Kang Ji Won earned his fifth win as a pro recently, scoring a knockout victory against Amir Aliakbari in the main event of ONE Championship’s “Fists of Fury II” card.
The pre-taped card from the Singapore Indoor Stadium aired for the first time on Friday.
Kang’s win came quickly in the main event, landing a two-punch combo that flattened Aliakbari in the second minute of their fight. Kang had struggled slightly earlier in the fight, as damage to his left eye started to become quite visible.
The victory continued momentum that Kang has quickly built within ONE. The South Korean heavyweight earned his first ONE win earlier in the year, making a comeback within a round to defeat Mehdi Barghi.
The fight was Aliakbari’s promotional debut. He entered the bout with an impressive record of 10 wins and one loss, including fights in RIZIN. Aliakbari’s sole loss prior to Friday came against legendary fighter Mirko Cro Cop.
Aliakbari’s loss potentially disturbed booking plans for the promotion, as before he competed on Friday, ONE had already booked him for an April fight against co-main event winner Anatoly Malykhin.
Now Aliakbari is expected to appear at a “ONE on TNT” card in April just weeks after being stopped in a fight.
Aliakbari was originally meant to make his ONE debut last year against Islam Abasov, although that fight was later cancelled.
Malykhin Finishes Fight In Crucifix Position
Anatoly Malykhin had a dominant ONE debut in the co-main event, landing strikes from the crucifix position to stop Alexandre Machado in the first round of their fight.
Malykhin extended his win streak to nine-in-a-row with his victory on Friday.
Machado was competing for the first time since 2018.
Tang Extends Win Streak With Stoppage Victory
Tang Kai continued his win streak at the event, showing his skills with punches in a fight against Ryogo Takahashi. Tang dropped Takahashi with a two-punch combo in the first round, landing follow-up shots that further hurt him and persuaded the referee to end the bout.
Tang now has four consecutive ONE wins. When including the wins he earned prior to joining the promotion, he is now on a seven-fight win streak.
Takahashi’s previous fight saw him hand Yoon Chang Min his first pro loss in 2020.
Right Hook Spoils ONE Debut of Uulu
Yoshiki Nakahara spoiled the ONE debut of Ruslan Emilbek Uulu on Friday, catching the previously undefeated fighter with a clean right hook in the first round.
Uulu was hurt by the fight-ending shot while he was coming forward with a combination of his own. The punch dropped Uulu, causing the referee to stop the bout shortly after.
Nakahara was returning after taking his first ONE loss in his previous fight, getting submitted by Garry Tonon in 2019. He previously had an eight-fight win streak that included his ONE debut.
Uulu was entering ONE on a 12-fight win streak.
Han Picks Up Decision Win Over Noi
Han Zi Hao picked up a decision victory in a Muay Thai bout, defeating Adam Noi after three rounds. A large portion of the fight saw Noi fight from the perimeter of the cage, as Han would keep the inside of the circle.
Both fighters had a high output of strikes throughout the bout, causing Noi to be shocked when not picked on scorecards.
Noi was coming back after picking up a kickboxing victory over Victor Pinto last year.
Han had a stoppage win in his last fight, defeating Mohammed Mahmoud in October.
Abelardo Ends Losing Streak With Heavy Fists
Mark Abelardo finished a two-fight losing streak at Friday’s card, using his striking to hurt Emilio Urrutia and eventually stop him in the second round of their fight.
Abelardo floored Urrutia with an elbow to the head in the second round of their fight. The finish came after he hurt Urrutia with strikes in prior minutes.
Abelardo had Urrutia hurt late in the first round, making him visibly wobbled with a series of punches and elbows.
Abelardo bounced back after having a rough 2020 that resulted in two losses.
Urrutia has now been finished in four consecutive fights under the ONE Championship banner. Friday’s fight was his first since early 2019.
Bout 6: Kang Ji Won def. Amir Aliakbari via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Anatoly Malykhin def. Alexandre Machado via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Tang Kai def. Ryogo Takahashi via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Yoshiki Nakahara def. Ruslan Emilbek Uulu via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Han Zi Hao def. Adam Noi via Decision (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 1: Mark Abelardo def. Emilio Urrutia via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)