This article is the play-by-play of ONE Championship’s “Collision Course” event. The purpose of the article is to accompany the live coverage of the event being done on the site. Live coverage of the event can be viewed here.
Bout 1: Chan Rothana (7-3) vs. Xie Wei (5-3) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Wei landed a right hand in the opening minute. He put Rothana against the cage with combinations of hooks. Wei clinched with Rothana in the second minute of the round. Both fighters landed knees and foot stomps from the position. Wei scored a takedown from the clinch in the third minute. Wei moved into side control in the fourth minute of the round. Chan worked up to his feet in the final minute of the round, clinching with Wei after. Wei scored another takedown from the clinch before the round ran out of time.
Rothana landed a head kick to start the second round. Wei came in with a body kick, but Rothana landed a right hook at the same time. Rothana was connecting much more frequently than he did in the first round. A leg kick dropped Wei in the third minute of the round. He was quick to get back up to his feet. The fighters were seemingly trading strikes late in the round, often exploding with shots at the same time. Wei clinched with Rothana with a minute to go in the round.
A leg kick from Rothana tripped Wei up early in the third round. Wei landed a two-punch combo in the second minute of the round that dropped Rothana. He landed a few punches to a grounded Rothana before the referee stopped the fight.
Bout 2: Tatsumitsu Wada (22-11-2) vs. Yodkaikaew Fairtex (6-2-1) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Wada immediately shot for a takedown, backing Yodkaikaew up against the cage. Still on the feet, Wada mounted the back of Yodkaikaew in the third minute of the round. The fight went to the ground with Wada still on Yodkaikaew’s back. Yodkaikaew attemped to flip around and take full guard on top, although Wada stopped him. Wada landed some hammerfist punches from the position. Wada remained on the back of Yodkaikaew until the round ran out of time.
The fighters clinched early in the second round. Yodkaikaew was able to leave it and return to striking. Wada landed two punches to the body while in a clinch in the second minute. Yodkaikaew landed some leg kicks when at the striking distance. Wada was accidentally kicked in the groin halfway through the round, causing a break. The fight resumed after Wada rested for a few minutes. Wada put Yodkaikaew against the cage in a clinch right after they resumed. Wada scored a takedown from the position. Yodkaikaew worked up to his feet with a minute to go in the round.
Wada put Yodkaikaew against the cage in the opening minute of the final round. Another break came after Wada was struck in the groin. The fight resumed at striking distance. Wada was quick to clinch with Yodkaikaew again. Strikes in the clinch hit Yodkaikaew in the groin at some point, causing the referee to give the fight a break. The fight remained on the feet until the round ran out of time. Needing judges to find a winner, Yodkaikaew picked up a split decision victory.
Bout 3: Tusup Saadulaev (19-5-1) vs. Troy Worthen (7-0) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Saadulaev scored a takedown from a clinch very early in the fight. Worthen was able to get back to his feet a minute later. The fighters fought in a clinch at the halfway point in the round, exchanging knees from the position. Worthen put Saadulaev against the cage in a clinch again before the round ran out of time. A knee to the groin of Worthen caused a break in the final minute of the round.
Worthen put Saadulaev against the cage in a clinch in the opening minute of the second round. Worthen kept the position until the referee separated them halfway through the round due to inactivity. Worthen put Saadulaev against the cage again later in the round. The referee was quicker to separate them this time.
The third round had the most striking on it, as no clinching happened for the first half. Saadulaev was consistently connecting with jabs, although Worthen was putting together his strikes as well. A small cut opened near the right eye of Saadulaev. Worthen shot for a takedown in the third minute, although Saadulaev was able to resist the attempt. The fight finished with Saadulaev controlling the fight on the feet with strikes. Going to the judges after three rounds, Saadulaev was given the win.
Bout 4: Marat Gafurov (17-3) vs. Lowen Tynanes (10-0) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
The opening minutes of the fight saw Gafurov and Tynanes trade singular punches. Tynanes put Gafurov against the cage in a clinch in the second minute. Tynanes landed some punches to the body and head of Gafurov from the position. The referee separated them with a minute to go in the round. Tynanes put Gafurov against the cage again before the round concluded.
Gafurov defended a single leg takedown early in the second round, letting a series of punches go after. Tynanes connected with a punch before clinching with Gafurov in the second minute of the round. Tynanes scored a takedown in the second minute of the round, although Gafurov was quick to get up to his feet again. Tynanes stayed pressed on Gafurov with a body lock when they returned to the feet. The referee separated the fighters with two minutes left in the round. A groin kick to Tynanes caused a break late in the round. Tynanes connected with a right hook late in the round.
Tynanes scored a takedown in the opening minute of the second round after scoring with a punch. Like he did the last time he was taken down, Gafurov was quick to stand back up. Gafurov scored his own takedown in the third minute. Tynanes worked up to his feet, although Gafurov was able to throw him back down after. Tynanes stood up again, although Gafurov chased another takedown for the rest of the round. The fight concluded with Gafurov looking for a takedown. A split decision went to Gafurov after three rounds.
Bout 5: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (145 lbs) (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship)
As you would expect, the first round was a slow pace as the fighters were in a feeling out process. Nong-O was landing his jab early in the fight. Both fighters were landing leg and body kicks throughout the round.
Rodlek landed a right hand then clinched in the first minute of the second round. A short pause came after a finger seemingly accidentally went in an eye of Nong-O. Rodlek was connecting with numerous kicks to the lead leg of Nong-O in the round. Rodlek caught a body kick in the final minute of the round, countering with a punch after. Nong-O landed a body kick, then Rodlek answered back with a two-punch combo late in the round.
Nong-O landed a jab early in the third round that seemingly knocked Rodlek back. With Rodlek up against the cage, Nong-O started to put tgoether combinations of strikes. Rodlek walked forward with his own combinations. Nong-O landed a right cross in the second minute of the round that dropped Rodlek. Rodlek didn’t get up in time for the 10-count, ending the fight.
Bout 6: Roman Kryklia vs. Andrei Stoica (224 lbs) (ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship)
Kryklia landed a hard right hook to the body in the opening minute of the fight. Stocia had a very low output of strikes throughout the round, as he was mainly defending himself for most of the round. Kryklia backed him up against the cage with a combination of strikes late in the round.
Like the round before, Kryklia controlled the fight on the feet. Stoica was able to throw more strikes in the round, although it was still clearly going the way of Kryklia.
Kryklia slipped early in the third round. He continued to connect with jabs. Kryklia put together a series of punches and knees in the first minute of the round that caused Stoica to cover up. Kryklia connected with another right hook to the body in the second minute of the round. A leg kick caused Stoica to slip late in the round.
Kryklia continued to charge forward with strikes in the fourth round.
Kryklia was clearly the fresher fighter as the final round started. Kryklia continued to win the fight, although Stoica did enough to stay in the fight. A pause came in the final minute of the round after the fighters clashed heads. Kryklia landed a right cross to the head before the referee intervened and paused the fight due to the headbutt. The fight continued after Stoica rested for a couple minutes. Kryklia charged forward with punches late in the fight. Stoica was clearly wobbled before the fight ran out of time. Kryklia defended his belt, winning a decision after five rounds.