ONE Championship 58 highlights: Watch Brazilians Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes cruise to title wins in Asia

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It was smooth sailing this past Saturday for a pair of Brazilian standouts fighting for ONE Championship in Asia.

Champion Bibiano Fernandes (21-3), who’s No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, took less than two minutes to tap out challenger Andrew Leone (8-3) in the ONE Championship 58 main event.

In the co-main event, interim champ Adriano Moraes (16-2) unified the promotion’s flyweight title with a unanimous-decision victory over champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-1), who had been inactive since a November 2015 split-decision title win over Moraes. Not only did Moraes avenge that loss, he handed Akhmetov his first career setback.

“ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” took place at Cotai Arena in Macau, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, lightweight Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) took out Rajinder Singh Meena (8-7) in just 29 seconds after landing a perfect knee to the head. And Hayato Suzuki (17-0-2) finished Joshua Pacio (9-2) with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their strawweight fight.

Check out the highlights from those four fights above, courtesy of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and an always for some reason angry-sounding Mitch Chilson.

Full ONE Championship 58 results include:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 9 a.m. ET)

  • Champ Bibiano Fernandes def. Andrew Leone via submission (rear-naked choke– Round 1, 1:47 – to defend bantamweight title
  • Adriano Moraes def. Kairat Akhmetov via unanimous decision – to unify flyweight title
  • Timofey Nastyukhin def. Koji Ando via unanimous decision
  • Shannon Wiratchai def. Rajinder Singh Meena via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:29
  • Hayato Suzuki def. Joshua Pacio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
  • Kotetsu Boku def. Eric Kelly via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:27
  • Chen Lei def. Saiful Merican via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 3:58

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

  • Jomary Torres def. Rika Ishige via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:58
  • Leandro Issa def. Toni Tauru via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:36
  • Magomed Idrisov def. Herbert Burns via unanimous decision
  • Marcin Prachnio def. Gilberto Galvao via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:23
  • Leandro Ataides def. Michal Pasternak via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 58, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes meets Andrew Leone in ONE Championship 58 main event

The lineup is set for ONE Championship’s return to Macau, China, in August, and the bantamweight title will be on the line.

Bibiano Fernandes (20-3) will put his 135-pound belt up for grabs against challenger Andrew Leone (8-2) in the ONE Championship 56 main event, the promotion announced this week.

“ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” takes place Aug. 5 at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

Brazil’s Fernandes has not lost a fight in six and a half years. He won ONE’s interim bantamweight title in 2013, then unified it with a win over Soo Chul Kim later that year. Since then, he has five successful defenses of the belt.

In May 2014, he took a decision from Masakatsu Ueda. Later that year, he submitted Dae Hwan Kim. In July 2015, he knocked out Toni Tauru. In January 2016, he submitted Kevin Belingon. And this past December, he took a split decision from Reece McLaren, giving him 12 straight wins.

Leone, a New York native who trains in Indonesia, has three straight wins under the ONE Championship banner. He won his only fights in 2013 and 2014 with decisions over Geje Eustaquio and Shinichi Kojima. Then, after nearly two years away, he outpointed Koetsu Okazaki in February 2016 at ONE Championship 39. His fight against Fernandes will be his first in about 18 months.

In addition to the title fight, ONE Championship 58 includes a lightweight fight between Timofey Nastyukhin (10-3) and Koji Ando (12-5-2); featherweights Shannon Wiratchai (7-1) vs. Rob Lisita (14-9); Joshua Pacio (9-1) vs. Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2) at strawweight; Eric Kelly (12-3) vs. Kotetsu Boku (25-11-2) at lightweight; Chen Lei (2-0) vs. Saiful Merican (5-3) at flyweight; Herbert Burns (6-1) vs. Magomed Idrisov (7-1) at featherweight; Rika Ishige (2-0) vs. Jomary Torres (1-0) in a women’s atomweight bout; Leandro Ataides (9-3) vs. Michal Pasternak (12-2) at middleweight; and Marc Marcellinus (0-2) vs. Tran Quang Loc (0-0) at bantamweight.

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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