Brazil’s Fabricio Andrade continued his perfect run under the ONE Championship banner as he finished South Korean contender Kwon Won Il in the first round, then called out ONE bantamweight champion John Lineker.
Andrade looked relaxed and composed as he set about his work against Il, adding some snapping kicks to the body and head to his sharp boxing.
Eventually, it was a body kick from range that did the damage as he connected clean with his toes between Kwon’s ribs. The impact caused a delayed reaction as the South Korean backed away and curled up in clear agony.
That was more than enough for referee Olivier Coste to dive in and stop the bout with just 62 seconds on the clock to give Andrade his fifth straight victory in ONE Championship, and his seventh consecutive win overall.
Andrade’s clean, clinical performance backed up his pre-fight comments to the ONE commentary team as he delivered on his promise to finish Kwon inside the opening round at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
After his victory, he told ONE Championship fight analyst Mitch Chilson that he’s ready to challenge ONE bantamweight champion John Lineker in his next matchup.
“I have been working a lot on my kicks, everything,” he said.
“I knew he had some openings and I knew when I touch him I have some different power, I have some different speed.
“I knew I was going to finish him, and I know I’m going to finish John Lineker. Get ready, boy. You’re next!”
When asked if his performance was good enough to put him next in line for a shot at Lineker, Andrade was confident in his response.
“I’m pretty sure I did,” said Andrade, whose performance earned him a $50,000 bonus from ONE president and CEO Chatri Sityodtong after the fight.
“I have more wins than he does in ONE Championship right now.”
Then he issued a direct challenge to “Hands of Stone” as he called out the reigning champion.
“I’m coming for you, John ‘Chicken’ Lineker! Don’t hide. Don’t hide. You are next!”
McLaren grapples his way to victory
The fight card in Singapore also saw a victory for Australia’s returning flyweight contender Reece “Lightning” McLaren.
Fighting for the first time in more than a year, McLaren turned to his grappling to lock up a first-round submission victory over heavy-handed Chinese contender Xie Wei, but his victory didn’t come easily.
McLaren was dropped hard by a big right hand from Xie, who followed up looking for the finish. But eventually McLaren used his mat smarts to turn the bout to his advantage as he took the Chinese fighter’s back and locked up a rear-naked choke to force the tap at the 3:42 mark of the opening round.
‘The Kazakh’ marches on
There was also an important victory for former ONE bantamweight flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov, who defeated Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada via unanimous decision.
Akhmetov utilised his wrestling to dominate proceedings across the three round duration as “The Kazakh” extended his win streak to five and thrust himself right into the flyweight championship picture.
Silva delivers statement in rematch
Another former ONE world champion cemented his status as a title contender as former strawweight king Alex “Little Rock” Silva avanged his prior defeat to Adrian Mattheis with a first-round submission finish.
Silva was controversially stopped via TKO by Mattheis seconds into the second round of their first meeting in March in a bout that many, including Silva, felt was stopped prematurely.
But, in the rematch, Silva made sure there was no room for doubt as he dominated the “Papua Badboy” before finishing him with a heel hook mid-way through the opening round of their strawweight bout.
“I don’t take this as a rematch. I take this as the second round of my previous fight,” he said after his win.
“I’m never going to count that (first) fight on my record.”
The main event saw a Muay Thai clash as Tawanchai PK.Saenchai claimed a second-round knockout of Niclas Larsen, while heavyweight kickboxing contender Guto Innocente connected with a perfectly-timed jab to the body to finish Rade Opacic in their main card clash.
ONE 158: Official Results
- Tawanchai PK.Saenchai def. Niclas Larsen via knockout at 1:42 of R2 (Muay Thai)
- Fabricio Andrade def. Kwon Won Il via knockout (body kick) – Round 1, 1:02
- Reece McLaren def. Xie Wei via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:42
- Kairat Akhmetov def. Tatsumitsu Wada via Unanimous Decision
- Guto Inocente def. Rade Opacic via knockout (body shot) – Round 1, 2:33 (kickboxing)
- Alex Silva def. Adrian Mattheis via Submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 3:34
- Gurdarshan Mangat def. Yodkaikaew Fairtex via split decision
- Constantin Rusu def. Marouan Toutouh via unanimous decision (kickboxing)
- Marcus Almeida def. Simon Carson via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
- Odie Delaney def. Mehdi Barghi via submission (straight armlock) – Round 2, 2:22
- Jasur Mirzamukhamedov def. Duke Didier via split decision
- Jenelyn Olsim def. Julie Mezabarba via split decision
- Edson Marques def. Kim Kyung Lock via unanimous decision