Aung La N Sang, Izagakhmaev, Woo and Kwon Earn Knockouts in ONE 163 Main Card MMA Fights
The main card for ONE 163: Akimoto vs Petchtanong may have warmed up the crowd at the indoor stadium in Singapore on Saturday, November 19, but the MMA fighters who competed on the main card undoubtedly caused the fire.
All four MMA fights on the main card ended in highlight fashion, including a trio of first-round knockouts and a dramatic late finish.
Take a look at all the MMA action that took place on the ONE 163 main card.
Saygid Izagakhmaev mows down Shinya Aoki in 86 seconds
Aoki started the fight kicking to keep his 28-year-old foe at bay, but Izagakhmaev – the No. 4-ranked lightweight contender – relentlessly stalked the former ONE Lightweight World Champion.
In no time, Izagakhmaev managed to back the Tokyo native at the Circle Wall and uncorked a huge right hand, dropping the 39-year-old veteran. The Dagestanis swooped in and closed the show with the ground and the pound to claim victory in just 86 seconds.
With the win, Izagakhmaev took his record to 22-2 and may have just carved out a spot for the two-division ONE World Championship title. Christian Lelightweight belt.
Aung La N Sang crushes Yushin Okami with first-round TKO
In the end, it was former two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang who took the initiative, earning a first-round TKO victory over his Japanese foe.
“Thunder” shot early for a takedown, but Aung La N Sang stretched well to take the top spot. When ‘The Burmese Python’ got back to his feet, Okami tried a second time, only to be met with an incoming kick from the Myanmar icon.
Aung La N Sang’s knee collided with the Japanese superstar’s chin, and the former two-division king took advantage of the situation with a ground-and-pound barrage. Although Okami tried to hold on, the Myanmar icon’s incessant punching forced the referee to step in and stop the fight at 1:42 of the opening stanza.
Woo Sung Hoon defeats Yuya Wakamatsu in the first round
The Japanese knockout artist seemed to overwhelm Woo with his blistering pace at the start of the 139-pound catchweight bout, but the South Korean MMA fighter wobbled him with a left hook halfway through as part of the fight. opening, which instantly turned the tide.
Woo followed “Little Piranha” around the circle, throwing punch after punch in an effort to close the show. Wakamatsu dived for a desperate takedown, but the 30-year-old “Dynamic” stopped him, immediately secured the mount and rained down punches until the referee called off the action at 2:46 .
That TKO victory took the South Korean’s record to 10-3 and possibly earned him a spot in the top five.
Kwon Won Il returns to winning ways and finishes Mark Abelardo
Abelardo played down the obvious range advantage by walking straight to the center and unloading quick left hooks and overhand rights. But after soaking up tons of damage, the No. 4-ranked bantamweight started working behind his jab to counter “Tyson’s” heavy artillery. He cleverly used his leading hand to gauge distance and hit with straight straights and uppercuts.
“Pretty Boy” continued where he left off in round two, and his pressure made it difficult for Abelardo to step forward and land anything meaningful. When the Kiwi-Filipino decided to switch levels, Kwon stayed heavy to keep Abelardo from taking action on the canvas.
Abelardo however refused to give up. He took his rival to the mat at the start of the third round, but the Extreme Combat athlete and Top Gym BF came back to his feet once again. From there, the 27-year-old Korean peppered Abelardo with teasing jabs and straight rights, and when the latter decided to shoot for another takedown, Kwon replied with a knee that grazed his foe’s temple.
With “Tyson” tortured on the canvas, Kwon followed that up with a final volley of shots to seal the deal and force referee Olivier Coste to call off the contest at 3:45 of the third frame. This TKO victory raised his record to 12-4.