Sangmanee may be called “The Million Dollar Baby” now, but he was raised in poverty. Check out his story before the bell rings.
ONE Championship Vice President Miesha Tate interviewed Stamp Fairtex following her big victory over Bi Nguyen. She said, “I did a lot of takedown defense and looked for KO in the knees, but Bi is very tough.”
Two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex is backstage!
Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio defeats Toni “Dynamite” Tauru via knockout at 2:11 of round three (mixed martial arts — flyweight)
Eustaquio went back to the leg on the outset of the third frame. The kicks and combinations prevented Tauru from firing first.
Two minutes into the bout, the Filipino’s spinning back kick landed flush to his rival’s liver, and Tauru doubled over while dropping to his knees. Eustaquio saw no reason to do anything more and raised his arms in victory as the referee attended to Tauru.
This round was contested mostly on the feet. Eustaquio displayed his striking superiority, constantly stinging his rival with punches — especially hooks and jabs. At times, however, Tauru’s reach kept the Filipino hero on the edge.
Past the midway point of the bout, Eustaquio caught a leg, swept his opponent, and after a brief takedown attempt from Tauru, the match continued on the feet. The Finn backed his rival up, but was hesitant with his striking attack.
“Gravity” landed a heavy outside leg kick just before the bell sounded, and he carries momentum into the third and final round.
The two tied up quickly and Tauru spun around to the back of Eustaquio. They went to the mat and Tauru sought a rear-naked choke. Eustaquio kept the Finn from getting the arm under the chin, and then he spun into his opponent’s guard as the audience erupted in cheers. The action moved back to the feet before the end of the round.
In their first bout back in December 2016, Tauru defeated Eustaquio via submission in round one … in Manila.
How does he feel the rematch will go?
“The first time, I was the one to silence the crowd, and I will do that again.”
It’s time! It’s time! It’s TEAM LAKAY TIME!!!
The Rematch King himself Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio looks for some redemption against his old conqueror, Toni “Dynamite” Tauru next!
“The Underdog” Li Kai Wen thrilled fans across the globe with his explosive performance. But despite getting the win, he maintained a calm demeanor backstage. “To be honest, this is not a big deal for me. I know I have to keep going, and be better in my next fights,” he said. “I respect all of my opponents, but I also want to go through them.”
Stamp Fairtex defeats Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — women’s atomweight)
Nguyen, however, feels more empowered than ever before. Following her victory in her homeland, she feels like her late father would be immensely proud of her, and we agree — he would be very proud.
Stamp holds the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Titles. Two years ago, she would never have dreamt about this. However, this person helped set her up for success. Meet the person who changed her life.
Nguyen has more mixed martial arts expertise than Stamp. How does she plan to defeat the Thai? She wants to attack her ground game. She told us more here at ONEFC.com.
Now, it’s time for the ladies to throw down. Two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex continues her quest towards a third belt in a third sport. She faces Bi Nguyen in mixed martial arts action next.
Li Kai Wen defeats Paul Lumihi via knockout at 2:39 of round one (mixed martial arts — bantamweight)
Lumihi has had a tough go since joining ONE Championship earlier this year, but he has game-planned specifically for Li. Will it pay off?
It’s been more than a year since Li Kai Wen competed in the Circle. The reason? A longtime leg injury. Here more about his struggles here.
We are LIVE from the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE!
We’re about to get the main card started with “The Underdog” Li Kai Wen vs. Paul “The Great King” Lumihi.
That is all for the preliminary card!
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Yoshitaka Naito defeats Pongsiri Mitsatit via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts - strawweight)
Both men revealed their thoughts ahead of the bout.
Naito believes he can submit his Thai opponent, where Mitsatit believes his key to victory is a knockout. Peep their pre-bout banter here.
We caught up with a very happy Robin Catalan backstage, who shared his strategy with us. “The plan was to get that knockout win, but I didn't expect it to come so soon,” he confessed. “That was my target, to win via head kick. I also know that he is an Olympic wrestler — that is why we really prepared for his strengths.”