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)

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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:

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Lightweight title eliminator headlines ONE Championship 66 in Thailand

A lightweight title challenger and No. 1 contender will be crowned at “ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World.”

Officials today announced a fight between Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) and Rasul Yakhyaev (10-6).

ONE Championship 66 takes place Dec. 9 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, and the event streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Wiratchai, a 28-year-old Thai fighter, has won six straight fights – all under the ONE Championship banner. Most recently, he used a knee to knock out Rajinder Singh Meena in just 29 seconds. It was his third straight knockout victory and his fourth consecutive stoppage win.

He meets Yakhyaev, a 26-year-old Chechen fighter who returns to ONE Championship for the first time since 2015. The ABC vet is currently stuck in a three-fight losing skid.

Other fighters were announced for the card, though their opponents weren’t revealed: Thai atomweight Rika Ishige (2-1), former strawweight champ Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (8-2), strawweight Kritsada Kongsrichai (5-3) and lightweight Sagetdao Petpayathai (2-0).

The latest ONE Championship 66 card includes:

  • 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 59 highlights: Title changes hands with Martin Nguyen's devastating right,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5545710041001
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A title changed hands with a big upset in ONE Championship 59’s main event.

Martin Nguyen (9-1) avenged the lone loss of his career and took the featherweight title from champion Marat Gafurov (15-1) in Friday’s headliner. Not only did Nguyen get back a split-decision loss to Gafurov from two years prior, but he handed him his first career setback – and did so after fending off repeated submission attempts to land a sickening knockout in the second round.

In the co-main event, Ev Ting (14-4) made easy work of Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2), who hadn’t fought in more than three years. Ground-and-pound got the job done in decisive fashion.

“ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” took place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, former bantamweight title challenger Kevin Belingon (16-5) needed only 62 seconds to take out Reece McLaren (9-5). And Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke shut down Robin Catalan with a TKO 46 seconds into the second round.

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.

ONE Championship 59 main-card results:

  • Martin Nguyen def. Marat Garufov via knockout – Round 2, 1:27
  • Ev Ting def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3: 29
  • Agilan Thani def. Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision
  • Kevin Belingon def. Reece McLaren via knockout, Round 1 – 1:02
  • Gianni Subba def Riku Shibuya via unanimous decision
  • May Ooi def. Ann Osman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:27
  • Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Robin Catalan via TKO – Round 2, 0:46
  • Christian Lee def. Keanu Subba via submission (armbar) – Round 3
  • Emilio Urrutia def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
  • Rene Catalan def. Bu Huo You Ga via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 59, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 59 results: Martin Nguyen stuns Marat Gafurov to earn 145-pound title

Thanks to a perfect counter by Martin Nguyen, Marat Gafurov no longer is undefeated, and ONE Championship got a new featherweight champion in the process.

Nguyen (9-1) saw himself in a rough spot early in today’s “ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” headliner. But a low kick by Gafurov (15-1) paved the way for a massive overhand that had the now-ex-champ landing face down on the mat at the 1:27 mark of Round 2.

Seemingly awakened by follow-up shots, though, Gafurov was quick to get up and express his dismay with the stoppage. In fact, he wasn’t even in the cage to hear the announcement of Nguyen’s win at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The title win also meant revenge for the 28-year-old Nguyen, whose sole career loss had come exactly by the hands of choke expert Gafurov at ONE Championship 31 in 2015. The new champ now is on a five-fight winning streak – all finishes. (via Twitter)

It seemed like we could be off to a short fight when Gafurov cracked Nguyen with a right hand and immediately went for the takedown. Nguyen tried to resist, but soon saw himself exactly where he didn’t want to be against Gafurov: with his back dominated. The challenger managed to escape the early scare, though, switching positions against the cage before even briefly getting Gafurov to the ground.

Gafurov, however, was quick to prop himself back up, and the two went back to the center of the cage. After some overall balanced exchanges, Nguyen was once more taken down by Gafurov. This time, however, he managed to keep Gafurov from getting to his back, and briefly got up before being once more taken down before the end of the round.

The tides turned in the second round, after Nguyen managed to get back up from yet another takedown. Approximately one minute in, Gafurov went for a low kick and saw himself hit flush in the face with an overhand right. Nguyen made sure to follow it up with punches, prompting the referee to step in.

The setback was the first of Gafurov’s stellar record – which most recently included six consecutive rear-naked-choke finishes.

Long layoff shows, and Suzuki is no match for a fresh Ev Ting

Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2) hadn’t fought in three years when he met a fighter more than a decade his junior in Ev Ting (14-4). The disparity became apparent when a much faster and fresher Ting needed less than a round to end things in pretty assertive fashion.

While Suzuki showed early aggression with low kicks – and stuffed a takedown attempt by Ting, it didn’t take too long for the tides to turn. After drawing first blood, hurting Suzuki above the left eye, Ting started taking more definitive control of the exchanges halfway through the round. Soon, a failed low kick by Suzuki led to a beautiful takedown by Ting.

At that point, it was clear Suzuki didn’t have much left to give. Ting capped off the display with some violent ground-and-pound. The stoppage marked Ting’s return to the winning column after a title loss to champ Eduard Folayang. Suzuki, in turn, is now on a two-fight skid after a TKO loss to champ Ben Askren in 2014.

Thani cruises, Belingon and May score solid finishes

Malaysia’s own Agilan Thani (8-1) had an easy time bouncing back from his first career loss, cruising his way to an unanimous decision over fellow middleweight Sherif Mohamed (8-4). It was Thani’s first time heading into the judges’ scorecards in his entire pro career. The result follows a first-round submission by Askren in a title affair back in May. Mohamed is now on a two-fight skid.

Reece McLaren (9-5) gave champ Bibiano Fernandes one of his toughest challenges to date when they met back in December. But Kevin Belingon (16-5), himself a former challenger to Fernandes throne, took no notice of that, needing only a minute to land the right hand that spelled the beginning of the end of the bantamweight scrap. (via Twitter)

May Ooi (3-2) was rocked by Ann Osman (5-4), but managed to bounce back big by locking in a finish of her own. The upset win put the 41-year-old former Olympic swimmer back on the winning column after a two-fight skid. It also meant she gets to keep her 100 percent finish percentile in pro wins.

ONE Championship 59 results:

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Champ Marat Gafurov vs. Martin Nguyen headlines ONE Championship 59 on Aug. 18

The featherweight title will be on the line next month at ONE Championship 59.

Officials today announced the event’s headliner features featherweight champion Marat Gafurov (15-0) vs. challenger Martin Nguyen (8-1) in a rematch of their 2015 fight.

“ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” takes place Aug. 18 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Undefeated Gafurov, a 32-year-old Russian fighter, claimed the ONE Championship title in 2015 with a submission victory over Narantungalag Jadambaa. Since then, the seven-year pro has tapped out Kazunori Yokota and Jadambaa to lengthen his title reign. He has 11 submissions in 15 career wins.

He takes on Nguyen, a 28-year-old Australian fighter who looks for his fifth straight victory. His only career loss came in 2015 at ONE Championship 31, where Gafurov tapped him out via 41-second rear-naked choke in a short-notice bout. Nguyen has posted four straight first-round stoppage victories since then.

In the co-headliner, Ev Ting (13-4), who was on a 4-0 run before a recent decision loss to lightweight champ Eduard Folayang, meets former champ Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-2-2), who came up short in a 2014 welterweight title with Ben Askren. It remains Suzuki’s most recent fight, and he now returns as a 155-pounder.

The latest ONE Championship 59 card includes:

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