ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS (ENGLISH)

ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS (ENGLISH)

ONE Championship is closing out the 2019 calendar year with a blockbuster event, and you can stay connected to all of the action. Follow our blog for ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS, coming to you live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the main event, Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao challenges "Golden Boy" Wang Junguang for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship. Also, Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov takes on "Muay Thai Boy" Zhang Chenglong for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title. Plus, Agilan Thani, Jihin Radzuan, Gurdarshan Mangat, Reece McLaren, Tial Thang, and Lerdsila Phuket Top Team are all in action!

    ROUND TWO

     

    It was a much slower and tentative start to the frame. The two bounced around and barely struck, causing referee Olivier Coste to call for more action on two occasions.

     

    Jihin seemed slightly more willing to engage with wushu side kicks to the shin and short punches, but Zamboanga hit another takedown. The Malaysian threw her legs up and worked for an armbar, putting her opponent on the defensive. But “The Menace Fairtex” remained calm, escaped, and found herself in side control. She was not able to do too much, and soon, the pair returned to their feet.

     

    Again, the two were hesitant to strike, which caused the referee to issue a yellow card. They immediately started striking, but again, the Filipina charged forward, ate some shots, and connected with another takedown. Though Jihin escaped and threw short punches, the Filipina charged her against the fence, clinched up, and threw punches and short knees.

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    ROUND ONE

     

    Zamboanga immediately went for the takedown. Jihin tried to avoid it, but the Filipina brought her down and worked to side control. Ultimately, the local favorite was able to bring her into guard.

     

    The Filipina scooted her against the fence and went for ground and pound, but “Shadow Cat” scrambled back to her feet. She tried throwing punches, but Zamboanga charged forward and hit another takedown. “The Menace Fairtex” advanced to better positions, but during her advancements, the Malaysian escaped.

     

    Back on the feet, Jihin marched forward with punches and kicks. Although she had her opponent throwing single counter strikes, Zamboanga scored another takedown and soon throw a few punches.

     

    Jihin scrambled back to her feet yet again, but “The Menace Fairtex” gave her no time to breathe. She clinched up against the fence, threw short punches to the head and tried to land another takedown, but the bell rang.

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    Conversely, Zamboanga has been training alongside Jihin’s former opponent — Jenny Huang — and believes she can take advantage of some weaknesses. Read about that here.

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    Jihin made her prediction known to ONEFC.com. Want to find out how she thinks this one will go down? Read it here.

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    Up next, Malaysia’s Jihin Radzuan takes on the Philippines' Denice Zamboanga in a women’s atomweight clash.

    12/6/2019 2:08:46 PM

    Agilan Thani defeats Dante Schiro via split decision (mixed martial arts — welterweight)

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    ROUND THREE
     
    Schiro tried a jumping switch knee, which allowed Thani to clinch with him. After the break, the two competitors exchange blows with Thani landing a clean left.
     
    "Alligator" was able to clinch with the American again and forced him to the fence. Thani landed an elbow on the break and stayed in front of Schiro. The Malaysian was intent on not giving him space to breathe.
     
    Deep breaths were had in the final two minutes, but neither warrior slowed. They dug deep toward the finish. They swung wildly in the closing minute, trying to score and impress the judges before the bell rang.
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    ROUND TWO
     
    Thani came out pressuring right away. Schiro was able to land flush to get his attention and create space. Thani caught a kick from the American and took him back to the canvas. "Alligator" immediately advanced to mount before moving to side control along the fence.
     
    Schiro regained guard and threw multiple unanswered elbows from the bottom. Thani moved back to side control, and as he did, his opponent gave up his back. The Malaysian looked for a rear-naked choke, but Schiro spun into his guard.
     
    A brief scramble occurred, and the American went for a choke of his own. Thani escaped, but he found himself in a body triangle, which limited his mobility. Schiro peppered him with shots until Thani was finally able to turn into his guard in a frantic finish to the second round.
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    ROUND ONE
     
    Thani immediately closed the distance and tried to toss Schiro to the mat, but the American defended and spun his rival against the fence. The Malaysian reversed position to the local audience's delight.
     
    "Alligator" dropped levels, clasped his hands, and completed a strong takedown. Schiro worked from guard to briefly get up, but Thani put him right back on the mat. Schiro avoided significant damage, but the grinding pace tested his cardio early.
     
    The American briefly threatened with a guillotine choke, but Thani was able to work his head free. Thani stayed heavy on top and made Schiro work through the bell.
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    Thani spoke to ONEFC.com about why he wants to put on a show at home. Click here to read Thani’s thoughts on his opponent and his plans to bring his A-game to Kuala Lumpur.
     
    Schiro also spoke to ONEFCcom and explained why he is ready to seize his opportunity in KL.
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    Malaysia’s Thani has an 80% finishing rate. Schiro has an 83% finishing rate. The odds look good for a finish tonight.
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    ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS continues on with a welterweight showdown between Malaysia’s own Agilan Thani and unbeaten American Dante Schiro, who makes his promotional debut.
    12/6/2019 1:41:21 PM

    Reece McLaren defeats Gurdarshan Mangat via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:35 of round one (mixed martial arts — flyweight)

    12/6/2019 1:37:46 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    “Lightning” went to work early with a takedown attempt, but Mangat anticipated the double-leg. Still, McLaren managed to dump his opponent to the canvas. 
     
    The Indian-Canadian was able to keep McLaren in half guard, but the Australian began to scramble in an effort to gain control.
     
    McLaren’s grip was suffocating, but Mangat’s stubborn defense proved to be his equal as both men tussled on the ground. 
     
    After some wicked speed from “Lightning,” the XFC and Eternal MMA Champion transitioned from side control into mount, and then he unloaded with a series of ferocious ground and pound, including heavy elbows.
     
    Just as Mangat tried to cover up, he unwillingly gave up his back. McLaren pounced to lock in the rear-naked choke and forced the quickfire submission to make it an early night for “Saint Lion."
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    Read Mangat’s inspirational story about overcoming health issues to become one of the fast-rising stars in ONE Championship.

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    It has been a tough year for McLaren. He lost two close decision bouts in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, but hopes to close out the year with a big victory.

    12/6/2019 1:24:57 PM

    Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat gets Reece “Lightning” McLaren in a pivotal flyweight contest!

    12/6/2019 1:24:03 PM
    Does Stoica want ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia next?
     
    He told Mitch Chilson, "Well, what Mr. Chatri [Sityodtong] wants for me, I am here. Let’s go for that belt, baby.”
    12/6/2019 1:21:06 PM

    Andrei Stoica defeats Anderson Silva via knockout at 1:57 of round one (ONE Super Series kickboxing — light heavyweight)

    12/6/2019 1:19:49 PM

    ROUND ONE

     

    Both men leaned heavily on their kicks in the opening minute. Silva took control of the action and tried backing his opponent up, and while Stoica did step backwards, he cut angles and never hit the fence.

     

    During an exchange, Stoica cut an angle and connected with a right hook, which clipped the Brazilian. Then as the Romanian moved away, he stunned his opponent with a left hook. Stoica rushed ahead for the finish, dropping him with a cross straight down the middle to earn a first-round knockout.

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    The two veterans combine for over 100 professional bouts and more than 50 career knockouts. We suggest grabbing some popcorn.

    12/6/2019 1:08:51 PM

    Strap all loose items down because Andrei Stoica and Anderson Silva are going to shake the Earth with their thunderous power in this light heavyweight contest.

    12/6/2019 1:07:29 PM

    Bokang Masunyane defeats Ryuto Sawada via unanimous decision (mixed martial artist — strawweight)

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    Masunyane had a total of 344 strikes thrown compared to Sawada's 215, and the South African had 88 significant strikes land compared to the Japanese athlete's 25.
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    ROUND THREE
     
    Sawada tried to keep Masunyane off of him with jabs and combinations, but "Little Giant" kept pushing through the offense to get ahold of him. Once he broke through the distance, Masunyane put Sawada back on the mat.
     
    Sawada kept battling by scrambling and threatening with a Kimura attempt. But Masunyane was a step ahead. The constant grappling did not allow "Dragon Boy" opportunities to find his offense.
     
    After some inaction, the referee stood them back up with under a minute to work. The two ended the bout standing. This contest was all about Masunyane's wrestling and control.
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    How dominant was the first round for Masunyane? Masunyane had 112 strikes, 40 significant. Compared to Swada's 61 thrown, 6 significant.
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    ROUND TWO
     
    "Dragon Boy" began the round with combinations, but Masunyane was wise to the attempts and covered up. The South African grappler got his hands on Sawada again and dragged him down to the canvas. He was not able to control his Japanese counterpart this time, as Sawada returned to his feet.
     
    "Little Giant" avoided another hip toss from Sawada and took his back while defending. The Japanese athlete worked his way to guard. Masunyane tried to land hard shots on the ground, but Sawada was able to tie him up and avoid the damaging blows.
    12/6/2019 12:59:05 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    The two met in the center of the Circle and felt each other out. A clash of heads led to a brief stop in the action, but Sawada went right back to work. Masunyane closed the distance and tried to take his Japanese foe to the mat, but Sawada defended well.
     
    Sawada scored with a hip toss, but Masunyane's scrambling allowed him to take top position. As the Japanese athlete tried to work his way back up, the South African scored with short knee strikes to the legs and body. Masunyane's body lock allowed him to keep control and grind on his rival.
     
    "Little Giant" showed superior control through his grappling once he got hold of Sawada. An impressive display.
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    Before the bell sounds, read the feature story on Sawada’s destiny to compete in The Home Of Martial Arts.
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    The final main card of 2019 is ready to begin! Strawweights Ryuto Sawada and Bokang Masunyane get the honor of kicking off the show! Sawada is on a three-bout win streak, but Masunyane is a perfect 5-0. Something has to give!
    12/6/2019 12:35:37 PM

    We are officially at the Bon Jovi point of our show.

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    That concludes the preliminary card. Find out how you can watch the main card in your country right here.

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    We spoke to Rayane Bastos backstage, who was extra happy about her debut victory. She knew she would win, even when her loved ones were not as positive. ”When I left Brazil, my family and friends already told me I was going to be the underdog, so I came extra prepared,” she said. "I'm happy for the win, and I cannot wait to fight in ONE Championship again."

    12/6/2019 12:28:31 PM

    Elias Mahmoudi defeats Lerdsila Phuket Top Team via unanimous decision (ONE Super Series Muay Thai — flyweight)

    12/6/2019 12:25:27 PM
    ROUND THREE
     
    It looked to be a phone booth battle going early on, and “The Sniper” looked sharp as he chased his Thai opponent down with elbows and jabs.
     
    Lerdsila’s push kicks and sharp jabs managed to connect with Mahmoudi’s midsection and slowed him down. The Mahmoudi gym representative replied with more push kicks and spinning elbows, as he refused to let up.
     
    Mahmoudi let fly with a nice spinning heel kick, but it missed its mark and the thrilling action came to an end.

    In this round, Mahmoudi threw 73 strikes, with 15 significant ones landing. Meanwhile, Lerdsila threw 55, with 8 significant strikes landing.

     

    We are headed to the judges’ scorecards.
    12/6/2019 12:25:10 PM
    ROUND TWO
     
    The Muay Thai legend kicked things off, literally,  with a nice head kick. Then, he pummeled an advancing Mahmoudi with a nice flurry of powerful punches.
     
    The two put on a show in the center of the circle. Mahmoudi caught the leg of his Thai adversary, but barely missed with the spinning roundhouse counter. They danced, and Lerdsila subsequently swept Mahmoudi to the canvas. 
     
    The Parisan got up, but was pushed back down with another beautiful push kick.

     

    Overall, the striking was a bit more even. Lerdsila threw 93 strikes, 15 of which were significant strikes landed. Mahmoudi threw 97 strikes, 20 of which were significant strikes landed.

    12/6/2019 12:19:57 PM
    ROUND ONE
     
    Mahmoudi played the early aggressor and connected with several nice inside leg kicks. Lerdsila refused to be intimidated and calmly replied with a nice overhand right counter.
     
    The French-Algerian continued to string together a combination of push kicks, spinning elbows, and high kicks, but was dumped to the canvas twice by the Phuket Top Team representative.
     
    Mahmoudi looked comfortable with his strikes and continued to stick his jabs and kick straight into Lerdsila.
     
    In total, Mahmoudi threw 125 strikes in round one, 23 of which were significant strikes landed. Lerdsila threw 79 strikes, 12 of which were significant strikes landed.
     
    Off to round two.
    12/6/2019 12:15:58 PM
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    Find out more about these two competitors by reading the athlete profiles of Lerdsila and Mahmoudi before the contest starts.

    12/6/2019 12:05:47 PM

    Putting a cap on the prelims will be a ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight tilt between Lerdsila Phuket Top Team and Elias Mahmoudi

    12/6/2019 12:04:50 PM
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