Alright, ladies and gentlemen!

    We will see you in two weeks in Manila, Philippines for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    10/25/2019 6:33:18 PM

    And we have a winner!!!

    10/25/2019 5:23:14 PM
    In five minutes, we will announce the winner of ONE Fantasy! Stay tuned...
    10/25/2019 5:15:04 PM
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    And the result is in:

    Kiamrian Abbasov defeats Zebaztian Kadestam via unanimous decision to claim the ONE Welterweight World Championship

    10/25/2019 5:01:46 PM
    Following a hug in the center of the Circle, the two engaged in the final round.
    “The Bandit” connected with a massive right hand, but Abbasov wore it well. Also, for the first - and only - time in the contest, Kadestam went for a takedown of his own, but it proved to be unsuccessful. 

    Both competitors seemed to be tiring, but Kadestam tried to throw the single knockout blow. He threw with power, though many times his strikes did not land. Abbasov was content trying to dodge the Swede’s shots and play the role of the counter striker.

    Downward elbows and spinning back elbows missed, but single punches made their way through. While he pushed the pace, it may not have been enough to hold onto the belt.
    10/25/2019 5:00:47 PM
    The roles reversed to start round four. Abbasov came out firing, he stunned Kadestam with a lunging right, and he chased him down with big punches. He took the Swede to the ground and got into full mount, but “The Bandit” powered out of the unfortunate position.
    Still, “Brazen” would not let up. He landed another takedown, entered side control, and launched some knees into the ribs (and later, the head).
    Despite taking the punishment, Kadestam held on tightly to his opponent’s upper body and would not let Abbasov get into a more advantageous position.
    10/25/2019 4:53:38 PM
    In similar fashion to the previous stanza, Kadestam showed his comfort in the stand-up game. Abbasov continued to absorb shots as he came forward with the rear uppercut, but he managed to trip the Swede to the ground and get on top of him.
    Though “The Bandit” tried returning to his feet, he was sent back to the canvas courtesy of a belly-to-back suplex. “Brazen” got into side control and threw a knee to the body, and he also returned to guard and damaged Kadestam’s face with punches.
    At the end of the round, when Abbasov tried improving his position, “The Bandit” landed some sharp elbows.
    10/25/2019 4:47:19 PM

    Kadestam displayed his Muay Thai arsenal in the opening moments of the second round. He was fearless in throwing leg kicks, head kicks, and even a spinning back. While “The Bandit” attacked high, Abbasov struck low with shots to the body and, most notably, shuffle uppercuts. 

    Just a few minutes into the contest, he hit a double-leg takedown and went back to work on the canvas. Though his Swedish rival returned to his feet, Abbasov clung to the left leg and tried to take him down once more. Kadestam’s improved takedown defense, however, prevented that.

    Kadestam landed some solid body shots, but when he left his head up, Abbasov brilliantly popped him. He kept up the pressure, but “The Bandit” quickly recovered and continued to dish out more of his Muay Thai strikes, including the overhands and teeps.
    10/25/2019 4:41:25 PM
    Kadestam kickstarted this contest with a looping hand and a leg kick, which nearly took his opponent down. Soon, Abbasov caught one of his kicks and charged forward in hopes of getting the takedown, but “The Bandit” maintained his balance. He was clinched up against the Circle Wall and the pair exchanged knees — one of which struck Kadestam below the belt.
    Shortly after the action recommenced, Abbasov cleverly rushed in and put Kadestam against the Circle Wall. He threw a few knees, then got low, and connected with a takedown. “Brazen” worked from the guard, postured up, and unloaded short strikes to end the frame.
    10/25/2019 4:35:02 PM
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    Some perspective:

    Zebaztian Kadestam has 10 career victories by knockout. Kiamrian Abbasov has 21 career wins, and 67 percent of those wins ended in a stoppage.
    Judging by these numbers, this bout may not go five rounds. In fact, it may not even go five minutes.
    10/25/2019 4:18:24 PM



    Zebaztian Kadestam won the ONE Welterweight World Title 11 months ago in the same arena. 

    10/25/2019 4:15:28 PM

    Finally, it is time for the main event. ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam will defend the gold against top contender Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov. 

    10/25/2019 4:12:45 PM

    Regian Eersel defeats Nieky Holzken via unanimous decision to retain the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title

    10/25/2019 4:12:05 PM

    While Eersel continued to throw in volume, Holzken walked him down and applied forward-pressure. It seemed like “The Immortal” constantly tried to disrupt his opponent’s rhythm with jabs and leg kicks.
    Even if the rhythm was disrupted a bit, the Dutch kickboxing legend did not back down. He marched ahead in search of the knockout, but Eersel continued to pepper the inside of the lead leg and was always a step faster.
    10/25/2019 4:10:47 PM
    Holzken methodically moved forward with his strikes, continuing to throw with power —especially the low kicks. He was quite successful with that very early, too.
    But Eersel whipped low kicks too, and he battered the lead leg of “The Natural” — especially the inside leg kick. For "The Immortal," he continued to throw in volume and unload the step-in knee, but his compatriot caught on to it towards the end of the frame.
    10/25/2019 4:06:31 PM

    Eersel maintained his pressure in the first 30 seconds and hit three kicks in a row, which were mostly blocked. Holzken kept a tight guard and soon, he controlled the pace of the contest. “The Immortal” seemed to answer all of Holzken’s shots with combinations accented with a step-in knee strike. Notably, Eersel unleashed a picture-perfect teep right to the grill.
    10/25/2019 4:02:06 PM



    The fast pace was maintained all throughout the second round.  Each man had his moments in this period. 


    Holzken continued to unleash powerful single blows and landed terrific low kicks, whereas Eersel continued to do a terrific job of chaining his combinations together — going from punches to kicks and knees.


    We have a feeling this is only going to heat up.

    10/25/2019 3:57:47 PM

    Both men opened up with kicks, but Holzken broke the cycle with a spinning back fist. Eersel answered back by charging at his rival and flying at him with a knee. Holzken crouched down, and order was quickly restored.
    There was a fire ignited within “The Immortal.” He fearlessly stepped up to the Dutch kickboxing legend with his strikes and when they were next to each other, he grabbed ahold of him and landed a knee.
    Eersel maintained the pressure and dropped him with a right hand. Holzken quickly beat the eight-count, and then he retaliated.
    "The Natural" walked forward with punches, a flying knee of his own, and wobbled the World Champion with a massive right hook right before the bell.
    10/25/2019 3:55:17 PM



    Between Eersel and Holzken, the two have 165 kickboxing bouts. That’s A LOT of time spent competing in the ring.

    10/25/2019 3:45:48 PM

    Eersel defeated Holzken via unanimous decision in May to become the first ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion.


    For Eersel, he views this rematch as a chance to prove he is deserving of the title and that he is the better athlete. 


    Holzken feels more confident and more explosive ahead of this rematch tonight, and he thinks that will be his key to victory.

    10/25/2019 3:41:04 PM
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    Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol defeats Bozhena Antoniyar via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — women’s atomweight)

    10/25/2019 3:35:23 PM



    Bozhena Antoniyar continued to play the role of the forward-pressing aggressor, while the local hero engaged as the counter-striker. Both atomweight contenders attacked more to the body, but the complexion of the bout changed when Lumban Gaol hit a much-needed takedown.


    The Indonesian brought her rival against the Circle Wall and softened her up with punches to the head and body. Those strikes became faster and more furious in the final 60 seconds of the contest, and Lumban Gaol even launched a fierce elbow to end the contest.


    Now, we await the judges’ scorecards.

    10/25/2019 3:33:56 PM
    Bozhena Antoniyar took the center of the Circle, remained calm, and continued to methodically inch forward with her punches. She connected with her boxing combinations, but Lumban Gaol did well to work the wushu side kick to the leg and the stomach.
    With three minutes down, the Myanmar native swung her wild overhand rights with authority. A few connected, but Lumban Gaol maintained a fair distance and picked her shots off the backfoot.
    In the final 30 seconds, the Indonesian landed a head kick, but Bozhena Antoniyar retaliated with a fierce one-two.
    Off to round three we go.
    10/25/2019 3:28:18 PM

    Bozhena Antoniyar attacked early. She pushed the pace, threw high kicks that just missed the mark, and darted forward with the type of punches that earned her two Myanmar national boxing titles.
    Lumban Gaol maintained her cool, however. While she was against the Circle Wall, she dropped her adversary to the canvas with a teep. However, an inadvertent follow-up kick struck Bozhena Antoniyar’s head while she was still on the ground. That earned a pause in the action and a yellow card for the hometown hero.

    Fortunately, Bozhena Antoniyar was ok and the bout continued. The Myanmar hero chained her combinations better, but Lumban Gaol disrupted her rhythm with a thunderous takedown. 

    Bozhena Antoniyar did well to quickly scramble to her feet. She rushed her rival to the Circle Wall, tripped her to the ground, and got into guard. When the local star escaped, the Myanmar visitor jumped on her back and secured a rear-naked choke. Lumban Gaol may have been saved by the bell, however.
    10/25/2019 3:23:08 PM
    10/25/2019 3:11:26 PM
    Before Lumban Gaol and Bozhena Antoniyar enter the Circle, the two broke down each other’s skill sets. Check that out here.

    Also, this was one of the bouts we predicted would still the show. Let’s see if we are right.

    10/25/2019 3:09:56 PM

    Up next is Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol vs. Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar in a women’s atomweight mixed martial arts clash. 


    Both women are coming off big wins in their last match-ups, and each athlete will attempt to keep their momentum going.

    10/25/2019 3:08:58 PM

    Wang Junguang defeats Frederico Roma via TKO at 2:59 of round one (ONE Super Series kickboxing — strawweight)

    10/25/2019 3:08:38 PM
    Roma applied forward-pressure, but Junguang did most of the work early. The Chinese athlete leaned in with quick boxing combinations to the body, push kicks, and even a knee. 

    Despite the abundance of strikes, Roma kept a very tight guard. When he exposed himself, he unraveled. Junguang teeped him to the ground. As soon as “The Little Big Man” returned to his feet, the Chinese kickboxer hit a plethora of left hooks and dropped him for the first knockdown of the contest.

    Junguang cleverly mixed up his teeps and left kicks with boxing combinations, and dropped him with an unsuspecting short right for knockdown number two.

    The Chinese striker rushed to get the third and final knockdown. He teeped Roma in the face and unloaded right hooks until the referee stopped the contest.
    10/25/2019 3:08:01 PM

    We’re at the halfway point of the main card. How do we commemorate this? With the first ONE Super Series kickboxing bout of the night, of course!


    Argentina’s Frederico “The Little Big Man” Roma goes up against China’s “Golden Boy” Wang Junguang.

    10/25/2019 2:55:51 PM

    John Lineker defeats Muin Gafurov via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts - bantamweight)

    10/25/2019 2:54:01 PM
    Following a show of respect, the two got back down to business and looked to clip the other with a bout-ending strike. Each warrior was careful of the other's ability, but Gafurov was still determined to get his takedown.
    Lineker did well to avoid his attempts, but he couldn't avoid them all. A few minutes in, just seconds after the Brazilian threw the leg kick, Gafurov shot for a double-leg takedown and brought his opponent to the canvas. He scooted back to the fence and cleverly got back up to his feet, but “Tajik” locked him in the clinch and threw some knees — one of which inadvertently hit him below the belt.

    Once action resumed following a brief timeout, the two continued to look for openings and trade strikes. Again, Gafurov went for the takedown and charged his foe to the Circle Wall. Lineker escaped, repositioned himself, and was ready to throw his final strikes. However, the final bell rang first.
    10/25/2019 2:53:09 PM
    Just seconds into round two, Gafurov went for a takedown, but Lineker stuffed it and locked in a tight guillotine choke. It was super tight, but “Tajik” eventually pulled his head out. Moments later, “Tajik” would try for his own guillotine, but the Brazilian threw him to the ground with authority and seemed more interested in standing on the feet and trading strikes.
    Gafurov continued to display his kicking arsenal, as he went for spinning back kicks, but they missed the mark. Lineker slowed down his pace and threw sporadically. Towards the end of the round, “Tajik” went for a last-ditch takedown, but the heavy "Hands Of Stone" negated it right before the bell.
    10/25/2019 2:44:40 PM
    Gafurov was very loose and focused to start the contest, whereas Lineker was a bit stiffer. Each man displayed some of their kicking arsenal early — “Tajik,” in particular. Gafurov appeared to be the more aggressive of the two, and his confidence grew as they engaged in a stand-up exchange with half the round gone. He tagged Lineker with a right, and he connected with short punches.

    That confidence waned when Lineker stunned him with one of his “Hands Of Stone” as he weaved for a takedown. The Brazilian put him on the backfoot and charged forward with a plethora of fists. It seemed as if Gafurov would fall down at any second, but he maintained his composure and calmly saw out the round.
    10/25/2019 2:37:46 PM
    Some perspective:

    Lineker has won nearly half of his 31 career victories by knockout.
    Gafurov has won every one of his 17 career victories by knockout or submission.
    10/25/2019 2:28:51 PM
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    John “Hands Of Stone” Lineker, who is one of the top bantamweight mixed martial artists in the world, is about to make his ONE debut. 
    He faces the surging Muin “Tajik” Gafurov, a top contender who won his last five bouts via first-round stoppage.
    The winner could line himself up for a crack at ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes.
    10/25/2019 2:22:17 PM

    Mark Fairtex Abelardo defeats Ayideng Jumayi via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — bantamweight)

    10/25/2019 2:21:00 PM
    The two men continued to engage in a cerebral slugfest in the third and final round. Abelardo remained the fresher of the pair, leaned forward with his head down, and continued to rip punches to the body. He also re-introduced more kicks into the mix, beginning at the halfway point of the stanza.
    Jumayi never could get into his rhythm. He had his moments, like when he landed a sharp overhand right, but Abelardo was not deterred. In the final seconds, each man uncorked their most powerful one-off strikes, but neither were able to connect.
    Once the bell rang, Jumayi paid respect to Abelardo by giving him a friendly hip toss and a smile.
    10/25/2019 2:19:39 PM
    Abelardo went back on the attack, but Jumayi recovered and was ready to trade some more. The Chinese martial artist connected with some shots, but it was the crisper and more powerful punches from “Tyson” that made the difference in the first half of the stanza.
    Though Jumayi hit a takedown, he was not able to keep him on the mat. Abelardo immediately got back up, maintained forward-pressure, and continued to sting his opponent with jabs, uppercuts, and body shots. He also snuck in the occasional short elbow and ended the frame with a flying knee to the body.
    10/25/2019 2:12:13 PM
    Both men held a very tight guard to begin the contest. Abelardo went for leg kicks early, and he connected with the initial few. They exchanged some tight punches, but when Abelardo advanced, Jumayi went for a takedown. Unfortunately for him, the New Zealand resident denied him.
    Abelardo continued to display his striking arsenal. A body kick, a knee to the head, and short combinations quickly left a mark. He also cracked his Chinese foe with downward elbows to the head.
    Though he wore some damage, Jumayi was not deterred. He continued to engage, but during an exchange, Abelardo's straight right and cross elbow rocked him. Off to round two.
    10/25/2019 2:07:02 PM
    New Zealand’s Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo collides with China’s Ayideng Jumayi in a bantamweight mixed martial arts bout. 
    These two have A LOT of similarities.
    - Both men are 28 years old
    - Both men have 24 mixed martial arts bouts under their belts.
    - Abelardo’s record is 18-6, Jumayi’s is 17-6-1
    - Their birthdays are 20 days apart
    All these coincidences make it seem like this is a battle between Spider-Man and … Spider-Man.
    10/25/2019 1:54:13 PM
    An unfortunate ending, but we know Kaji Ebin will come back stronger and even better 🙏
    10/25/2019 1:52:48 PM

    Eko Roni Saputra defeats Kaji Ebin via referee stoppage due to injury at 0:19 of round one

    10/25/2019 1:50:02 PM



    It is over, very quickly. Both men threw strikes, but as Ebin threw his looping right, he injured his shoulder, unfortunately.

    10/25/2019 1:49:09 PM
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    Bon Jovi is playing. How appropriate, considering we are at the halfway point of ONE: DAWN OF VALOR!
    #ItsMyLife #LivinOnAPrayer
    10/25/2019 1:43:44 PM

    However, Ebin also told us why he can ruin Saputra’s homecoming and finish him inside of two rounds.


    The Filipino said, “I’m the faster athlete, especially in striking. We have an excellent game plan this Friday, and if my plan succeeds, I believe that I can knock him out in the first or second round.”


    Read more about that here.

    10/25/2019 1:39:09 PM
    And it is time for the Opening Ceremony!!!

    Kicking off the main card for ONE: DAWN OF VALOR is Indonesian wrestling champion Eko Roni Saputra. He meets Kaji “Alpha” Ebin.

    10/25/2019 1:36:50 PM

    Stefer Rahardian defeats Adrian Mattheis via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — catch weight of 57 kilograms)

    10/25/2019 1:30:08 PM
    Mattheis tagged Rahardian with a few shots, but “The Lion” dropped down for a takedown and brought his compatriot to the canvas once more. Although “Papua BadBoy” pushed him off with his legs, Rahardian jumped back onto him and stuck to him like glue.
    “The Lion” tried to advance his position, but Mattheis admirably defended for the four minutes he was stuck on the ground. With the clock winding down, Rahardian unloaded as many punches as possible until the final bell rang.
    10/25/2019 1:29:06 PM
    Mattheis threw strikes to open the round, but Rahardian shot for his double-leg takedown. “Papua Badboy” initially stuffed it, but “The Lion” kept pushing forward and, finally, he hit the takedown he was looking for.

    Rahardian continued to throw punches from guard to frustrate his opponent. However, when Mattheis tried to scramble away, “The Lion” wrapped his body around him, secured his back, threw in the body figure-four, and pulled him down for a rear-naked choke. 

    Despite Rahardian’s best efforts, he was unable to get his arm under the neck. Mattheis survived the round, and now, we’re heading into the final stanza.
    10/25/2019 1:22:22 PM

    After a lengthy feeling-out process, Rahardian went to his bread and butter — the grappling.
    Rahardian hit a double-leg takedown and tried to step over the guard into side control. Though Mattheis initially rejected his advances, “The Lion” got into half guard, threw punches with his left hand, and briefly tried for an arm-triangle.

    Mattheis hip-bumped Rahardian off of him, but “The Lion” immediately grabbed hold of his rival's hips, brought him back to the mat, and continued to throw punches. He tried to advance his position even further, but to no avail.
    10/25/2019 1:17:08 PM
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