ONE Championship 61 highlights: 2 guys yelling about emotional victories and quick KOs

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Did you miss out on this past weekend’s ONE Championship 61 event? Well then let Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson bring you all the highlights at a volume level that would make Dana White and Joe Rogan blush.

ONE Championship 61 took place Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, and the main card streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America. In the night’s main event, Kairat Akhmetov (21-1) picked up a razor-thin split-decision win over Geje Eustaquio (9-6).

Check out the best moments from that contest, as well as a lightning-quick knockout and a few emotional victories from the card’s other featured contests.

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)

  • Adrian Matheis def. Phat Soda via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:11
  • Riski Umar def. Adi Nugroho via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:00
  • Thai Rithy def. Jerome S. Paye via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:19

For more one ONE Championship 61, check out the MMA Events 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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Who is ONE Championship's Geje Eustaquio?

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Want to know more about Filipino flyweight Geje Eustaquio ahead of his ONE Championship 61 headliner with Kairat Akhmetov? Check out this video, courtesy of ONE Championship.

Eustaquio (9-5) and former flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-1) will be the main attraction of “ONE Championship 61: Total Victory,” which takes place Sept. 16 at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

Eustaquio comes off a split-decision win over Anatpong Bunrad at ONE Championship 55 back in May. The win meant recovery for the 28-year-old Filipino fighter, who was coming off a submission loss to Toni Tauru in December of 2016.

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

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Ex-champ Kairat Akhmetov and Geje Eustaquio headline ONE Championship 61 on Sept. 16

ONE Championship’s return to Jakarta, Indonesia, officially got itself a headliner.

Former flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-1) and Geje Eustaquio (9-5) will be the main attraction of “ONE Championship 61: Total Victory,” which takes place Sept. 16 at Jakarta Convention Center. Officials recently announced the matchup.

The headliner means a quick turnaround for Kazakhstan’s Akhmetov, 29, who was last seen suffering his first pro loss in a title-unifier with then-interim-champ Adriano Moraes earlier this month, at ONE Championship 58.

The setback snapped a long layoff for Akhmetov, who hadn’t fought since November of 2015, when he brought on Moraes’ second career loss, via split decision.

“Eustaquio is one of the best competitors in the division and a victory over him will mean a lot,” Akhmetov said in an official press release. “I have one goal, and that is to get back my title. I will take care of anyone who stands in my way.”

Eustaquio, in turn, comes off a split-decision win over Anatpong Bunrad at ONE Championship 55 back in May. The win meant recovery for the 28-year-old Filipino fighter, who was coming off a submission loss to Toni Tauru in December of 2016.

“Gravity” has fought under the ONE Championship banner for the majority of his pro career, amassing a 6-4 record with the promotion. He fought for the then-vacant title once, in 2014, but suffered a submission loss to current champ Moraes.

“Akhmetov is a world-class martial artist and I can’t wait to test my skills against him,” Eustaquio said in the release. “When the cage door closes, it’s time for battle. I will make sure to come well prepared.”

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

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