ONE Championship 66 highlights: Check out this crippling liver shot

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Dann StuppONE Championship closed out its 2017 campaign this past weekend, and the main card opened with a crippling liver shot.

“ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World” took place Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

In the first main-card bout, featherweight Sagetdao Petpayathai (3-0) scored a first-round win after delivering a quick and precise knee to the liver that crippled Jimmy Yabo (5-6).

Also on the card, Alex Silva (7-1) scored a unanimous-decision victory and dethroned strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-1) in the headliner.

Additionally, teenager Christian Lee (8-1) used a first-round suplex and punches to stop featherweight Kotetsu Boku (26-12-2), and atomweight Rika Ishige stopped Rome Trinidad with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Check out all of the highlights above.

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ONE Championship 66 results: Alex Silva claims title as undercard dazzles with finishes

Alex Silva claimed a title today at ONE Championship 66, where the undercard provided some dazzling finishes.

Alex Silva

In the main event, Silva (7-1) scored a unanimous-decision victory and dethroned strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-1) via unanimous decision.

“ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World” took place at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Silva, a 35-year-old Brazilian, handed Naito his first career loss. Backed by effective striking, he took a clear lead through three rounds and then survived Naito’s late rally to get the victory on the scorecards.

“It feels like a dream,” Silva stated after the event. “If this is a dream, please wake me up. I can’t believe I’m here. Hard work, works. It pays off. I want to say thank you to all the fans who came out to watch and support me. I want to thank everyone at Evolve. This is not only my belt, guys; this is ours. Those guys smash me in the gym, making me stronger everyday. I can’t believe I’m here.”

In the co-headliner, lightweight Rasul Yakhyaev (11-6) upset 3-1 favorite Shannon Wiratchai (8-2) via unanimous decision with a well-rounded attack over three rounds.

Elsewhere on the card, 19-year-old Christian Lee (8-1) scored a win over featherweight Kotetsu Boku (26-12-2) via first-round suplex (via Twitter):

In a catchweight fight, Xiong Jingnan (9-1) unloaded punches on April Osenio (2-3) for a first-round TKO stoppage (via Twitter):

In the main-card opener, featherweight Sagetdao Petpayathai (3-0) scored a first-round win after stopping Jimmy Yabo (5-6) with a crippling knee to the liver (via Twitter):

Full ONE Championship 66 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 8:30 a.m. ET)

  • Alex Silva def. Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision – to claim strawweight title
  • Rasul Yakhyaev def. Shannon Wiratchai via unanimous decision
  • Christian Lee def. Kotetsu Boku via knockout (suplex and punches) – Round 1, 3:24
  • Riku Shibuya def. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 2:36
  • Rika Ishige def. Rome Trinidad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:05
  • Xiong Jingnan def. April Osenio via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:44
  • Sagetdao Petpayathai def. Jimmy Yabo via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 2:44

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 66, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 66 finalized as Yoshitaka Naito vs. Alex Silva title fight headlines

The fight card is set for ONE Championship 66, which marks the organization’s return to Thailand.

“ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World” takes place Dec. 9 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

As previously announced, strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-0) meets challenger Alex Silva (6-1) in the headliner. Additionally, in the lightweight co-headliner, Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) meets Rasul Yakhyaev (10-6) in a title-eliminator.

New bouts include 19-year-old Christian Lee (7-1) vs. former lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (26-11), ex-strawweight titleholder Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (8-2) vs. former flyweight title challenger Riku Shibuya (13-4-2), and atomweights Rika Ishige (2-1) vs. Rome Trinidad (0-0).

The full ONE Championship 66 lineup includes:

For more on ONE Championship 66, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito vs. Alex Silva headlines ONE Championship 66

The strawweight title will be up for grabs in next month’s ONE Championship 66 headliner.

Officials today announced a fight between strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-0) and challenger Alex Silva (6-1).

ONE Championship takes place Dec. 9 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Naito, a 33-year-old Japanese fighter, is a former Shooto flyweight champion who made his ONE Championship debut in 2016. In his first bout with the promotion, Naito submitted Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke for the title. The submission specialist then defended it by tapping out Joshua Pacio. He now returns from a 14-month layoff as he searches for his 13th straight victory.

He meets Silva, a 35-year-old Brazilian who turned pro in 2011 and has spent most of his career with ONE Championship. “Little Rock” is currently riding a five-fight winning streak with the promotion, which included a recent submission victory over Hayato Suzuki (17-1-2) earlier this month.

The latest ONE Championship 66 card includes:

  • Champ Yoshitaka Naito vs. Alex Silva – for strawweight title
  • Shannon Wiratchai vs. Rasul Yakhyaev
  • Rika Ishige vs. TBA
  • Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. TBA
  • Kritsada Kongsrichai vs. TBA
  • Sagetdao Petpayathai vs. TBA

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ONE Championship 64 results: Martin Nguyen becomes 2-division champ with highlight-reel KO

Eduard Folayang attempted to put Martin Nguyen on his highlight reel with a knockout via spinning kick. The result, however, was a crushing knockout defeat that caused him to lose his ONE Championship lightweight title.

ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Nguyen (9-2) moved up to 155 pounds for the champion-vs.-champion affair, which headlined today’s ONE Championship 64 event. That decision paid off, and he added a second belt to his collection with a second-round knockout of Folayang (18-6) in the online pay-per-view bout at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Folayang entered the contest as the betting favorite, and in the early going, the odds seemed justified. His size and range gave Nguyen some troubles, but he figured out the solution to the puzzle going into the second round.

During a striking exchange in the second frame, Nguyen perfectly countered the spinning attack of his opponent and caught Folayang with a clean right hand. He went down in a heap, and just like that a new 155-pound champion was crowned and history was made (via Twitter):

Moraes taps Kingad to defend 125 belt

Adriano Moraes (16-2) continued his dominant run in the ONE Championship flyweight division when he earned his first title defense with a first-round submission of an overmatched Danny Kingad (7-1).

It was a classic performance from Moraes, who spent the first few minutes of the fight engaging with his opponent on the feet. He waited for Kingad to throw a lazy kick and caught it to secure a takedown. Once he was on top, Moraes went to work.

Moraes broke down Kingad on the mat and threatened from a number of positions. Moraes found his way to the back, and once there, he locked in a rear-naked choke to get the tap at the 4:45 mark of Round 1.

“This is my house, this is my belt, and this is my class,” Moraes said after his victory. “Thank you very much.”

Chung survives Belingon’s power

Kevin Belingon (17-5) proved why he’s one of the most prolific strikers in ONE Championship history when he put on another display of striking violence with a unanimous-decision victory against Kevin Chung (4-1).

The heat behind Belingon’s strikes was too much for Chung to handle in the bantamweight bout. He consistently rocked his opponent with hard punches and kicks, and though Chung managed to survive the pressure and sprinkle in some moments of success, he couldn’t thwart Belingon’s offense, and he lost on the scorecards.

With the victory, Belingon improved to 5-1 in his past six fights. Chung, meanwhile, suffered his first career loss.

Complete ONE Championship 64 results included:

Main card (Online pay-per-view, 7:30 a.m. ET)

  • Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:20 – to win lightweight title
  • Champ Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:45 – to defend flyweight title
  • Kevin Belingon def. Kevin Chung via unanimous decision
  • Alex Silvadef. Hayato Suzuki via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:22
  • Reece McLaren def. Anatpong Bunrad via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:52
  • ZhiKang Zhao def. Thai Rithy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:31

Preliminary card (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 64, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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