ONE Championship 63 highlights: Aung La N Sang's risk pays off

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ONE Championship middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang took a major risk by fighting dangerous heavyweight striker Alain Ngalani in an open-weight this past Friday at ONE Championship 63.

It was clear Ngalani’s (3-4) strength was an X-factor, but it couldn’t prevent hometown hero Sang (21-10) from locking in guillotine choke to win the main event at the 4:51 mark of Round 1.

The event took place at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, and streamed via online pay-per-view in North America.

Check out the highlights above and full results from ONE Championship 63 below:

For more on ONE Championship 63, check out the MMA Eventssection of the site.

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ONE Championship 63 results: Aung La N Sang wins open-weight headliner

ONE Championship middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang took a major risk by fighting dangerous heavyweight striker Alain Ngalani in an open-weight bout today at ONE Championship 63.

It was clear Ngalani’s (3-4) strength was an X-factor, but it couldn’t prevent hometown hero Sang (21-10) from locking in guillotine choke to win the main event at the 4:51 mark of Round 1.

The event took place at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, and streamed via online pay-per-view in North America.

The fight had a tentative start, with both fighters standing at a safe distance from each other. Eventually Ngalani crowded his opponent and got in top position. Sang attempted to reverse Ngalani, but the strength difference was a problem. He eventually worked his way back to the feet, only to drop down for an unsuccessful guillotine attempt.

Sang got back up a second time, though, and committed to the guillotine again. He had it tight, and Ngalani was forced to tap out, sending the crowd of Sang supporters into frenzy (via Twitter):

Thaw guts out split decision

The co-main-event featured a blood-and-guts clash between Phoe Thaw (5-0) and Saw Ba Oo (2-2). In the end, Thaw won the competitive featherweight fight by split decision.

All three rounds of the bout were back and forth. Thaw had some advantageous positions on the feet and ground, but was also put in some compromising spots by his opponent.

By the end of the bout both men were utterly exhausted, moving around the cage with hands by their sides. The judges had to decide the winner, and Thaw took the split call.

Complete ONE Championship 63 results included:

For more on ONE Championship 63, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Ahead of his ONE Championship open-weight superfight, meet KO artist Alain Ngalani

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It doesn’t take a trained eye to realize Alain Ngalani is capable of incredible things inside of a cage.

Truthfully, you really don’t even need to know that he’s a multiple-time muay Thai world champion to surmise that if the hulking Ngalani hits an opponent flush, it won’t be a pretty sight. “The Panther” proved exactly that in September, needing just 11 seconds to dispatch of Hideki Sekine at ONE Championship 61.

Ngalani (3-3) returns to action on Nov. 3 at “ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream” at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, where he meets the promotion’s current middleweight world champion, Aung La N Sang (20-10), in an open-weight superfight billed as “the world champion vs. the giant.”

Ahead of that contest, and courtesy of ONE Championship, get to know a little more about Ngalani, whose background might surprise you.

For more on ONE Championship 63, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship's November lineup? Open-weight fight, champ-vs.champ, retirement title bout

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By all measures, November could be the biggest month for ONE Championship, which boasts a handful of can’t-miss fights.

The Asian promotion recently released the above trailer to highlight the November slate of events and fights.

Here’s what’s on tap for the shows, all of which stream as online pay-per-views in North America:

Nov. 3 – “ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream” at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar

In the headliner, which is billed as “the world champion vs. the giant,” middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang (20-10) takes on muay Thai heavyweight champion Alain Ngalani (3-3), who recently scored an 11-second win at ONE Championship 61.

Nov. 10 – “ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World” at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines

The headliner is a champion-vs.-champion bout as lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang (18-5) takes on featherweight champ Martin Nguyen (9-1). Folayang’s lightweight belt is on the line.

Nov. 24 – “ONE Championship 65: Immortal Pursuit” at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore

This card features two big title fights. In the headliner, women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee (8-0) rematches Mei Yamaguchi (16-10-1), who’s the only fighter to take the champ the distance. And in the co-headliner, 170-pound champ Ben Askren (17-0), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, fights for the final time when he takes on big-show vet and Japanese notable Shinya Aoki (39-7) in his retirement fight.

For more on ONE Championship 63, ONE Championship 64 and ONE Championship 65, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship 61 results and gifs: Main-event ref blunder, 11-second face-plant

Today’s ONE Championship 61 main event went the distance, but the flyweight bout was spoiled in the first round by an apparent referee blunder.

Facing Kairat Akhmetov (21-1), Geje Eustaquio (9-6) unloaded a flush upkick – totally legal under ONE Championship’s rules – but referee Yuji Shimada inexplicably called a timeout. Instead of awarding the knockout stoppage, the ref continued to fight, and Akhmetov rallied to pick up a narrow split-decision win.

Here’s the kick in question (via Twitter):

The event took place at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, and the main card streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

With Akhmetov getting some time to recover from the blow, the 29-year-old Kazakhstani fighter eventually seized momentum of the fight, took the bout to the mat, and ground his way to a decision victory.

It was the former flyweight champion’s first fight since losing his belt via decision to Adriano Moraes in August.

In the flyweight co-headliner, things didn’t last long. Local product and clear crowd favorite Stefer Rahardian (6-0) scored a quick takedown, took his opponent’s back, and then tapped out Sim Bunsrun (3-4) with a rear-naked choke. The stoppage came in just 67 seconds (via Twitter):

Also on the card, in a quick heavyweight bout, Alain Ngalani (3-3) avoided a charging Hideki Sekine (7-2) before catching him with a fight-ending and face-planting punch in just 11 seconds (via Twitter):

In a strawweight bout, Yago Bryan Farias de Morais (4-2) dropped and stopped Roy Doliguez (6-5) via punch for a third-round punch (via Twitter):

Full ONE Championship 61 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 10 a.m. ET)

  • Kairat Akhmetov def. Geje Eustaquio via split decision
  • Stefer Rahardian def. Sim Bunsrun submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Alain Ngalani def. Hideki Sekine via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:11
  • Roy Doliguez def. Yago Bryan Farias de Morais via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 2:58
  • Thai Rithy def. Sunoto Peringkat via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:19
  • Hisyam Samsudin def. Jeremy Meciaz via TKO (knees and elbows) – Round 1, 2:37
  • Ramon Gonzalez def. Deligerihu Liu via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:52

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 9 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 61, check out the MMA Eventssection of the site.

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Before ONE Championship 61, watch Alain Ngalani's wild 34-second debut

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Dann StuppBefore his return to the ONE Championship cage, check out Alain Ngalani wild, memorable and 34-second pro debut.

Back in 2013 at ONE Championship 10, the 42-year-old Cameroonian kickboxer and four-time Muay Thai world champion took on Egyptian heavyweight Mahmoud Hassan.

The fight didn’t last long – thanks to one powerful kick.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch Ngalani (2-3) back in action at ONE Championship 61 on Saturday, when he takes on Japanese heavyweight Hideki Sekine (7-1). “ONE Championship 61: Total Victory” takes place at Jakarta Convention Center, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.

For more on ONE Championship 61, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.

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