Alyona Rassohyna handed Stamp Fairtex her first loss as an MMA pro, submitting her in the final moments of a three-round fight. The win for Rassohyna headlined ONE Championship’s “Unbreakable III” card, which was recorded in January but aired for the first time on Friday.
Rassohyna’s win came late in the third round where she applied a guillotine choke that caused a tap. Stamp protested the stoppage immediately afterwards, although upon replay it was clear that Stamp had tapped out.
While Rassohyna held her own on the feet, her skills throughout the fight came from her ability to take Stamp down and attempt submissions on the ground.
Stamp, a former ONE Muay Thai and kickboxing champ, entered the fight with an undefeated MMA record of five wins. Stamp was returning to MMA after losing her ONE kickboxing belt to Allycia Rodrigues in August of 2020.
The fight was Rassohyna’s first in ONE. She came into the fight with a decade of pro experience in the sport. Her two previous fights were first-round armbar victories.
Andrade Ends Sato’s Win Streak, Calls For Title Fight
Fabricio Andrade won a decision over Shoko Sato following a back-and-forth battle in the co-main event. The close fight saw Andrade showcase his strong striking against Sato.
The fight was mostly contested on the feet, although both fighters had moments where they showed their grappling skills as well.
Andrade called for a title fight after his win.
“I come here [and] I do my job. If you wanna prove me wrong, let’s see,” said Andrade afterwards.
Andrade credited Sato for his toughness after the fight.
“Sato is so tough. I expected him to be tough but that was way more than I was expecting,” said Andrade in his post-fight interview.
The loss for Sato ends a six-fight win streak that included three stoppage wins in ONE.
Andrade won his ONE debut over the summer, defeating Mark Abelardo in the second round with a rear naked choke. A win against Sato is huge for Andrade, as Sato was ranked as one of the top fighters in ONE’s 145-pound division.
Sawada Earns Rear Naked Choke Win Over Catalan
Ryuto Sawada earned a quick win in the fourth fight, catching Robin Catalan in the fifth minute of action with a rear naked choke. Sawada worked for a choke while on the back of Catalan, earning a quick tap out once it was eventually applied.
Sawada now has two consecutive wins in ONE. His previous fight was four months ago, where he defeated Miao Litao via decision.
The fight was Catalan’s return after a year out of the cage. His last fight, a bout in 2019, was a win over Gustavo Balart.
Kang Makes One-Round Comeback In ONE Debut
Kang Ji Won made a one-round comeback to defeat Mehdi Barghi in his ONE debut. The win saw Kang finish the fight with ground and pound while on the back of Barghi late in the first round.
Kang’s finish victory came after he found himself in trouble twice earlier in the round.
Barghi had a strong start to the fight, landing two takedowns and moving into full mount afterwards in both instances. While Kang escaped and returned to his feet the first time, he used the second position to get his own control on the ground and work towards a finish.
Kang entered his ONE debut following three wins as a pro from 2018 to 2019.
Kang is already booked for his next fight, as it was announced earlier in the week that he will fight Amir Aliakbari at ONE’s upcoming “Fists of Fury II” event.
The fight was Barghi’s first since 2018. It was also his first ONE fight.
Mujtaba Wins In Return, Defeats Raju With First-Minute Knockout
Ahmed Mujtaba had a quick win on the main card, knocking Rahul Raju out with a right hook in the first minute of action. The blow immediately folded Raju, concluding the fight.
Mujtaba’s success in the cage came after nearly three years outside of the cage.
Raju was looking to bounce back from a finish loss to Amir Khan that he faced in October.
Thang Uses Ground and Pound To Finish Lumihi In The Second
Tial Thang earned his third win as a pro to kick off the card, taking Paul Lumihi out of the fight in the second round with strikes. Thang landed a series of ground and pound punches that caused the finish.
Thang succeeded with takedowns and grappling prior to the finish as well.
The fight was Thang’s return to MMA after not competing in 2020. His two previous wins were also in the ONE cage.
Lumihi is now on a four-fight losing streak
Bout 6: Alyona Rassohyna def. Stamp Fairtex via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Fabricio Andrade def. Shoko Sato via Decision (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Ryuto Sawada def. Robin Catalan via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Kang Ji Won def. Mehdi Barghi via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Ahmed Mujtaba def. Rahul Raju via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Tial Thang def. Paul Lumihi via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)