Alex Silva claimed a title today at ONE Championship 66, where the undercard provided some dazzling finishes.
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)
For more on ONE Championship 66, check out the MMA Events section of the site.
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Source: MMA Junkie