Fabricio andrade was confident that he would be the world champion after he faced John Lineker last year. One low blow, and a no contest later and he was left frustrated – and the bantamweight world title vacant. This weekend there were no questions left unanswered, as a stoppage on Lineker’s stool at the end of the fourth round handed Andrade the title. The encounter was thrilling between two strong men that were ready to trade blows and stand. This was the coming of age for Andrade and the sky’s the limit for this wonderfully talented Brazilian.
A simple defense of the first title
A fighter’s first title defence can often be a nervy affair. Facing the added pressure of being a champion can play tricks on an athlete’s mind. Tell that to Tawanchai PK Saenchai. In just 49 seconds, he won the featherweight Muay Thai title. Jamal Yusupov was unable to carry on after being hit with a chop kick in the leg that rendered him virtually immobile. It was another one to add to the Tawanchai highlight reel – and also worthy of a $50k performance bonus.
Kelly goes on
Danielle Kelly made it clear that she has no plans to change her mind when it comes down to ONE – she wants submission grappling gold. In her third fight with the organisation she was made to work for a tough decision win over Ayaka Miura – but ultimately took another step on the path to gold. Although the fight wasn’t without dangers, Miura used her vast experience to make it as tough as possible for American fighter Ayaka Miura. But the Philadelphia native triumphed, and she now wants to take on an old foe in Jessa Kan.
A former champ wins a huge win
Martin Nguyen has been assured of his place in history. The former featherweight and lightweight world champion needs no introduction – but having three defeats in his last four heading into the weekend was not a place he wanted to find himself in. A crucial decision win over Leonardo Casotti has him back in the win column – and potentially back on the title trail one last time.
The kickboxing scene is facing a new threat
We all know what Saemapetch Fairtex is capable of in the Muay Thai arena – but this weekend he proved he is equally well versed when it comes to kickboxing too. He defeated the top bantamweight Muay Thai competitor. “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong won with strong forward pressure and striking. He also used a tactical and strategic approach to win. It may have been the first time he had won this match. ONE Kickboxing wins, but the bantamweight division already has notice.