Interesting match-up here.
Miao has been on a tear as of late. This year, he has knocked out multi-time Lumpinee Stadium World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amuaysirichoke and smothered Pongsiri Mitsatit with his grappling game.
Jeremy Miado is a knockout artist with an ever-evolving grappling game. He has defeated reputable strikers like Dejdamrong and wrestlers like Peng Xue Wen.
Kicking off the main card is a strawweight tilt between surging Chinese warrior Miao Li Tao and the Philippines’ Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado.
Christina Breuer defeats Jorina Baars via split decision (kickboxing — women’s featherweight)
There was no quit in Breuer. She engaged with her taller foe and even took the center of the ring at times, but Baars soon regained control. The long kicks and step-in knees continue to find a home, as did her punches.
Baars, however, slowed down halfway into the period. From there, Breuer started to land with more frequency. As Breuer went high, the Dutch kickboxer went low, but then went back up top with single punches including hooks and jabs.
The final bell rang, and this match has become closer than most experts would have expected.
They met in the center of the ring and although Breuer landed some punches to the head, Baars walked her into the corner with even more powerful boxing combinations and knees.
The German athlete tried to foot jab her opponent's leg, but the success did not last. Baars continued unloading volume. A downward jab sent Breuer stumbling to the canvas.
Breuer kept reaching, but her constant movement looked like it started to take a toll on her breathing. She started breathing heavily and while she landed some of her kicks and punches, Baars was much crisper in the striking department.
Breuer attacked the undefeated kickboxing icon at the start, but Baars quickly took the center of the ring and controlled the pace. Baars walked down her smaller foe with well-placed knees and punches, but her German rival proved to be scrappy — she responded with push kicks and single shots of her own.
Baars upped the volume halfway into the stanza, continued to walk her down, and stepped in with even more punches and knees. Breuer had trouble with the reach, but leaned in and connected with a beautiful one-two. She did well to land her left hand as Baars came forward, and the German rising star even walked forward with combinations towards the end.
Before she steps into the ring, learn how Jorina Baars brought her childhood dream to life.
And we’re gearing up for the last bout on the preliminary card. Unbeaten kickboxing World Champion Jorina Baars collides with German sensation Christina Breuer.
Tang Kai defeats Edward Kelly via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — featherweight)
Yusup Saadulaev defeats Daichi Takenaka via split decision (mixed martial arts — bantamweight)
We head back to mixed martial arts action — this time, in the bantamweight division. Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev takes on Japan’s Daichi Takenaka.
Enriko Kehl defeats Armen Petrosyan via TKO at 1:55 of round two (kickboxing — catch weight of 73 kilograms)
Kehl refused to back down, and a beautiful left hook dropped Petrosyan for the first knockdown of the contest.
Petrosyan returned to his feet, but the German striker maintained the pressure. He blocked his rival’s shots and continued to unload high-volume combinations of elbows, kicks, step-in knees, ad punches. Petrosyan covered up against the ropes as Kehl unloaded with a nonstop barrage of strikes.
The referee stopped it to administer a standing count for the second knockdown of the bout, but ruled that Petrosyan was unable to continue.
Kehl immediately came out the gates with a non-stop melee of combinations and cracked his opponent early. Petrosyan countered with single power shots, one-two combinations, and the occasional kick, but Kehl still marched forward with a high-volume attack.
The pace slowed down halfway through the opening stanza, but Petrosyan continued to walk him down. He mixed up punches with kicks and step-in knees. Petrosyan opened up more in the last 15 seconds of the round, but Kehl attacked with a huge combination that had his rival covering against the ropes.
Up next is Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl versus Armen Petrosyan. This is a chance at redemption for Kehl, who lost to all-time great Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan via majority decision in 2015.
Hexigetu defeats Ramon Gonzales via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — flyweight)
Hexigetu immediately hit a takedown and operated in his opponent’s guard. He smothered Gonzales and went to unleash his ground and pound again, but the Filipino tried to push him off several times. However, the Chinese warrior stuck to him like glue.
With more than half the round over, Hexigetu advanced to half guard and went for an Americana, but was not able to finish the submission. The Chinese athlete returned to his ground and pound stylings, and threw strikes with more urgency.
In the final seconds, they stood up to exchange strikes, but a spinning heel kick from Gonzales and a cartwheel kick from Hexigetu failed to find their marks.
It was a more tentative start to the round, but Hexigetu remained true to his nickname “The Wolf Of The Grasslands” and hunted down his rival. He backed him into a corner, threw fire, and then hit another takedown.
Hexigetu tried advancing to a more favorable position. Gonzales managed to defend well, but the Chinese warrior refused to back down. He unloaded short elbows, and when he postured up, he connected with right punches and left-handed hammerfists.
As the Filipino tried to create space, Hexigetu switched tactics and went for a heel hook. When Gonzales tried to defend, the Chinese athlete threw back elbows to his head. There was no finish and, as a result, we are heading to the third and final round.
Hexigetu immediately rushed forward with punches and then hit a takedown, but Gonzales reversed the position and took the guard. The Filipino went for a guillotine choke and stood back up, but his rival picked him up in the air, slammed him to the mat, and jumped into the guard to unload some ground and pound.
As Hexigetu postured up, his opponent threatened with a kimura. The Chinese warrior cautiously defended and eventually rolled out of it. Then, he immediately jumped back into the guard with a right hand. He finished the round dropping well-placed elbows and punches.
We are getting the prelims started with “The Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu vs. Ramon “The Bicolana” Gonzales.
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Ritu Phogat makes her highly-anticipated mixed martial arts debut tonight. She is a celebrity in India and comes from a family of wrestling champions. Learn about her life, and her transition to mixed martial arts, here.
Get a little more familiar with tonight’s ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title challenger Wang Wenfeng, who overcame bullying and personal tragedy to reach this point of his life.
Here is the full bout card for this evening's show.
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