Regian Eersel beats Islam Murtazaev to keep his lightweight belt at one: “Winter Warriors”

The last One Championship live card of the year turned out to be a blast.

In the headliner of One: “Winter Warriors”, Regian Eersel put his lightweight kickboxing championship on the line against Islam Murtazaev. The two were originally scheduled to fight in February, but Murtazaev withdrew and was replaced by Mustapha Haida. In the 170-pound encounter, Eersel took a cautious approach in the opening two rounds, while his Russian opponent took the initiative and landed the hardest hits. Murtazaev scored with his jab and then walked away, frustrating the Suriname champion who struggled to implement his game.

In the third period, Eersel began to settle in and his strategy of crushing Murtazaev’s first leg began to pay off. In the championship rounds, Eersel landed several knees and body kicks as his opponent struggled as his cardio began to wear off, forcing the challenger to stall multiple times. Murtazaev’s excessive stall earned him a yellow card from referee Olivier Coste in the final round. In the end, the judges were divided, as only two awarded Eersel with a victory, while the third saw the match in favor of Islam Murtazaev. In the post-fight interview, “The Immortal” confessed that he was not happy with his performance and wanted to finish off his next opponent to gain more respect from others in his division.

In the main co-event, Nong Stamp submitted Ritu Phogat to win the Atomic Weights Grand Prize. In the first stanza, Commonwealth wrestling gold medalist Phogat (7-2, 7-2 One) used her wrestling effectively, tackling the cage against the Thai’s cage while chasing a takedown. While “Stamp Fairtex” spent most of the first round defending her opponent’s attempts, she never allowed Phogat to defeat them. When the second round began, Phogat shot and hit the indent she was looking for, with a successful single to put Stamp on her back. With his back on the mat, Stamp set up a triangular choke that kept his opponent busy for a while. After coming out of this precarious situation once, Phogat found herself fighting an armband. This time there was no escape. “The Indian tigress” tapped as the official time indicated 2 minutes, 14 seconds. In addition to winning the 115-pound tournament, the former kickboxing and muay Thai Stamp champion (8-1, 8-1 One) will get a chance at the throne of Angela Lee in 2022.

Earlier on the card, former WBC Muay Thai Japan title holder Hiroki Akimoto claimed their fifth victory in One by edging former Glory of Heroes Qiu Jianliang by unanimous decision in their clash with a kickboxing bantamweight; Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (9-2, 8-2 One) prevailed in a savage rematch with Timofey Nastyukhin (14-6, 7-5 One), again knocking out his foe with a series of punches 49 seconds into the third frame; Multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu heavyweight champion “Buchecha” Marcus Almeida (2-0, 2-0 One) tapped Ji Won Kang (5-1, 2-1 One) with a bare back choke at 2:27 of the first round.

The evening opened with Pancrase vet Yuya Wakamatsu (15-4, 5-2 One) knocking down One Hero Series graduate Yong Hu (7-3, 1-1 One) on all three scorecards, and Wakamatsu then called flyweight champion Adriano. Moraes.

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