ONE Championship Masters of Destiny – results and highlights

Giorgio Petrosyan grabs his 100th career victory in a hard-fought rematch against Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy

ONE Championship returned to the Malaysian capital last night, filling the Axiata Arena with passionate martial arts fans.  MMA Latest was in attendence to bring you all the highlights.

Topping the bill was the rematch of the Flyweight Kickboxing Grand Prix semi-final between Giorgio Petrosyan (99-3-2) and Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (159-34-2).  Controversy surrounded this fight, with the previous bout initially scored in favour of the Thai fighter, but subsequently overturned by ONE Championship after the fact.  Having initially turned down the rematch, Petchmorakot was persuaded to accept the fight with a hefty financial incentive.  Petchmorakot told us beforehand he had been studying the Kickboxing ruleset and this was evident on the evening as he studiously avoided any clinching, automatically throwing his arms up in every clinch situation.  Petchmorakot goaded Petrosyan throughout the fight, laughing in his face at every strike.  The usually clinical Petrosyan showed flashes of visible anger at times, making for a passionate exchange between the two men.  At the end of three rounds, the judges gave the bout to Petrosyan who will proceed to face Smokin’ Jo Nuttawut in the Semi Final and is still in the running for the US$1,000,000 Grand Prix prize money.

In a women’s strawweight MMA bout, Brazilian grappler Michelle Nicolini (5-2-0) put on a grappling masterclass to earn a unanimous decision against the current Atomweight champion Angela Lee (9-1-0).  Lee’s gameplan for this fight was to keep it standing as long as possible and overwhelm Nicolini with her superior striking.  Unfortunately for Lee, Nicolini had other ideas, securing early take downs in all three rounds and controlling the ground game.  A BJJ Black Belt herself, Lee didn’t make life easy for Nicolini with some impressive reversals and landing some strikes from the ground.  Despite that, Nicolini was able to effectively control Lee even from the bottom, neutralising the threat of Lee’s fists and elbows.  With this victory, Nicolini may well be in contention for title shot against reigning Strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan.

In a lightweight MMA contest, Malaysian / New Zealand fighter Ev ‘ET’ Ting (16-6-0) delighted local fans with an incredible comeback to defeat Japan’s Daichi Abe (6-3-0) with a second-round rear naked choke.  The first round saw the Japanese fighter rock Ting with three knock downs due to strikes.  Ting desperately sought to regain his composure and seemed to just scrape by.  In the second, Ting managed to get control of his opponent and once he had the back, he secured the choke. 

The lightweight division is one of ONE Championships most stacked and Ting as one of the most seasoned fighters is coming off the back of two losses against two of its top athletes – Saygid ‘Dagi’ Guseyn Arslanaliev and Shinya Aoki.  Asked after the fight what he would like next, he told us that he feels that it is twice now that Featherweight fighters have been given a chance to compete for the Lightweight belt and he would ideally like to challenge Christian Lee for the title.  Failing that, he would like the winner or loser of Eduard Folayang vs. Eddie Alverez, which is scheduled for August in Manila.

Elsewhere on the card, two of Evolve MMA new signings from their global talent search both secured finishes on their debuts.  

USA’s Troy Worthen(4-0-0) was dominant throughout against China’s Chen Rui (7-0-0) and won via stoppage in round 2.  In both rounds, Worthen took the fight to the floor, unleashing volleys of ground and pound from a full mount position.  Rui managed to tough out the first round, but with a lack of defense shown in the second, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. 

Two-time European IBJJF no-gi champion Aleksi Toinvonen (6-1-0) showed off his grappling skills by defeating Japan’s Akihiro Fujisawa (5-1-0) with a round one rear naked choke.  Fujisawa initially sought to keep the fight standing, making life difficult for the Finnish grappler.  A strange change of tactic in the second half of the first round saw him go for a takedown, essentially gifting victory to the superior ground specialist.

The most controversial decision of the evening came when judges awarded a split decision victory to Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar over Bi ‘Killer Bee’ Nguyen.  Even the referee seemed surprised when he misheard the ring announcer’s result and raised Nguyen’s hand for an instant before rectifying his mistake.  Nguyen seemed to dominate the fight, pushing the pace throughout.  “I thought I won, the ref maybe thought I won” she said afterwards and most in the arena seemed to agree with her.

Full results

  • Giorgio Petrosyan def. Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy by unanimous decision (Kickboxing Featherweight World Grand Prix Quarter Final)
  • Michelle Nicolini def. Angela Lee by unanimous decision (MMA: Strawweight)
  • Ev Ting def. Daichi Abe by submission in R2 (MMA: Lightweight)
  • Gurdarshan Mangat def. Abro Fernandes by unanimous decision (MMA: Flyweight)
  • Jihin Radzuan def. Jomary Torres by submission in R1 (MMA: Atomweight)
  • Troy Worthen def. Chen Rui by TKO in R2 (MMA: Bantamweight)
  • Hiroki Akimoto def. Kenny Tse by unanimous decision (Kickboxing: Flyweight)
  • Janet Todd def. Kai Ting Chuang by majority decision (Kickboxing: Atomweight)
  • Dae Sung Park def. Kimihiro Eto by TKO in R2 (MMA: Lightweight)
  • Aleksi Toivonen def. Akihiro Fujisawa by submission in R1 (MMA: Flyweight)
  • Mohammed Bin Mahmoud def. Saiful Merican by unanimous decision (Muay Thai: Bantamweight)
  • Adrian Mattheis def. Li Zhe by TKO in R2 (MMA: Strawweight)
  • Bozhena Antoniyar def. Bi Nguyen by split decision (MMA: Atomweight)
  • Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy def. George Mann by split decision (Muay Thai: Featherweight)
  • Josh Tonna def. Yoshihisa Morimoto by unanimous decision (Kickboxing: Flyweight)

 

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