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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Ben Askren defends title vs. Zebaztian Kadestam at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai

For the first time, ONE Championship will touch down in Shanghai next month, and its welterweight title will be on the line.

Dominant unbeaten 170-pound champion Ben Askren (16-0) will put his belt up against Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-3) in the main event of ONE Championship 60.

The event takes place Sept. 2 at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

“China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront,” Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated. “It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai.”

Askren will fight for the second time in 2017 when he steps in against Kadestam. In May, he submitted Agilan Thani at ONE Championship 55 for his second defense of the welterweight title. He stayed perfect for his career at 16-0, including 4-0 for ONE Championship.

Askren had just one fight in 2016, a non-title win over Nikolay Aleksakhin when Aleksakhin failed to make weight. And he had just one fight in 2015 – a no-contest with Luis Santos after Santos was poked in the eye and couldn’t continue.

Kadestam has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights. In May, he fought Santos and knocked him out with knees in the third round to put himself on the path to a fight with Askren. Overall, eight of Kadestam’s nine career wins have been by stoppage, indluding seven knockouts.

The ONE Championship 60 lineup includes:

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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