ONE Championship: For Honor – Results and Highlights

Youth Prevails Over Experience, as Jonathan Haggerty Wins Featherweight Muay Thai Belt Over Thai Legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao

ONE Championship’s latest event was hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 3, 2019 — and featured Thai Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defending his Featherweight belt against 22-year-old up and coming British fighter Jonathan Haggerty. The event also featured the ONE Championship debut of veteran Japanese fighter Yushin Okami, whose 47-fight career has spanned across all of the major global promotions including UFC, Dream, Pride and PFL.

It ended up being a night of upsets as Haggerty defeated Gaiyanghadao, proving youth can beat experience, and Okami suffered a TKO defeat to Kyrgyz grappler Abbasov.

Jonathan Haggerty def. Sam-A Gaiyanghadao by unanimous decision (Muay Thai: Featherweight World Championship)

Thai legend Gaiyanghadao (366-46-9), has racked up all the top titles in Muay Thai over his 25-year career. Defending his featherweight title for the first time, the 36-year-old faced the up and coming British fighter Haggerty (14-1-0).

A classic battle between youth and experience saw some superb action from both fighters. Haggerty used his height advantage well, consistently landing push kicks to find range. The Thai fighter pushed the pace throughout the fight, but the young Brit used excellent fight IQ to spot opportunities to put pressure on Sam-A, stunning him twice in the fight to get the referee’s count. Sam-A pulled out all the stops, but at the end of the day, youth prevailed to win the unanimous decision.

Kiamrian Abbasov def. Yushin Okami by TKO in Round 2 (MMA: Welterweight)

Japanese MMA veteran Okami (35-12-0) fought for the first time in ONE Championship after many years of fighting in UFC, Deep, Pride, PFL, Pancrase and others. Abbasov (20-4-0), a grappler from Kyrgyzstan secured a round 1 submission in his last fight, but against a much less formidable opponent in Malaysia’s Agilan Thani. The Kyrgyz grappler went in to the fight as a clear underdog.

Okami dominated the first round, securing an early takedown that landed him directly in mount. He spent the entire round on top. Round 2 saw Abbasov stay on his feet landing some good punches. A beautiful right hand sent the Japanese fighter to the canvass. Abbasov followed up with some ferocious ground and pound before the referee stepped in to end the fight for the upset.

Marat Gafurov def. Tetsuya Yamada by unanimous decision (MMA: Catchweight 71.4kg)

This bout was supposed to take place at featherweight, but was reclassified to catchweight. As ONE Championship doesn’t publish fighters’ weights, we can only speculate which fighter missed weight.

Gafurov (16-2-0) was the ONE featherweight champion before he lost the belt to Martin Nguyen in 2017. He is a renowned grappler, having won 12 out of his 16 wins by submission and 9 of those by rear naked choke. Yamada (26-6-2) is an experienced Japanese fighter of 29 years, also with strong grappling skills.

An early takedown by Gafurov saw him dominate the first-round, laying ground and pound to the Japanese fighter. Round 2 saw some good kicks and knees from the Japanese fighter before the Russian again secured the takedown and continued from where he left off in Round 1. Round three saw more of the same, with the unanimous decision going to the former Featherweight champ.

Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon def. Tyler Hardcastle by knock out in Round 3 (Muay Thai: Bantamweight)

“The Lightning Knee” Jitmuangnon (232-69-2) has held 6 different titles in Muay Thai and is one of ONE Championship’s big Muay Thai signings in recent years.

The match saw Jitmuangnon constantly pushing forwards and dominating the clinches. Hardcastle showed more promise in round 2 with some good counter striking. However, round 3 saw the experienced Thai fighter again pushing the pace and eventually getting the knock out with a devastating left knee to the body of his opponent.

Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Nou Srey Povby unanimous decision (MMA: Atomweight)

The crowd was clearly behind local hero Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol (5-4-0) for this match against Cambodian newcomer Nou Srey Pov (1-0-0). Pov had impressed in her debut in February when she defeated Rika ‘Tiny Doll’ Ishige in Bangkok.

An explosive bout saw the more experienced Indonesian dominate the match using her superior ground game. Despite some strong kicking from Pov, Gaol used some nice level changes to secure takedowns and then unleash ground and pound on the Cambodian. Several submission attempts were unsuccessful, but the Indonesian secured the judges points with her experience showing through.

Thanh Le def. Yusup Saadulaev by knock out in Round 2 (MMA: Featherweight)

Le (8-2-0) is a well-known figure to many, having excited fans with his kicking abilities on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter season 22. For his first appearance in ONE Championship, the Vietnamese-American taekwondo specialist was up against the more experienced Russian grappler Saadulaev (17-4-1). Saadulaev was by no means an easy match, coming off a five fight win streak and holding an impressive record.

Round 1 saw Le land some clean strikes before the Russian secured a takedown and started hunting for submissions. Le was unable to escape the Russian’s dominant ground game and the round ended with Saadulaev in top position.
Le came out in round 2 and threw a high kick that grazed his opponents head. Le followed up with a heavy knee that caught Saadulaev square in the face — knocking the Russian out cold and ending the fight in spectacular fashion.

Dae Hwan Kim def. Ayideng Jumayi by TKO in Round 1 (MMA: Bantamweight)

Jumayi’s (17-4-1) first fight in ONE Championship didn’t end the way he planned. The Chinese, former Rebel FC Bantamweight champion, was up against Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim (14-4-1) — a ONE Championship veteran.

A slow round 1 start for both men saw 3 minutes of very little action. With two minutes to spare, both men started trading rapid fire blows. Kim landed a good uppercut that sent Jumayi reeling into the corner. Kim followed up and finished him off with a few more blows before referee Olivier Coste called the fight to an end for a quick win for Kim.

Full results:

Main Card
• Jonathan Haggerty def. Sam-A Gaiyanghadao by Unanimous Decision (Muay Thai: Featherweight World Championship)
• Kiamrian Abbasov def. Yushin Okami by TKO in Round 2 (MMA: Welterweight)
• Marat Gafurov def. Tetsuya Yamada by Unanimous Decision (MMA: Catchweight 71.4kg)
• Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon def. Tyler Hardcastle by KO in Round 3 (Muay Thai: Bantamweight)
• Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Nou Srey Povby Unanimous Decision (MMA: Atomweight)
• Thanh Le def. Yusup Saadulaev by KO in Round 2 (MMA: Featherweight)
• Dae Hwan Kim def. Ayideng Jumayi by TKO in Round 1 (MMA: Bantamweight)

Preliminary Card
• Ryogo Takahashi def. Keanu Subba by TKO in Round 1 (MMA – Featherweight)
• Suntono def. Paul Lumihi by Unanimous Decision (MMA – Bantamweight)
• Kenta Yamada def. Deividas Danyla by Split Decision (Muay Thai – Bantamweight)
• Chan Rothana def. Rudy Agustian by TKO in Round 2 (MMA – Flyweight)
• Andrew Miller def. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud by Split Decision (Muay Thai – Bantamweight)
• Adrian Mattheis def. Himanshu Kaushik by Submission in Round 1 (Rear naked choke) (MMA – Strawweight)
• Angelo Bimoadji def. Guntur by Submission in Round 1 (Arm bar) (MMA – Strawweight)


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