ONE Championship will return for the first time in over two months this morning when presenting “Battleground.” The six-fight card from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore includes many notable names from the promotion and has a Muay Thai title fight in the main event.
Follow along throughout the morning for live updates on the event.
Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (B/R App / Youtube)
Bout 6: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs. Prajanchai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (125 lbs) (ONE Muay Thai Strawweight Championship)
Prajanchai Earns Majority Decision Win Over Sam-A
Prajanchai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym dethroned Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in Friday’s main event, defeating him via majority decision to become the new ONE Muay Thai Strawweight Champion.
Success in the early rounds along with a first-round knockdown secured the win for Prajanchai on scorecards.
Prajanchai started the fight hot, flattening Sam-A late in the first round with a right cross for a knockdown.
Prajanchai showed fast striking at the start, stringing together quick combinations of punches that connected on Sam-A. The damage from these blows became visible on Sam-A’s face early on.
Sam-A settled into the fight in the fourth and fifth rounds as Prajanchai’s output of strikes dropped off. However, the late success for the former champ wasn’t enough to get him ahead on most scorecards.
Prajanchai, a Muay Thai veteran of over a decade, was fighting in ONE Championship for the first time. He is a former Rajadamnern and Lumpinee Stadium Champion and trains out of the prestigious gym PK Saenchai Muay Thai.
Sam-A became a ONE Muay Thai champion early last year with a win over Rocky Ogden. He had defended it once prior to Friday, having defeated Josh Tonna in October.
Bout 5: Aung La N Sang (26-12) vs. Leandro Ataides (11-4) (205 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Former ONE Champ N Sang Snaps Skid With Knockout
Aung La N Sang delivered an explosive knockout to end his losing streak on Friday, stopping Leandro Ataides within a round with strikes.
Backing Ataides up against the cage, N Sang strung together a series of punches that stunned him and eventually knocked him down. Ataides was dropped by a right hook as part of the combination, causing the fight to get stopped.
Ataides had a decent start to the fight, being able to take N Sang down early. Once the fight got back to the feet, N Sang became aggressive with his striking and hunted for a finish.
The victory put N Sang back to his winning ways after losing his two ONE belts to Reinier de Ridder in his two past fights.
The fight on Friday was N Sang’s first non-title bout since 2017.
Ataides was also coming off a loss he took to de Ridder in early 2020.
N Sang, who trains in the U.S. but was born in Myanmar, asked for support for his home country after the fight. Myanmar has been under political turmoil since a military coup was carried out on their government in April.
“It’s been a hard year for all of us … It’s been hard for me to mentally go into the gym with all of this going on in Myanmar,” said N Sang. “If you are the authority, if you are responsible about it, let’s think about the future of Myanmar and not just for yourself.”
Bout 4: Ryuto Sawada (14-6-1) vs. Gustavo Balart (8-4) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Balart Ends Losing Streak, Earns First ONE Win
Gustavo Balart showed up in a potential must-win fight against Ryuto Sawada, defeating him via unanimous decision on Friday.
While Balart wasn’t able to take Sawada down in the first round, it became clear later on that his skills to get him down would be an influencing factor in the fight.
Balart did significant damage on the ground in the second frame, scoring with knees to the head of Sawada while controlling him with wrestling.
Balart was able to get Sawada on his back in the final round, using the position to land periodic punches to the head.
Balart had a few setbacks in this fight due to unintentional fouls that were committed. He was given a yellow card in the third round after accidentally striking Sawada in the groin for the third round.
The fight was paused again in the final minute of the fight after Balart scored a punch to the back of Sawada’s head. He was slapped with a second yellow card after that strike.
Balart scored his first win since joining the ONE Championship roster in 2019. He had previously lost three consecutive bouts in the promotion.
Sawada lost a decision in his previous fight as well when he faced Miao Li Tao earlier this year.
Bout 3: Ritu Phogat (4-1) vs. Lin Heqin (14-2-1) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Phogat Bounces Back From Sole Loss
Ritu Phogat’s wrestling skills earned proved strong on Friday, as she defeated Lin Heqin to bounce back from her sole pro loss.
Phogat’s finest work in the fight came from her ground and pound skills. She scored numerous takedowns in the fight, using dominant positions on the ground to land a steady pace of ground and pound strikes.
Phogat took her first pro loss earlier this year, dropping a split decision to Bi Nguyen in what many considered an upset. Prior to then, Phogat had attained four wins through 13 months of being a pro.
Lin was returning to ONE for the first time in over a year. She won her promotional debut in 2019, submitting Jomary Torres in the first round with a triangle choke.
Bout 2: Chen Rui (9-2) vs. Jeremy Pacatiw (10-4) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Team Lakay’s Pacatiw Wins ONE Debut
Jeremy Pacatiw had a successful ONE Championship debut on Friday, fighting to a unanimous decision win over Chen Rui.
Pacatiw’s ability to control Chen on the ground for the majority of the fight gave him an advantage on scorecards. He was able to get on the back of Chen in the first round, and in the second he put down numerous minutes in full guard.
Chen was the advancing fighter in the final round, charging forward and throwing a quick tempo of strikes. The third round was Chen’s best due to it staying in a stand-up exchange.
Pacatiw joined the ONE Championship roster after competing in Brave CF for numerous years. He exited Brave CF after having won four of his last five bouts.
Pacatiw trains out of Filipino gym Team Lakay, which is prominent in the ONE Championship roster.
His fight on Friday was his first in over a year.
Chen was looking to bounce back from a stoppage loss he took earlier this year against Kwon Won Il.
Bout 1: Victoria Lee (1-0) vs. Wang Luping (3-2) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Lee Finishes Fight Within A Round For Second Win
Victoria Lee had a quick win in her second pro fight, submitting Wang Luping in the first round with an armbar. The victory came after a controlling fight on the ground from Lee for over three minutes.
Lee was quick to score a takedown from a clinch position in the opening minute. She was able to land punches and attempt submissions while frequently switching from full mount to the back.
Lee, a sibling of prominent ONE fighters Angela and Christian Lee, now has two pro wins.
She won her pro debut earlier this year, defeating Sunisa Srisen with a second-round rear naked choke.
The fight on Friday was Wang’s ONE debut. She was entering the promotion after a series of wins in Chinese promotion WLF.