Marat Grigorian Makes Comeback Over Ivan Kondratev To Win ONE Debut

Marat Grigorian fights Ivan Kondratrev at ONE Championship's "Big Bang" event. (ONE Championship)
Marat Grigorian fights Ivan Kondratrev at ONE Championship’s “Big Bang” event. (ONE Championship)

Former GLORY Lightweight Champion Marat Grigorian won his ONE Championship debut on Friday, coming back from being knocked down to stop Ivan Kondratev in the second round.

The win for Grigorian came in the main event ONE’s “Big Bang” card from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Grigorian stopped the fight halfway through the second round by flooring Kondratev with a punch to the body. The shot kept Kondratev down until the referee stopped the fight.

Kondratev had a strong first round, dropping Grigorian with a two-punch combination in the closing seconds of the round. The knockdown finished off a round that saw Kondratev have a large output of punches while Grigorian was working at a slower rate.

The fight was Grigorian’s first outside of GLORY Kickboxing since 2016. The former lightweight champion had a four-fight win streak heading into Friday’s fight. He previously competed in December of 2019, where he defeated Elvis Gashi at GLORY 73.

Numerous Fights Changed Including Main Event

The card underwent numerous big changes on short notice, including the removal of a previously scheduled heavyweight kickboxing title fight between Roman Kryklya and Murat Aygun. The removal of the fight came after a cornerman of Kryklya tested positive for COVID-19.

Amir Aliakbari was also removed from the card. His original matchup against Islam Abasov was cancelled after Abasov was detained in Moscow, Russia. Aliakbari was ruled out of a potential short-notice opponent after testing positive for COVID-19, per a statement from the promotion on Friday.

Tonon Calls Out Le Following Win

Garry Tonon went to scorecards for the first time in his pro career in the co-main event, defeating Koyomi Matsushima after a dominating grappling performance. A grappling clinic from Tonon potentially set him up for a title fight against 155-pound champion Thanh Le.

Tonon called out the champion after the fight.

“I’m coming for the gold around your waist. It’s mine,” said Tonon during his post-fight interview.

Tonon came close with submission attempts at points. The closest moment for the American came late in the first round, where he was able to put a rear naked choke under the chin of Matsushima.

Tonon is still undefeated through six fights as a pro. All of his fights have happened within ONE.

Matsushima’s previous win was a finish victory over Jae Woong Kim.

Kickboxers Souwer and Aygun Prevail

Overcoming a second-round knockdown, Murat Aygun defeated Anderson “Braddock” Silva via decision in a kickboxing fight. Silva scored a knockdown in the second round, although Aygun protested it not being ruled as a slip. Apart from the knockdown, which was disputed, Aygun put together a strong performance against Silva.

The fight was a short-notice opponent change for both fighters. Aygun was originally prepared for a title fight. Silva was first scheduled to face Masoud Safari on ONE’s pre-taped “Big Bang II” card which airs next week.

Former K-1 fighter and kickboxing veteran Andy Souwer snapped a three-fight skid on the main card, defeating Zhang Chunyu on scorecards after a controlling performance. Souwer closed out his performance strong, putting Zhang against the cage with powerful combinations of strikes in the third round.

Masunyane Wins In Explosive Fashion

Bokang Masunyane had an explosive win on the card, catching Rene Catalan in the first minute of action with a head kick to win. The walk-off victory for Masunyane was his second in ONE and moved his undefeated record to eight wins.

115-Pound Fighters Open The Card

The card had two 115-pound fights to start the show. Both fights potentially had big implications to them as ONE plans to hold a tournament in the division next year.

Jihin Radzuan returned to the win column on Friday, defeating Bi Nguyen via decision. Radzuan’s best work of the fight was on the ground, where she was able to cause damage with ground and pound and frequently look for submissions. Radzuan’s previous fight was a loss to Denice Zamboanga in 2019.

Ritu Phogat remained undefeated in the opening bout of the card, finishing Jomary Torres within a round with ground and pound. The win saw Phogat finish the fight from a crucifix position, landing a series of strikes from the position that made the referee stop the fight. The win was Phogat’s fourth as a pro.

Full Results:

Bout 7: Marat Grigorian def. Ivan Kondratev via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:52) (Kickboxing Bout

Bout 6: Garry Tonon def. Koyomi Matsushima via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)

Bout 5: Murat Aygun def. Anderson Silva via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 4: Andy Souwer def. Zhang Chunyu via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 3: Bokang Masunyane def. Rene Catalan via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:37) (MMA Bout)

Bout 2: Jihin Radzuan def. Bi Nguyen via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)

Bout 1: Ritu Phogat def. Jomary Torres via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:55) (MMA Bout)

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