Jonathan Haggerty Scores Two Knockdowns To Get Nod Over Taiki Naito At ONE’s ‘Big Bang II’ Card

Jonathan Haggerty scored two knockdowns in his nine-minute performance over Taiki Naito (ONE Championship)

Jonathan Haggerty defeated Taiki Naito in the main event on ONE Championship’s “Big Bang II” show, a previously recorded card from Singapore that aired for the first time on Friday.

The Muay Thai win was Haggerty’s first after losing two championship fights to Rodtang Jitmuangnon in 2019 and early 2020.

A dominant striking performance including two knockdowns from Haggerty gave him a unanimous decision win after three rounds.

Haggerty got ahead on scorecards early, scoring a knockdown on Naito in the first round with a right cross. Naito was able to remain on his feet, albeit only defending himself, for the remaining 30 seconds of the round afterwards.

Haggerty’s right hand scored him a second knockdown in the next round. Naito was dropped again later in the round, although it wasn’t scored as a knockdown as a kick seemingly hit Naito in his eye.

Naito entered the fight after a hot streak of three wins in ONE from 2019 to 2020. His loss to Haggerty was his first since entering the promotion.

Holzken Ends Losing Streak, Stops Compton In Second Minute

Nieky Holzken earned a quick victory in the co-main event, stopping Elliot Compton in the second minute of a kickboxing bout. Holzken landed a left hook that dropped Compton, taking him out of the fight early.

Holzken snapped a two-fight losing streak in the fight. The former GLORY champion earned his first victory in a year, as his last win was a victory over Mustapha Haida in early 2019.

The fight was Compton’s first on a ONE flagship show.

Kim Uses Ground and Pound To Finish Yamada

Jae Woong Kim closed out a strong performance against Tetsuya Yamada in the second round, using ground and pound until the referee intervened.

Striking from Kim gave him success throughout the two-round fight. Yamada was cut in the first round due to strikes.

Kim closed out his year on a high note following a loss months ago to Koyomi Matsushima.

The fight was Yamada’s second straight loss in ONE.

Opacic Gets Spinning Kick Win In ONE Debut

Heavyweight kickboxer Rade Opacic won his ONE debut on the card, stopping Errol Zimmerman in the second round with a spinning back kick to the head.

Opacic, a former K-1 Japan fighter, dropped Zimmerman with the shot, causing the referee to stop the fight shortly after.

The fight was Zimmerman’s first on a big stage since his GLORY run from 2012 to 2015.

McGuire Looks Sharp In Return

Tyler McGuire bounced back from his first loss as a pro on the card, taking a decision win over Agilan Thani. McGuire was able to control Thani for most of the fight in clinch and ground positions.

McGuire closed the fight strong, staying on the back of Thani while looking for a rear naked choke.

The fight was McGuire’s first after two years out of the cage. His last fight was his first loss as a pro, losing a title fight to Zebaztian Kadestam.

Rui Stops Motamed Early In Return

Chen Rui won in his return to ONE, stopping Ali Motamed in the second minute with strikes. Rui dropped Motamed with a series of punches in the second minute, closing the show after hurting him with numerous right hands earlier.

Rui’s win saw him compete for the first time since December of 2019, where he defeated Muhammad Aiman.

The fight was Motamed’s debut on the ONE mainstage after five fights on their “Warrior Series.” Motamed won his two previous fights in 2019.

Full Results:

Bout 6: Jonathan Haggerty def. Taiki Naito via Decision, Unanimous (Muay Thai Bout)

Bout 5: Nieky Holzken def. Elliot Compton via TKO, Strikes (1:36) (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 4: Jae Woong Kim def. Tetsuya Yamada via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:49) (MMA Bout)

Bout 3: Rade Opacic def. Errol Zimmerman via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:35) (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 2: Tyler McGuire def. Agilan Thani via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)

Bout 1: Chen Rui def. Ali Motamed via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:56) (MMA Bout)

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