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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