Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado overcame insurmountable odds to knocking out former world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in the first round while the debuting Angelie Sabanal outlasted Thai star Rika Ishige via unanimous decision during ONE: Iron Will last March 24, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Appearing in the co-main event of the evening, Miado and Amnuaysirichoke engaged in a wild exchange of punches, which turned out to be in favor of Miado.
The Jaguar connected with a perfectly-timed, thunderous right cross in the stand-up fighting and sent the Muay Thai Legend crashing to the canvas to play the spoiler to a hometown crowd.
The referee quickly rushed forward to stop the contest before Miado was able to land any follow-up shots, officially ending the bout at the 1:29 mark of the opening round by knockout.
The victory moves Miado’s his record to 7-2, and included a knockout of the most decorated strawweight in ONE Championship in his resume.
With the win, Miado could find his way back to the cage pretty soon.
On the other hand, Angelie “D’ Explorer” Sabanal made this Saturday night a night to remember as she made a perfect debut in ONE Championship, kicking off her cage career with a victory against another hometown hero, Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige in a women’s atomweight clash.
Sabanal and Ishige kept the action focused primarily at the center of the ONE Championship cage for the majority of the bout. The Filipina newcomer showcased her pinpoint accurate striking early on, peppering Ishige with stinging kicks and stiff punches. Although Ishige boldly traded strikes with the Filipina kickboxer from bell to bell, the latter pulled away in the final round, landing the more telling blows.
Ishige received her rapturous support from her home fans at the Impact Arena as she made a typically spectacular entrance it was Sabanal who delivered the superior performance when hostilities began.
Sabanal worked from a southpaw stance and caught an Ishige kick to score the first takedown of the contest.
The Thai recovered and scored with some solid knees Sabanal, forcing her against the cage.
Sabanal came out more aggressively at the start of the second frame, and dominated the stand-up exchanges throughout the stanza. The Filipina national Muay Thai silver medalist kept the Thai star’s timing throughout the round, consistently catching Ishige to close the distance.
Ishige scored the takedown in the third that got the Bangkok crowd screeming but Sabanal, reminiscent of the Jomary Torres bout, scrambled and worked her way back to her feet to earn the nod of the three judges and introduced herself to the ONE audience as a new exciting talent in the women’s atomweight division.
Sabanal is the second Filipina to defeat Tinydoll after Torres, who submitted Ishige also on her ONE debut.
With multiple shows scheduled for Manila in 2018, Sabanal could soon receive the opportunity to build upon her hard-earned debut win with a bout on home soil later this year.
In a gruelling five-round title tiff main bout, reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil turned in a gutsy performance, overcoming a spirited effort from ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia to win via razor-thin split decision.
The action was electric all throughout the bout, with both men having their moments. Although Nguyen landed the harder, more telling blows, Fernandes was the busier man and performed slightly better overall with his takedowns and accurate combinations.
In the final frame, Fernandes pulled away just slightly, outworking Nguyen over the last five minutes of the contest. In the end, the Brazilian did just enough to retain his title in front of a packed Impact Arena crowd.
The victory cemented Fernandes’ claim as the best in the world at bantamweight, earning him a record eight title defenses to remain the most dominant ONE world champion in history.
Bibiano Fernandes stated: “I said I would win, and I did. I really live for these challenges. I’m the champion, and I’m here to stay. I’m the best bantamweight in the world. I’ve proven it many times. Bangkok, Thailand, thank you for having me.”
Meanwhile, two other Filipinos seeing action in the event bombed out.
American submission wizard Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon impressed in his highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut, toppling lightweight Richard Corminal in his maiden assignment wearing four-ounce gloves on the premier martial arts stage.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar put forth a dominant striking performance, unveiling a new dimension to his evolving skill set by putting together dynamic combinations.
In an offensive clinic, Tonon overwhelmed Corminal with punishing strikes from the get-go, blasting his opponent with rocking right hands and cracking kicks. In the second round, Tonon took matters to the ground and quickly got mount, finishing Corminal with a pair of elbows.
Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai made quick work of Robin Catalan to continue his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage.
Opening up the contest by taking the action right to Catalan, Kongsrichai pounced on the Filipino with a series of powerful strikes, including solid knees from the clinch. As he pushed Catalan constantly back up against the cage, Kongsrichai wrapped his arms around his foe’s midsection and took him for a ride with a belly-to-back suplex.
Catalan was deemed unable to continue when he landed on the mat, forcing the referee to wave it off and declare Kongsrichai as the victor by way of stoppage.
Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand authored one of the most dominant performances of the night, reinserting his name into the winner’s column with a quick knockout victory over Singapore-based Indian martial artist Rahul Raju.
Wiratchai only needed 21 seconds to shut the lights out on Raju, landing a hard right hook to clinch the scintillating knockout. His impressive conquest of Raju earned Wiratchai the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night.
23-year-old Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev reignited his meteoric rise through the ranks, defeating seasoned Japanese veteran Tetsuya Yamada by submission.
Both men started out aggressively, but it was Arslanaliev who showed a more capable set of both striking and grappling skills throughout the three-round lightweight match.
As Yamada avoided trading strikes in the stand-up, Arslanaliev spun a web of crafty grappling on the ground to overwhelm the Japanese veteran. Driven to score a finish, Arslanaliev was able to get the submission in the third round, making Yamada tap from a wrenching belly-down armbar.
Pakistani martial artist Waqar Umar made an astounding statement in his return to the ONE Championship cage after nearly two years of absence, submitting Chinese prospect Zhao Zhi Kang in the first round of their featherweight clash.
With a game plan to take matters to the ground, Umar got the job done by fastening a rear-naked choke to force the tap from Zhao.
Multiple-time kickboxing world champion Alain “The Panther” Ngalani placed himself back on the winning track by edging out promotional newcomer Ariunbold Tur-Ochir of Mongolia via split decision.
Both men gave fans a spirited effort over three rounds, which featured a healthy stream of action from both corners. After a gruelling contest, it was Ngalani who walked out with his hand raised in triumph.
Gilberto Galvao of Brazil spoiled the much-awaited return of Jake Butler to competition, defeating the decorated American wrestler by technical knockout in the second round.
Galvao finished the job in the opening sequence of the contest’s second frame, checking a low kick from Butler with a hard knee. As Butler dropped to the canvas, he held onto his leg and hit the ground writhing in pain, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the bout, awarding the victory to Galvao.
A three-round bantamweight encounter served as the curtain-raiser where “The Terminator” Sunoto decisioned Malaysian standout Hisyam Samsudin.
Leaning on his impeccable grappling, Sunoto burned out his opponent, consistently bringing Samsudin to the canvas and controlling the action with crisp ground strikes.
With a dominant top game, Sunoto notched his second consecutive victory in 2018, defeating Samsudin as all three judges saw the bout in favor of the Indonesian by unanimous decision.
Official results for Iron Will:
ONE Bantamweight World Championship bout: Bibiano Fernandes defeats Martin Nguyen by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Strawweight bout: Jeremy Miado defeats Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by Knockout (KO) at 1:29 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Shannon Wiratchai defeats Rahul Raju by Knockout (KO) at 0:21 minutes of round 1
Women’s atomweight bout: Angelie Sabanal defeats Rika Ishige by Unanimous Decision (UD)
Lightweight bout: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev defeats Tetsuya Yamada by Submission (Armbar) at 2:51 minutes of round 3
Featherweight bout: Waqar Umar defeats Zhao Zhi Kang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Garry Tonon defeats Richard Corminal by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40 minutes of round 2
Strawweight bout: Kritsada Kongsrichai defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Slam) at 1:40 minutes of round 1
Light Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani defeats Ariunbold Tur-Ochir by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Middleweight bout: Gilberto Galvao defeats Jake Butler by TKO (Strikes) at 0:07 minutes of round 2
Bantamweight bout: Sunoto defeats Hisyam Samsudin by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds