ONE Championship’s latest Fight Night offering from Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, served up a smorgasbord of martial arts excellence, as two of the promotion’s world champions retained their titles.
In the main event, reigning lightweight Muay Thai and kickboxing champion Regian Eersel showcased his elite striking skills as he finished Russian challenger Dmitry Menshikov in just 46 seconds of their Muay Thai championship bout.
Menshikov came into the bout with just one defeat to his name from 28 professional kickboxing/Muay Thai contests, but Suriname’s Eersel showed that he was levels above his opponent with a spectacular display.
Menshikov started out the aggressor, landing some heavy leg kicks in the opening seconds. But Eersel was lining up his opponent and, after landing a few range-finding punches, he caught the challenger with a sneaky short left hook that dropped the Russian and rendered him so wobbly that he was unable to continue.
The punch, which was beautifully hidden behind a faked body kick, didn’t look like a hugely powerful shot, but the placement of the punch sent Menshikov to the mat. It took a couple of attempts for the challenger to make it back to his feet, but his equilibrium was still seriously compromised, and referee Olivier Coste smartly waved off the contest.
The quickfire victory gave Eersel the 61st win, and 28th knockout, of his pro striking career as the prodigious striker maintained his two-sport champion status in fine style as he extended his active win streak to 22 wins, a run that stretches back seven years.
The co-main event showcased ONE’s submission grappling divisions, as American Kade Ruotolo successfully defended his lightweight submission grappling title with a unanimous decision over Norwegian Tommy Langaker.
In MMA action, there were important submission victories for the Russian duo of Ilya Freymanov and Mansur Malachiev, while bantamweight contender Kwon Won Il finished Russia’s Artem Belakh to strengthen his claims for a potential championship rematch with current champ Fabricio Andrade.
The night also saw another spectacular finish from Thai kickboxing star Superbon, who stopped Turkey’s Tayfun Ozcan with a head kick in the second round.
ONE Fight Night 11: Official results
- Regian Eersel def. Dmitry Menshikov via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:46 – for lightweight Muay Thai title
- Kade Ruotolo def. Tommy Langaker via unanimous decision – for lightweight submission grappling title
- Ilya Freymanov def. Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:18
- Superbon Singha Mawynn def. Tayfun Ozcan via knockout (head kick) – Round 2, 1:46
- Mansur Malachiev def. Jeremy Miado via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:31
- Arian Sadikovic def. Nieky Holkden via unanimous decision – kickboxing bout
- Kwon Won Il def. Artem Belakh via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 2, 3:57
- Martine Michieletto def. Amber Kitchen via unanimous decision – Muay Thai bout
- Hu Yong def. Woo Sung Hoon via split decision
- Rade Opacic def. Guto Inocente via unanimous decision – kickboxing bout