Interim flyweight title fight headlines 'ONE Championship 68: Global Superheroes'

An interim flyweight title will be up for grabs in this month’s “ONE Championship 68: Global Superheroes” main event.

Officials today announced the fight and rematch between ex-champion Kairat Akhmetov (21-1) and former title challenger Geje Eustaquio (9-6).

ONE Championship 69 takes place Jan. 26 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Eustaquio, a 28-year-old Filipino fighter, and Akhmetov, a 30-year-old Kazakhstan fighter, first met in September. Akhmetov, who lost his belt a fight prior to current champ Adriano Moraes in a title-eliminator, won the bout via narrow split decision.

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In the co-headliner, Pongsiri Mitsatit (9-0) meets fellow strawweight contender Joshua Pacio (10-2).

The latest ONE Championship 68 card includes:

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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

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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.”

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ONE Championship 58 highlights: Watch Brazilians Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes cruise to title wins in Asia,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5534101478001
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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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ONE Championship 58's Adriano Moraes hopes activity pays off in title unifier vs. Kairat Akhmetov

ONE Championship is billing Saturday’s co-main event as the biggest championship rematch in the promotion’s history, and that might not be hyperbole.

With an undefeated flyweight champion in Kairat Akhmetov (20-0), ONE Championship 58’s co-feature has his unblemished record on the line, as well as his 125-pound title against interim champ Adriano Moraes (15-2). To put a little more at stake, Moraes will be trying to avenge a loss to Akhmetov from nearly two years ago, when he dropped a split decision.

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

Akhmetov has not fought since his win over Moraes in 2015, and Brazil’s Moraes is hoping his two wins over that same stretch help make the difference.

“I’m very happy with this opportunity to be able to face Kairat again,” Moraes told MMAjunkie. “It’s been two years since we last fought. Thankfully, I fought twice more since then. I’m coming off two victories. I stayed active. I’m really happy ONE gave me this shot at the belt again. I believe Kairat wasn’t fighting due to injury. Thankfully he’s well now, so we can fight again and see who really is No. 1.”

Moraes said the 20 months since their initial meeting has given him plenty of time to reflect on the split-decision setback, which took place at ONE Championship 34. And when he wasn’t preparing for his fights against Eugene Toquero and Tilek Batyrov, both of whom he submitted, he no doubt was thinking about getting another crack at Akhmetov.

“I have studied him very well,” Moraes said. “When we first fought, he took me down a few times, so I’ve been working on takedown defense. I’m working on my wrestling with Steve Mocco at American Top Team. I’m also giving emphasis to my jiu-jitsu. If we scramble, my jiu-jitsu is of a higher caliber, no doubt. My training partners are Kyoji Horiguchi, Pedro Munhoz and Gleidson de Jesus. …

“Winning is most important, but my objective is to have a great fight and win by knockout or submission. I’m looking for a great victory. I’ll give everything I have.”

But that activity, even though it was only two fights, again is something Moraes hopes is a check in his favor. Two fights in 20 months compared to none for his opponent could make a huge difference.

“It’s great to be able to be active,” he said. “If too much time goes by, we end up developing rust. There’s a lack of adrenaline. Sometimes you feel that during a fight. It’s a point in my favor. So I’ll exploit it as much as possible. … I believe he’ll be well trained, but remaining active is my advantage. I think my fight memory will be sharper.”

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ONE Championship scraps July 29 event in Indonesia due to 'logistical issues'

Fans will have to wait a little while longer for the return of ONE Championship, because the promotion has called off its next event.

ONE Championship 57 was scheduled to take place July 29 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The promotion today announced the card has been “postponed until further notice,” though, citing “logistical issues” as the reason behind the decision.

The Asia-based organization has hosted seven events in Indonesia to date, however, all had taken place in Jakarta. The planned event marked the first venture to Surabaya, and it’s unknown what role the location played in the situation.

Prior to the postponement, ONE Championship 57 featured a flyweight championship main event between unbeaten titleholder Kairat Akhmetov (23-0) and challenger Adriano Moraes (15-2). The organization did not reveal when that fight, nor the six others slated for the card, will be rescheduled.

The next ONE Championship event is tapped for Aug. 5 in Macau, China. It featured a bantamweight title main event between champion Bibiano Fernandes (20-3) and Andrew Leone (8-2).

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

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