ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS (ENGLISH)

ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS (ENGLISH)

ONE Championship returns home to “The Lion City” for its latest thriller, and you can stay connected to all of the action. Follow our blog for ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS, coming to you live from beautiful Singapore. In the main event, ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will defend his title against Thai phenom Saemapetch Fairtex. The card will also feature Amir Khan, Ev Ting, Rahul Raju, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Alex Silva, Colbey Northcutt, and more!

    That is it for us from "The Lion City."

     

    We're off to Malaysia for ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS next month, but in the meantime, check out ONEFC.com for more news about that event and to relive all the great action from ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS.

     

    Goodnight, Singapore!

    11/22/2019 4:51:49 PM

    The World Champion speaks on his monumental fourth-round knockout victory. “Saemapetch is a really strong opponent. He got a lot of my punches, but he didn’t easily go down. I also got his — he has very strong hands. I’m so happy that I can finish this fight by knockout because I waited for five fights and everybody kept asking me 'When will it happen?' I try to finish every time, but it depends on the right time. Finally, I did it today.”

    11/22/2019 4:51:25 PM

    ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed his thoughts about the Amir Khan versus Ev Ting bout: "I thought Ev Ting won the fight. I love Amir Khan, but I feel like he didn't do anything tonight."

    11/22/2019 4:29:05 PM

    And your winner for ONE: FANTASY tonight is ... Byron Cristol. Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you defend the title during ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS!

    11/22/2019 3:48:38 PM

    It was a close bout, but Amir Khan defeated Ev Ting via split decision. We spoke to him backstage, and he opened up about his strategy. “I think I did more damage. He was trying to suck me into a brawl, and we knew he would try to brawl with me because that's where he is at his best. But I played it smart, just trying to get the victory tonight,” he explained. “I knew I was winning. I was trying to do damage and catch him when he was coming in. The fans wanted that brawl, but like I said, I came to win and do my country proud.”

    11/22/2019 3:44:11 PM

    Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defeats Saemapetch Fairtex via knockout at 1:46 of round four (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion)

    11/22/2019 3:40:04 PM
    ROUND FOUR
     
    There was a big leg sweep from Nong-O seconds into the fourth round, but Saemapetch carried on and tried to gain some forward momentum.
     
    The two traded kicks, but the pair were both on guard. As Saemapetch backed Nong-O up, the reigning king stepped forward and blasted a cross, which put out the challenger for good.
    11/22/2019 3:37:58 PM
    ROUND THREE
     
    Nong-O kept up the pressure, but Saemapetch showed much more life. He took some of his rival's shots, and he retaliated with punches, elbows, and knees.

    But still, the reigning champion put him on the back foot and forced him to counter-strike, all while eating more punches.
     
    The pace slowed down halfway into the stanza, but during a wild exchange, Nong-O slipped and absorbed some more punches once he jumped up to his feet. The challenger even threw a beautiful knee to the ribs.
     
    Saemapetch used his kicks towards the end, but he concentrated on landing power shots and quick one-twos.
    11/22/2019 3:34:42 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    Nong-O picked up right where he left off with kicks to the body and the legs, but his compatriot fired back with kicks more frequently and connected.
     
    Saemapetch ate a big elbow, but still landed some good kicks and left his mark on the reigning championship's stomach. He almost caught Nong-O with a counter right to his kick, but it missed the target. But then, Nong-O went for the finish.
     
    He darted forward with a nonstop combination of hooks, jabs, and crosses until Saemapetch fell down.

    Once he got back up, he was clearly dazed. Nong-O chased him back to the corner with another melee of punches, including massive uppercuts that dropped the challenger face-down to the ground.
     
    Although the bell rang to end the round, Saemapetch rose to his feet.
    11/22/2019 3:31:51 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    Slight teep kicks and boxing to measure his range was Nong-O's opening strategy. He found his range quickly, and a jab-jab-cross shot through his rival's guard. Seamapetch caught a kick and threw a knee in the clinch, but the pair quickly got separated.
     
    Fake kicks, followed by real roundhouses to the body and more punches caught Saemapetch, but he wore it like armor. The calm aggression of Nong-O seems to be the story of the frame, as he left some red marks on the legs, face, and even the body.
    11/22/2019 3:26:56 PM
    11/22/2019 3:18:18 PM

    There is more at stake than just a gold belt. This match is all about pride and skill. Who is the very best bantamweight striker on the planet? We’re about to find out in what is sure to be an incredible display of Muay Thai action!

    11/22/2019 3:10:53 PM

    Saemapetch has called Nong-O his idol, but he promises the emotional connection won’t stop him from taking the champ out tonight. He told us that, and much more, at ONEFC.com.

    11/22/2019 3:10:29 PM

    Find out what advantages the World Champion sees against his toughest challenge to date. This is what he told ONEFC.com.

    11/22/2019 3:08:36 PM

    It’s main event time! The ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship is on the line. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defends the gold against Saemapetch Fairtex!

    11/22/2019 3:08:11 PM

    Amir Khan defeats Ev Ting via split decision (mixed martial arts — lightweight)

    11/22/2019 3:06:25 PM
    ROUND THREE
     
    Ting piled on the pressure to open up the third frame.
     
    Khan managed to keep the Malaysian-Kiwi at bay with kicks, but Ting was relentless in his approach.

    The human highlight-reel from Auckland MMA kept looking for the power shot, but was met with a nice counter from Khan. It is yet another close clinch battle, and they reset to the middle. 
     
    Khan remained on the defensive side, as Ting managed to tag him with some stinging combinations. Ting sensed an opening and brought Khan down to the canvas, but it was short-lived as Khan recovered admirably. 
     
    It is another striking exchange as each man fired off punches and kicks, although neither could connect cleanly.
     
    The bell soon rung to signal an end to this explosive encounter. We are headed to the judges' scorecards.
    11/22/2019 3:05:35 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    Ting went to work with a series of jabs and drove some knees while in the clinch.
     
    Just as "E.T." unleashed a nice right hand, he gave up position and Khan took his back, but the Singaporean hero failed to get the takedown. Both men dared each other to strike, but it was Ting who obliged first, delivering several kicks and jabs to the body of his rival.
     
    The Malaysian got a nice takedown, but Khan resisted his attempts to establish top control. Khan kept a high guard as Ting continued to stalk, but neither man could get the decisive finish.
     
    We are headed to the third and final round.
    11/22/2019 2:58:01 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    The men circle each other in the ring, and Khan scored first with a front kick. Ting lunged forward with a neat one-two and tied up Khan towards the corner.
     
    The action resumed in the middle. Ting threw a looping left hand while Khan responded with one of his own, and then he scored a brief takedown.
     
    "E.T." got back to his feet before the two tussled again with Ting barely getting the takedown. Khan danced around as his rival started to stalk him. 
     
    The Malaysian-Kiwi sensation unleashed a spinning roundhouse kick, and the two become locked near the corner yet again.
     
    Khan strung together a two-punch combination and a high kick that sent Ting backwards. The Singaporean clinched with his causeway rival at the corner. Khan continued to jab, and a nice clean strike grazed Ting, but he could not get the followup.
     
    They tussled and both fell to the canvas just as the first frame came to an end.
    11/22/2019 2:52:58 PM
    11/22/2019 2:42:44 PM

    We spoke to Khan prior to the bout, here is what he said he has to prove leading into the evening.

    11/22/2019 2:41:42 PM

    Khan and Ting combine for 31 ONE Championship bouts. Tonight is their first-ever meeting. It has been a long, winding road to get to this match-up.

    11/22/2019 2:40:20 PM

    Two longtime ONE Championship athletes finally meet inside the ring for a lightweight contest. Amir Khan vs. Ev “E.T.” Ting in the co-main event is next.

    11/22/2019 2:39:38 PM

    Dejdamrong got back into the winner’s circle with a huge third-round victory against Muhammad Imran. In victory, he proved age is not an issue. “Imran is young — he is only 27 years old, and I am 41 years old. I had to be more in control of myself by not going too fast. I learned from the last fight because I had so much confidence in myself, and that made me lose. So in this fight, I had to be more careful, which made me feel like I had a little more control and could not put all the power into my strikes. Anyway, I am happy with the result today,” he said. “Even though I am 41 years old, people might think that I am too old to fight. But I know myself — I take care of myself very well, and I still have the fire and hunger for a chance to challenge for the World Title again.”

    11/22/2019 2:38:50 PM
    Troy Worthen defeats Chen Lei via TKO at 4:56 of round two (mixed martial arts — catch weight of 68.5 kilograms)
    11/22/2019 2:38:09 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    Worthen landed a head kick, but it was partially blocked and did not have the full force behind it. The two once against found themselves clinched in the corner of the ring. "Pretty Boy" changed levels and completed another takedown.
     
    The American training out of Evolve MMA worked diligently from Chen's guard. Worthen advanced to half-guard but could not complete his transition to mount. "Rock Man" could not get free and got stuck under the wrestling dynamo. Worthen finally was able to pass into the mount and unleased hard punches until the referee was forced to step in mere seconds before the bell.
    11/22/2019 2:37:36 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    The opening minute was as advertised with the two athletes throwing heavy-leather. Worthen closed the distance and clinched with Chen in the corner to break the pace of his counterpart.
     
    The referee separated them out of the corner to put them back in the center of the ring. "Pretty Boy" used his wrestling acumen to put Chen on his back once he had space. "Rock Man" worked from his closed guard to mitigate any potential damage.
     
    This round closed with Worthen on top, but Chen actively threw strikes from the bottom.
    11/22/2019 2:30:15 PM
    11/22/2019 2:19:13 PM

    Think this one is headed to the scorecards? In a combined 11 wins, these two post two submissions and six knockouts. A combined 73% finish rate!

    11/22/2019 2:17:46 PM

    Up next, Troy Worthen squares-off against Chen Lei in a bantamweight showdown in what should be pure action from start-to-finish.

    11/22/2019 2:14:41 PM

    Rahul Raju defeats Furqan Cheema via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:00 of round two (mixed martial arts — catch weight of 81 kilograms)

    11/22/2019 2:13:30 PM

    ROUND TWO

     

    Sticking to his grapple-heavy strategy, Raju went for the takedown in the corner. Though he got the Pakistani down and briefly spun around to his back, Cheema escaped. 

     

    A stand-up battle took place, with Raju backing up his rival with strikes and using punches to set up his takedowns. Following a call for more action, the two engaged more.

     

    Raju would take him down, step over the guard to take his back, and secure the bout-ending rear-naked choke.

    11/22/2019 2:12:32 PM

    ROUND ONE

     

    Raju ducked a spinning strike early, lunged at his opponent with a body lock, and worked for a takedown towards the ropes. Despite the Indian’s best efforts, the two separated. The pair exchanged occasional strikes, but Raju carefully brought his opponent to the ground in the corner, spun him around, and attacked from inside the Pakistani’s guard.

     

    The Indian moved to side control, where he tried to soften him up with an elbow and a knee, but too much space allowed Cheema to escape. However, action was stopped as it was noticed that the Pakistani grabbed the ropes on multiple occasions, despite repeated warnings. As a result, he was given a yellow card.

     

    Action resumed with Raju working for a takedown in the corner, He went into his bag of tricks by softening his rival’s leg with knees and utilizing foot stamps. But to no avail — the bell rang to end the round.

    11/22/2019 2:08:50 PM
    11/22/2019 2:01:37 PM

    Singapore will be loud for Raju when he makes his walk. The Indian is now based in Singapore and training out of Juggernaut Fight Club. Learn more about his journey here.

    11/22/2019 1:56:02 PM

    “The Lion” is a perfect 3-0 in his young career. The Manchester-based Pakistani could be the next fighter to watch due to his boxing and jiu-jitsu background.

    11/22/2019 1:54:55 PM

    Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju and Furqan “The Lion” Cheema will meet in a catchweight bout as the action rolls on at ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS!

    11/22/2019 1:54:21 PM

    Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Muhammad Imran via TKO at 1:21 of round three (mixed martial arts — catch weight of 81 kilograms)

    11/22/2019 1:53:05 PM
    ROUND THREE
     
    Imran started the round on the defense, as Dejdramong continued to pepper his foe with leg kicks.
     
    A nice right hand from Dejdamrong caught Imran clean on the jaw. The Thai continued to head hunt, as he drove towards Imran and threw a series of high knees.
     
    The Pakistani was staggered, and he fell to the canvas. Dejdamrong followed to unleash ground and pound to seal the deal. The referee waved off the bout, and the Thai walked away with the victory.
    11/22/2019 1:52:54 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    Both men touched gloves and the action got underway. Dejdamrong continued to throw leg kicks but this time, Imran returned with a salvo of punches. 
     
    They engaged in a close quarters slugfest momentarily in the center of the ring. Both men swung but neither could land the clean power shot. A nice knee from Dejdamrong tenderized the ribs of the Pakistani.
     
    “Kru Rong” began to switch it up with some stiff jabs of his own, and he looked in control as Imran is forced to the outside. 
     
    The Thai legend followed with another high knee and Imran followed up with a takedown but it was easily stuffed by the Evolve representative. 
     
    Imran managed a single-leg takedown late in the second frame, and both men scramble on the ground, but Dejdamrong recoverd and brought the contest back to his feet. He continued to land thudding inside kicks and slammed a nice overhand right to Imran just as the bell sounded.
    11/22/2019 1:49:19 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    Dejdamrong played the role of early aggressor, as he inched forward and launched a few leg kicks.
     
    Imran, the more cautious of the two, opted to defend and counter, but could not get past the high guard of his Thai rival. Both men exchanged powerful leg kicks, but it was “Kru Rong” who packed more power, as his shots cracked the thigh of Imran.
     
    Dejdamrong continued to chip away at the lead thigh and delivered a roundhouse kick to the ribs of “The Spider.” The Pakistani warrior chained a few combinations together, but they failed to connect. The Thai legend threw with higher volume and consistency, unleashing a crisp strike through the Pakistani’s guard.
     
    Imran edged forward cautiously, and as Dejdamrong shot in with a leg kick, Imran caught him with a nicely-timed single leg takedown to bring the contest to the ground.
     
    Both men grappled for dominant position, but “Kru Rong” was able to fend off Imran’s attempts to gain control.
     
    We are headed to round two!
    11/22/2019 1:43:11 PM
    11/22/2019 1:32:48 PM

    Dejdamrong was the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Champion, but to reach that height again, he will have to win a clash of styles. “The Spider” is a multi-time submission grappling champion in Pakistan.

    11/22/2019 1:31:33 PM

    Strawweights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Muhammad “The Spider” Imran are next up on the docket!

    11/22/2019 1:28:54 PM

    Colbey Northcutt defeats Putri Padmi via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — flyweight)

    11/22/2019 1:26:32 PM
    ROUND THREE
     
    Northcutt scored with an early combination when Padmi landed a low outside leg kick. "Ami" continued to push forward, but the counter-striking of Northcutt was on point.
     
    Padmi finally got through as she backed her opponent against the ropes, but Northcutt was able to circle out back to the center of the ring quickly. The American continued to touch Padmi with peppering shots.
     
    Northcutt played a smart game, utilizing her physical gifts by keeping the Indonesian at bay throughout the contest.
    11/22/2019 1:26:20 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    Northcutt took a measured approach to the first minute of the round as she went back to utilizing her reach advantage over Padmi. The Indonesian got stuck on the outside as the American kept her at the end of her punches and kicks.
     
    Padmi struggled to find a way to close the distance. The American stung her with long jabs anytime "Ami" tried to come forward.
     
    Northcutt was more methodical in picking her shots as the round drew to a close.
    11/22/2019 1:20:07 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    Northcutt established her range early with long jabs. Padmi was stunned off a short right from Northcutt, and the American responded with a flurry seeking the finish.
     
    Padmi survived, and Northcutt began attacking submissions. First, it was a guillotine, but soon it was an armbar attempt. Padmi proved her mettle with constant defense to make Northcutt work hard. Northcutt went for a triangle choke next, but Padmi did not allow the choke to get tight enough for a finish.
     
    The American switched from the triangle choke to another armbar, but once again, Padmi fought out. Northcutt tripped Padmi to the mat and went back to a guillotine until the round ended.
    11/22/2019 1:14:11 PM
    11/22/2019 1:04:23 PM

    Colbey is the sister to “Super” Sage Northcutt, and she is just as decorated as him.

    11/22/2019 1:03:34 PM
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