Angela Lee was successful in her return fight Saturday, submitting Stamp Fairtex to defend her ONE 115-pound MMA Championship for the fifth time.
Lee’s win headlined “ONE X,” which was a 10th-anniversary card held by ONE Championship at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
Lee had a short but tough battle against Stamp, overcoming hard striking in the first round and using grappling to get the win.
Lee finished the fight in the second round with a rear naked choke. This came after a dominant round on the ground from the champ, attempting the more rare twister submission before getting the choke finish.
Stamp had Lee in trouble earlier in the battle, hurting her in the third minute of the bout with a punch to the body. Lee survived this moment, scoring a takedown to stop Stamp’s momentum on the feet.
Lee was returning after going on maternity leave for her first child. After the fight, she celebrated that she became ONE’s first mom-champ.
“This moment right here is a dream come true for me,” said Lee in her post-fight interview.
Stamp had a long journey to get the title fight on Saturday. She fought through an eight-woman tournament in 2021, defeating Ritu Phogat in the grand finals to get the title shot.
Johnson Beats Rodtang In MMA, Muay Thai Exhibition
Demetrious Johnson secured a submission win in a special rules bout against Rodtang Jitmuangnon, catching him in the second round with a rear naked choke.
The fight saw Johnson and Rodtang compete under Muay Thai and MMA rules, alternating between rounds.
Johnson endured a tough opening round against Rodtang when the fight was using a Muay Thai ruleset. An aggressive Rodtang walked down Johnson in the opening round and out-landed him, but Johnson was willing to engage and exchange throughout the frame.
The second round, which was under MMA rules, saw Johnson take Rodtang to the ground early on. Johnson took his back and applied a rear naked choke quickly, putting Rodtang to sleep to end the fight.
This fight was made to collide two accomplished fighters from different combat sports.
Johnson is a former long-time UFC Flyweight Champion that has seen success in ONE as well. Rodtang is undefeated in his ONE Muay Thai fights and currently holds a belt in the promotion.
Moraes Submits Wakamatsu To Defend Belt
Adriano Moraes defended his ONE 135-pound MMA Championship on Saturday night, catching Yuya Wakamatsu with a sudden guillotine choke in the third round.
Wakamatsu scored a takedown in the third round, although Moraes caught him with the choke on the way down. The referee called to end the bout shortly after.
The fight was a slow-paced battle before the finish, causing both fighters to take a yellow card and making the crowd boo the fight at times.
Moraes has now defended his belt twice in his current stint as a champ. He beat former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson in his previous appearance, stopping him with strikes last year.
Wakamatsu found himself in the title position after a long five-fight winning streak in recent years.
Akiyama Scores Comeback Win Against Aoki In Grudge Match
Yoshihiro Akiyama pulled off a comeback win against Shinya Aoki, stopping him in the second round of their MMA bout with strikes.
In a fight that was billed as a grudge match, Akiyama survived a grappling-heavy opening round to prevail in the second with a flurry of strikes.
Aoki had Akiyama in trouble for a lot of the first round. He mounted his back early, allowing him to attempt a rear naked choke. While he eventually gave up the submission attempt, he then used that mounted position to land lots of punches until the round ran out of time.
Akiyama turned things around in the second round, using his striking to hurt Aoki on the feet. Aoki dropped to the ground in the second minute of the round, causing him to eat many shots from Akiyama until the fight was stopped.
The upset win was Akiyama’s first appearance since February 2020. He now has a ONE record of two wins and one loss.
Aoki entered this bout on a four-fight winning streak in ONE, including wins over James Nakashima and Eduard Folayang.
Kickboxing, Muay Thai Legend Parr Retires Following Loss To Folayang
Kickboxing legend John Wayne Parr had his retirement fight on the main card, losing a unanimous decision to Eduard Folayang under Muay Thai rules after a back-and-forth battle.
Folayang most notably scored a knockdown in the second round of the fight, connecting with a hard right cross.
Parr looked to make a comeback in the final round, stunning Folayang with a series of punches. A visibly rocked Folayang was able to stay on his feet in the final round but spent a fair amount of the time defending himself.
Parr’s combat sports career spans numerous decades, including appearances in K-1. On Saturday he was searching for his 100th pro victory, something he has been chasing for years.
“It’s been an absolute honor to be a martial artist for the last 35 years,” said Parr in an emotional post-fight interview.
This was Folayang’s first appearance in ONE that wasn’t an MMA bout. He mentioned afterward that he would be open to facing Sage Northcutt in a special ruleset fight.
Superbon Avenges Loss To Grigorian With Decision Win
Superbon Singha Mawynn defended his ONE 155-pound Kickboxing Championship to open the main card, putting together a solid five-round performance against Marat Grigorian to win via unanimous decision.
The kicks of Superbon were the biggest takeaway of the fight. Grigorian was aggressive throughout the fight by marching forward with shots, but Superbon often succeeded by landing push kicks and jabs to keep a distance.
Grigorian was able to close the distance and land some punches in the later rounds of the fight, but by then Superbon had likely already earned enough of a lead to take the bout.
Superbon became ONE’s first 155-pound kickboxing champ in his previous outing, scoring a second-round head kick knockout against Giorgio Petrosyan.
The fight on Saturday avenged a 2018 loss for Superbon, as Grigorian had previously stopped him in 38 seconds on a Kunlun Fight card.
Superbon is now expected to face Chingiz Allazov, who won the promotion’s 155-pound tournament earlier in the night.
“We are friends. But in the cage, in the stadium, I will beat him,” said Superbon about Allazov in his post-fight interview.
Grigorian, a former GLORY Kickboxing Champion, was given the title shot in OEN after scoring two stoppage wins in recent years.
The Rest of the Card
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao’s defended his ONE Muay Thai belt for the fifth time, stopping Felipe Lobo in the third round with a brutal right uppercut.
Hiroki Akimoto put an end to Capitan Petchyindee Academy’s kickboxing title run, defeating him via unanimous decision after a five round battle to claim the belt.
A steady pace of ground and pound shots earned former RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ham Seo Hee a unanimous decision victory over Denice Zamboanga in a rematch. Ham has now beat Zamboanga in both of their matchups.
Jihin Radzuan handed Itsuki Hirata her first pro loss, using ground control to secure a unanimous decision win after three rounds of MMA action.
Tang Kai kept his climb up the 155-pound division going on Saturday night, catching Kim Jae Woong in the first round with strikes for a stoppage win. Tang specifically landed a right cross and a left hook to drop Kim and end the fight.
Chingiz Allazov won the grand final of an eight-man kickboxing tournament, defeating Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via decision after three rounds. The outcome means Allazov is next in line for a title fight at the 155-pound weight class.
Two-division ONE Champion Reinier de Ridder had a hard grappling battle against Andre Galvao that ended in a draw.
Sinsamut Klinmee won his ONE debut against kickboxing veteran Nieky Holzken, dropping him in the second round of a Muay Thai bout with an overhand right.
A leg injury to Lito Adiwang caused his fight against Jeremy Miado to come to an end in the second round, giving Miado a win in the process.
Former Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman earned his second ONE victory on the prelims, defeating Shoko Sato on scorecards.
ONE veteran Amir Khan returned with a close win on Saturday night, defeating Ryogo Takahashi via split decision.
Heavyweight Kang Ji Won scored another big win on the prelims, knocking out ONE newcomer Paul Elliott in the first round with a right hook.
Danielle Kelly settled with a draw against Mei Yamaguchi in a grappling bout, as neither fighter secured a submission after 12 minutes of action.
Senzo Ikeda picked up his third consecutive win to open the afternoon, using ground and pound shots to finish Ryuto Sawada in the first round.
Grand Finale (8:00AM EDT / 8:00PM SGT) (ONE PPV)
Bout 20: Angela Lee def. Stamp Fairtex via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2) (ONE MMA Atomweight Championship) (115 lbs)
Bout 19: Demetrious Johnson def. Rodtang Jitmuangnon via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2) (Muay Thai X MMA Special Rules Bout)
Bout 18: Adriano Moraes def. Yuya Wakamatsu via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3) (ONE MMA Flyweight Championship) (135 lbs)
Bout 17: Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Shinya Aoki via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 16: Eduard Folayang def. John Wayne Parr via Decision, Unanimous (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 15: Superbon Singha Mawynn def. Marat Grigorian via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing Championship) (155 lbs)
Part 2 (5:00AM EDT / 5:00PM SGT) (Youtube / Facebook)
Bout 14: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao def. Felipe Lobo via TKO, Strikes (RD 3) (ONE Muay Thai Bantamweight Championship) (145 lbs)
Bout 13: Hiroki Akimoto def. Capitan Petchyindee Academy via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Kickboxing Bantamweight Championship) (145 lbs)
Bout 12: Ham Seo Hee def. Denice Zamboanga via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 11: Jihin Radzuan def. Itsuki Hirata via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 10: Tang Kai def. Kim Jae Woong via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Part 1 (1:00AM EDT / 1:00PM SGT) (Youtube / Facebook)
Bout 9: Chingiz Allazov def. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix Final) (155 lbs)
Bout 8: Reinier de Ridder vs. Andre Galvao via Draw, Time Limit (Grappling Bout)
Bout 7: Sinsamut Klinmee def. Nieky Holzken via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 6: Jeremy Miado def. Lito Adiwang via TKO, Injury (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Stephen Loman def. Shoko Sato via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Amir Khan def. Ryogo Takahashi via Decision, Split (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Kang Ji Won def. Paul Elliott via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Danielle Kelly vs. Mei Yamaguchi via Draw, Time Limit (Grappling Bout)
Bout 1: Senzo Ikeda def. Ryuto Sawada via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)