One Warrior's Quest Results
By Nina Syahira
May 27, 2015
On 22 May, ONE Championship returned with their biggest fight line-up in Singapore history, featuring world-class athletes pumped up and ready to rock the ONE cage.
Around the world, fans of Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki heaved a collective sigh of relief as he successfully defended his ONE Lightweight World Championship belt in the main event. The mighty Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioner faced a true challenge against rising star, Koji Ando, in five gruelling rounds, which got the entire arena up on their feet in anticipation.
Shinya Aoki (Japan) vs Koji Ando (Japan) for ONE Lightweight World Championship
Two of the best Japanese fighters put on a clinic in a BJJ vs Judo showdown with lots of solid strikes and takedowns. Things got a lot more intense in the third round when Aoki almost had Ando locked in an armbar submission but time ran out. The subsequent rounds saw more fire in the challenger despite getting grounded by the defending champ. By round five, both contestants remained evenly matched. When the final bell rang, a unanimous decision by the judges awarded Aoki the final victory.
Result: Shinya Aoki def. Koji Ando (Unanimous Decision by Judges)
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Roy Doliguez (Philippines) for ONE Strawweight World Championship
ONE: Warrior’s Quest continued to rock the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the crowning of the first ever ONE Strawweight World Champion, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. The newly crowned champion defeated Roy Doliguez in quite possibly the most interesting fight of the night with fans seated at the edge of their seats from round one, when the Filipino boxer started bleeding from a cut above his eye after a blow to the face from Dejdamrong. The competition was certainly brewing when Dejdamrong began serving up vicious high knees, much to the delight of the crowd. However, Doliguez managed to escape each takedown by the Muay Thai expert by blocking with his legs. Fighting hard to defend against the endless tirade of kicks and punches, Doliguez requested for two separate injury times in the fourth round but was sadly denied a third when referee declared the fight to stop.
Result: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Roy Doliguez (Unanimous Decision by Judges)
Marat Gafurov (Russia) vs Ev Ting (Malaysia)
Marat Gafurov remained undefeated with an 11th professional win against Malaysian kickboxer, Ev Ting. The BJJ practitioner from Russia strategically wore down his opponent with definitive strikes before going for a successful rear naked choke submission. This victory secured his position at the ONE Featherweight World Championship.
Result: Marat Gafurov def. Ev Ting via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lowen Tynanes (USA) vs Kuat Khamitov (Kazakhstan)
Despite having a lot more experience under his belt, Kuat Khamitov showed little prowess in the first round, which stunted Lowen Tynane's attempt for any attack. Fortunately, the Hawaiian wrestler managed to close in a few successful takedowns and a near submission to finally wake the Kazakh beast. However, it was too late as Tynanes managed to overpower him on the mat with the ground and pound.
Result: Lowen Tynanes def. Kuat Khamitov (Unanimous Decision by Judges)
Ariel Sexton (Costa Rica) vs Eddie Ng (Hong Kong)
It was an explosive start to the competition between Costa Rican BJJ fighter, Ariel Sexton and fan favourite, Eddie Ng. Sexton was on fire till the last second in the first round, almost bagging a submission victory on the spot. Despite Ng’s tenacity to keep fighting, the BJJ/Muay Thai practitioner was outmatched in the second round when Sexton finally took him down in a rear naked choke submission.
Result: Ariel Sexton def. Eddie Ng via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Benedict Ang (Singapore) vs Waqar Umar (Pakistan)
Also proving their worth in the ONE cage are Singapore’s very own fighters. Newcomer Benedict Ang faced Waqar Umar from Pakistan, displaying solid elbow attacks and takedowns. During the second round, Ang accidentally made an inside leg kick which was too close for comfort for Umar, who subsequently asked for a quick time-out to recover. When the fight resumed, both fighters showed frustration as they answered each other with more leg kicks.
Result: Benedict Ang def. Waqar Umar (Unanimous Decision by Judges)
Angela Lee (Singapore) vs Aya Saeid Saber (Egypt)
18-year-old, Angela Lee, also made an impressive debut against Egyptian kickboxer, Aya Saber. The hometown crowd cheered tirelessly for the teenage wrestler who had most of the fight control in her favour. Despite being the more experienced pro fighter, Saber was too slow for Lee who forced her submission with an armbar after a beautiful Koshi Guruma takedown under two minutes.
Result: Angela Lee def. Aya Saeid Saber via Submission (Armbar)
Shannon Wiratchai (Thailand) vs Amir Khan (Singapore)
Despite having the hometown advantage, Amir Khan lost to Shannon Wiratchai in a very close contest. The Thai southpaw wasted no time with a strong opening strike but Khan didn’t seem at all intimidated. Khan scored a takedown and a near submission in the second round but Wiratchai managed to escape, before proceeding to respond with his own vicious strikes. The fight continued evenly matched till the final bell.
Result: Shannon Wiratchai def. Amir Khan (Split Decision by Judges)
A La Teng Hei Li (China) vs Stephen Langdown (Singapore)
Fellow Lion City fighter, Stephen Langdown, also couldn’t take home the win after facing Chinese wrestler A La Teng Hei Li. It proved to be too much for the young Singaporean as he struggled through the many takedowns by his opponent. Li grew more adamant in his pursuit to victory in the second round, pounding Langdown relentlessly. Eventually, the referee had to stop the fight.
Result: A La Teng Hei Li def. Stephen Langdown via TKO [Technical Knock-Out] (Strikes)
Yang Jian Bing (China) vs Ali Yaakub (Malaysia)
Malaysian fighter Ali Yaakub also made his professional debut that night against Yang Jian Bing. However, the Chinese grappler displayed impressive mat skills, eventually sending Yaakub home with an armbar submission after two intense rounds.
Result: Yang Jian Bing def. Ali Yaakub via Submission (Armbar)
*All photos used (including overview) are courtesy of ONE Championship
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