Friday the 17th of May will go down in Combat sports history as one of the most talked about night's of upsets, comebacks and knockouts which took place on the One Championship show in Singapore.
Muay Thai superstar Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy of Thailand added perhaps the biggest win on his resumé with a split decision over kickboxing icon Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan of Italy to advance into the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Semi-finals.
Petrosyan looked to be in control in the opening round, making use of his superb boxing skills to outpoint his Thai counterpart. Petchmorakot started to find his groove in the second round as he made things more competitive, trading shots with Petrosyan. After an intense three-round bout, it was Petchmorakot who walked away with the razor-thin verdict.
France’s Samy “AK47” Sana advances into the semi-finals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix after scoring a unanimous decision win over “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex of Thailand. Sana was aggressive early, as he had Yodsanklai in some trouble in the opening round.
The Thai legend bounced back in the second round, putting together better combinations and getting some good shots in on the taller Sana. It was a back-and-forth affair in the final round, but after 15 minutes of fast-paced action, it was Sana who was awarded the decision victory.
Russian kickboxing World Champion Dzhabar “Genghis Khan” Askerov was the first to advance into the semi-finals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix after earning a unanimous decision win over Germany’s Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl.
The powerful Askerov picked Kehl apart with crisp combinations and thunderous kicks throughout the three-round bout. In the end, it was Askerov who was hailed the winner by all three judges.
Thailand’s Smokin’ Jo Nattawut punched his ticket to the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Semi-finals with a third-round technical knockout victory over Sasha Moisa of Ukraine.
Nattawut overcame a distinct size advantage as he punished Moisa with an array of kicks to the legs and to the body. In the final round, Nattawut turned up the intensity as he overwhelmed his opponent, dropping Moisa twice before finally getting the exciting stoppage win.
Multiple-time World Champion Daniel “The Rock” Dawson of Australia earned a spot as an alternate in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix with a split decision win over Brown Pinas of The Netherlands.
Dawson was aggressive from the opening bell, pummeling Pinas with a barrage of powerful punches and kicks. Pinas kept things competitive by using his reach to score points and keep Dawson at bay. After three rounds of action, Dawson was declared the winner on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
Results for ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON
ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship bout: Regian Eersel defeats Nieky Holzken by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final bout: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defeats Giorgio Petrosyan by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final bout: Samy Sana defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final bout: Jo Nattawut defeats Sasha Moisa by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:24 minutes of round 3
Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight bout: Yoshitaka Naito defeats Alex Silva by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final bout: Dzhabar Askerov defeats Enriko Kehl by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Alternate bout: Daniel Dawson defeats Brown Pinas by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds