ONE FC 8: Kings & Champions took the Singapore Indoor Arena, delivering one of the strongest undercards in recent memory. The event saw contenders for “Fight of the Year” and “Submission of the Year” emerge, topping off a night of wild action.
There was a lot of hype behind the lightweight bout between Arnaud Lepont and Eddie Ng, and both men delivered. After a takedown from “The Magician,” the Frenchman was able to make it back to his feet, where the two recklessly swung hammers at one another. In the second period, “The Game” looked to take position early, scoring a leg-trip takedown and mashing the face of Ng. Once the fighter from Hong Kong was able to sweep, he took the back of Lepont, who attempted to escape out the backdoor, but found himself caught in an inverted armbar. With an immediate grimace, the Frenchman tapped out at 4:45 of Round 2.
Yusup Saadulaev and Leandro Issa went to war in the bantamweight division. From the onset, it was a scramble fest. While “Brodinho” had a clear advantage in the takedown department, the Brazilian simply could not keep Saadulaev pinned down. “Maestro” would buck his way out of the bottom position repeatedly, taking top control and working from the feet when possible. At the final bell, the takedowns of Brodinho proved to be the difference maker as the judges rendered a unanimous decision for Issa in a “Fight of The Year” contender.
Alex Silva was hungry for an arm in his first ONE FC victory. The Brazilian flyweight repeatedly attempted an armbar against Rene Catalan. His persistence paid dividends late in the opening stanza, after going belly down on the lock, Silva forced the Filipino fighter to tap at 4:34 of the opener.
A featherweight bout between Bashir Ahmad Shannon Wiratchai proved to be an entertaining affair from the opening bell. The Pakistani fighter suffered a nasty cut after eating an elbow from Wiratchai, one which struck a fear of the bout being called in him. Consequently, “Somchai” would battle back and take control early in the middle period. The final stanza played out entirely on the feet, with both men willing to exchange. After fifteen minutes, the judges rendered a unanimous decision for the Pakistani.
In the evening’s preliminary bouts, the power of Jake Butler proved to be too much for Swain Cangco, who tapped to strikes at 2:54. Chen Yun Ting defeated Ronald Low via TKO at 3:58 of the opening round.