ONE Championship will hold their final live event of 2020 on Friday, presenting two championship cards as part of their “Collision Course” card. A light heavyweight kickboxing bout headlines the card, as Roman Kryklya fights Andrei Stoica.
Also, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao returns on the card to fight Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym in the co-main event.
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Bout 6: Roman Kryklia vs. Andrei Stoica (224 lbs) (ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship)
Kryklia Puts Together Strong Five-Round Performance To Defend 225-Pound Kickboxing Belt
Roman Kryklia retained his ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship on Friday, winning a lopsided performance over Andrei Stoica via decision.
Kryklia’s sharp performance wasn’t able to put Stoica away, as the challenger was able to stay in the fight and have a fair output of strikes throughout to avoid a stoppage.
All five rounds of the fight saw Kryklia constantly advancing and in control of the battle. Kryklia was critical of his performance afterwards despite winning the fight in the end.
“I want to say sorry to all my fans because I think it was [a] terrible fight for me,” said Kryklia in his post-fight interview.
Kryklia, a former K-1 fighter, won a ONE kickboxing belt a year ago, defeating Tarik Khbabez in the second round of action.
Kryklia was first scheduled to fight Murat Aygun on a December 4th ONE card, although plans changed after COVID-19 complications.
Bout 5: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (145 lbs) (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship)
Nong-O Drops Rodlek With Right Hand To Defend Muay Thai Belt
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defended his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship again on Friday, crumbling Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym in the third round of action.
Nong-O landed a right cross in the third round that folded Rodlek. The Muay Thai fight was stopped after Rodlek failed to get up for the 10-count done by the referee.
Nong-O wobbled Rodlek early in the round with a jab. The stoppage came after the pace of the fight significantly sped up, as both fighters start to up their output of strikes.
Nong-O called out Giorgio Petrosyan in his post-fight interview.
The fight was Nong-O’s first in ONE in over a year. His previous fight in the promotion was in November of 2019, where he stopped Saemapetch Fairtex in the fourth round with strikes.
Rodlek was given the title fight after winning a four-man tournament put on by ONE in the summer. Despite losing in the first round of the tournament, he was given a final spot after injury vacated a spot. Rodlek defeated Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai via decision in the main event of the tournament.
Bout 4: Marat Gafurov (17-3) vs. Lowen Tynanes (10-0) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Gafurov Wins Split Decision, Defeats The Returning Tynanes
Marat Gafurov took the 10-fight undefeated record of Lowen Tynanes, defeating him via split decision on Friday. The wrestling-heavy fight saw both 170-pound fighters pursue takedown attempts throughout.
Gafurov had a strong final round, taking Tynanes down twice and constantly pressuring him with takedown attempts. Tynanes scored a couple takedowns in the fight as well. A large portion of the first and second round saw Tynanes holding Gafurov in positions on the feet.
Whenever a takedown was scored, the fighters were very quick to stand back up.
The close matchup saw both fighters land good shots on the feet. Neither athlete was rocked by shots at any point.
Gafurov, a former ONE champion, lost his previous fight, being stopped in the second round of action with a rear naked choke by Iuri Lapicus.
Tynanes previously had 10 wins as a pro, including six in ONE. His fight on Friday was his first since January of 2019.
Bout 3: Tusup Saadulaev (19-5-1) vs. Troy Worthen (7-0) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Saadulaev Hands Worthen First Loss As A Pro
Tusup Saadulaev won his third-straight ONE fight on Friday, handing Troy Worthen his first loss as a pro. The fight saw Saadulaev have the better striking throughout.
Worthen’s best work was his ability to control Saadulaev in clinch positions. Saadulaev’s best round saw the last, as he was able to mostly stay out of clinch positions and score with strikes on the feet.
Saadulaev had a two-fight win streak heading into the fight after victories over Dae Hwan Kim and Daichi Takenaka in 2019.
Previously undefeated as a pro, Worthen entered the fight with three-straight wins in ONE. His previous fight was in February, where he took a decision win against Mark Abelardo.
Bout 2: Tatsumitsu Wada (22-11-2) vs. Yodkaikaew Fairtex (6-2-1) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Yodkaikaew Earns Third Win of The Year
Yodkaikaew Fairtex won his third fight in ONE on Friday, defeating Tatsumitsu Wada via split decision.
Despite losing, Wada was able to control most of the fight, winning positions on the ground and in clinches.
Yodkaikaew’s best moments were on the feet, being able to put together strikes throughout.
The fight had three different breaks due to unintentional groin shots, two of which hit Wada.
Yodkaikaew entered the fight after a strong summer which saw him pick up his first two victories in ONE.
The fight was Wada’s first since January, where he defeated Ivanildo Delfino via decision.
Bout 1: Chan Rothana (7-3) vs. Xie Wei (5-3) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Wei Stops Rothana In The Third With Punches
Xie Wei earned his first win on a ONE flagship show on Friday, stopping Chan Rothana in the third round of action with punches.
Wei closed out a close back-and-forth striking battle with a two-punch combination in the third round that dropped Rothana. The fight was stopped after a few more shots were landed. The stoppage came after numerous striking exchanges that both fighters had success in.
Wei had a strong first round, using takedowns in the clinch and work on the ground to control Rothana.
Rothana had a better second round as he was able to showcase more of his striking on the feet.
Wei lost his debut on a ONE flagship show in January, dropping a decision to Danny Kingad. Prior to the loss he had five-straight wins on ONE’s “Hero Series” and “Warrior Series” shows.
Rothana’s loss on Friday snapped a three-fight win streak that he had in ONE. It was his longest win streak of his career, which started in 2014.
His previous fight was a decision win against Gustavo Balart in August of 2019.