A trio of MMA fights kicked off the main card of ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai in explosive fashion on Thursday, September 29.
The global fanbase witnessed a massive TKO, towering first-round submission, and three-round demolition.
Here’s what happened in MMA fights on the ONE 161 main card.
Saygid Izagakhmaev’s struggle propels him to victory
Fifth-ranked contender Saygid Izagakhmaev dominated “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng in their lightweight MMA clash to claim his fourth straight win.
In the opening moments of the fight, the Dagestanis stood in the pocket and went blow for blow with Zhang. But when he found his chance to shoot for a takedown, Izagakhmaev dragged the Chinese athlete to the canvas and choked him out.
From then on, Izagakhmaev worked inside Zhang’s guard and rained down punches and elbows when openings presented themselves. All “The Warrior” could do was squirm helplessly with his back against the mat.
After 15 minutes of action, the three judges awarded the victory to Izagakhmaev, which pushed his professional record to 21-2.
In his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Dagestan called out Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki.
However, after such a one-sided performance, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Izagakhmaev step into the circle against another top contender or perhaps the reigning king of the division, ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.
Tiffany Teo impresses on atomweight debut, finishes Ritu Phogat
Tiffany “No Chill” Teo’s run in the stacked atomweight division got off to a clean start as she submitted Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat with just seconds remaining in the opening frame.
The two-time ONE Women’s Strawweight World title challenger imposed her size and achieved the edge from the get-go. She controlled the distance with her jab, stayed out of Phogat’s reach, and whenever the Indian wrestling sensation decided to negotiate up close, Teo made her pay with stinging strikes.
This prompted “The Indian Tigress” to switch levels and shoot for a takedown. She got the upper hand at first, but the Singaporean reversed position, cleverly transitioned to her rival’s back and immediately went in search of a winning submission.
The first rear choke attempt on “No Chill” proved futile, as the Commonwealth Wrestling gold medalist refused to give up her neck. But Teo was undeterred, and she momentarily shifted her stance and dropped heavy knees to distract Phogat.
As “The Indian Tigress” tried to get its way, Teo picked it up once again. She trapped Phogat’s arm in a body lock to lessen any chance of escape and sank into a rear-end choke, which forced a tap from the Evolve MMA star at 4:52 of the first round.
It was the heroine’s second consecutive victory at the back on the world stage, and her strong performance earned her a bonus of US$50,000.
‘Reug Reug’ returns to form, stops Batradz Gazzaev
“Reug Reug” Oumar Kane returned to the Circle with a point to prove, knocking out dangerous newcomer Batradz Gazzaev in the second round of their heavyweight MMA showdown.
The Senegalese bruiser said he was going to show the improvements he’s made since his first career loss in April 2021 – and he’s delivered on that promise.
After fending off relentless attempts to pull out Russian power right from the opening bell, “Reug Reug” waded through with heavy strikes to display a clear evolution in their stand-up game.
Kane maintained that aggression in the second round, and he scored with heavy kicks and punches that forced a panicked takedown attempt from Gazzaev, who was stuffed.
“Reug Reug” started throwing hammer fists from the turtle position, then he worked his way up and secured the finish with a ground and pound barrage at the 2:15 mark .
Now back on the winning track, Kane is ready to tackle the heavyweight elite with his flawless finish rate of four TKOs in four wins.