Explosive knockouts for Grand Prix finalists, 3 takeaways from ONE:ONLY THE BRAVE – Sports


Josa Lukman (Jakarta Post)

Jakarta ●
Tue, February 1, 2022

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ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE presented the best martial arts actions on Friday, January 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

At this second ONE Championship event this year, fans were treated to back and forth and knockouts.

From fiery semi-final kickboxing matches to new stars emerging, here are the three biggest takeaways from the event.

#1 Kickboxing Grand Prix gets two finalists

The ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix is ​​coming to an end as two of the favorite competitors have now reached the final.

After knocking out Sammy “AK47” Sana with a first-round knockout in the quarterfinals, Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov continues to prove why he is one of the most feared kickboxers today. On Friday night, he knocked out Smokin’ Jo Nattawut in the first round of their main event clash.

In the tournament final, he will face Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenongwho also won the main event of ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE.

In the headlining event, the Thai athlete took on a longtime foe Davit Kiria in a trilogy fight. He outplayed his Georgian counterpart en route to a unanimous decision win.

The ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Final – set to take place at ONE’s 10 Year Extravaganza, A X, March 26 – will not be the first meeting between Sitthichai and Allazov. The Thai picked up a decisive victory over his fellow Grand Prix runner-up in 2014. But in the last eight years a lot has changed, and Allazov’s knockout streak could make him the man to beat.

#2 Zhang Lipeng scores a thunderous knockout

chinese dynamo “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng continues to shine on the world stage with a lightning-fast knockout against Kyrgyzstan Ruslan “snow leopard” Emilbek Uulu just 32 seconds into their light mixed martial arts bout.

On his debut last August, he announced his presence with a unanimous decision victory over the former king of the division Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.

Following Friday night’s win, he was then rewarded with a US$50,000 performance bonus. Not only that, it certainly elevated his name to become a title challenger in the future.

#3 Brooks Closes in on Strawweight World Champion

Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks used his grappling repertoire to seal a dominant victory over Hiroba Minowa on his second appearance in the Circle.

After his victory, “The Monkey God” reaffirms his case to challenge ONE world strawweight champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.

The American’s impressive performance on Friday night certainly brings him one step closer to a ONE World Title shot, but that’s not yet guaranteed. Highest ranked competitor Bokang “Little Giant” Masunyane may be the next challenger to the throne of the Filipino kingpin.

Nonetheless, a tilt between the world champion and the outspoken American would scratch any itch a martial arts fan might have. From entertaining trash talk to incredible depths of talent, when these two stars finally meet, it’s going to be one of the most sensational contests in the division.

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This article is published in collaboration with ONE Championship.


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