seconds into the second spherical of their encounter.
Kickboxing heavyweight Iraj Azizpour adopted that efficiency up with a come-from-behind knockout of promotional newcomer Ismael Londt within the second spherical of their match.
Lastly, Martin Nguyen bought again to profitable methods with a sensational efficiency in opposition to one other rookie fighter in Ukraine, Kirill Gorobets.