ONE Championship 68 Official Results, Recap And Video Highlights

ONE Championship 68: Global Superheroes took place at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The 10-fight card streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Below you will find the official results and video highlights of the event.

Geje Eustaquio Captures ONE Interim Flyweight World Title

The Filipino crowd inside Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena roared to hail the coronation of a new ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion.

Local hero Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio had defeated former flyweight world titleholder Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov to capture gold in the main event of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES.

The bout was a rematch of the pair’s September 2017 clash, which was won by Akhmetov via split decision. But this time around, the result was much more clear cut.

Eustaquio showcased significant improvements to his game to deliver a masterful performance full of confidence and composure against a man who previously had lost just once in his decorated martial arts career.

Akhmetov started the bout looking to close the distance and use his wrestling against the seasoned wushu striker. But the Filipino showed vastly improved takedown defense, repeatedly fending off the former world champion, and even locking up a kneebar submission from his back after eventually being taken to the mat late in the round.

It was a sign that Eustaquio was a much more well-rounded and confident martial artist, and it proved to be the difference maker throughout the entire contest.

Eustaquio took control of the cage, dictating the distance and looking comfortable with his striking. The Baguio City native landed leg kicks and front kicks from range, and stepped in with the occasional punch. Akhmetov’s inability to use his wrestling to dominate was proving problematic for him.

Even when he did score with a takedown, Eustaquio reversed the position quickly, showing huge improvements in his ability to deal with “The Kazakh” on the ground. Confidence was coursing through the veins of “Gravity,” who clearly extended his lead in the second round. 

The action resumed in the third stanza with the Team Lakay veteran settling into his relaxed rhythm once more. By this point in the contest, Akhmetov’s striking attack was reduced to single shots, most of which Eustaquio smoothly evaded as the former world champion started to look increasingly frustrated.

That frustration only grew when another takedown attempt was expertly avoided by the Filipino challenger. Even a late standing guillotine choke attempt proved unsuccessful, as Eustaquio, roared on by the home crowd, easily survived to the end of the round.

The Filipino’s takedown defense and control of range were both on display once again in the fourth, as he continued to frustrate “The Kazakh” by reversing clinches against the cage, evading Akhmetov’s power strikes, and countering effectively.

Despite never competing past 15 minutes in his ONE career, it was “Gravity” who looked the fresher of the two in the championship rounds. He ripped heavy kicks to the legs and body of Akhmetov, slowed the forward pressure of the former world champion, and even attempted a guillotine choke of his own as the round ended.

Eustaquio’s confidence was soaring in the final frame as confidently evaded the advances of an increasingly desperate Akhmetov, who had been made to swing and miss for much of the bout. A late takedown from the Kazakhstani gave him a glimmer of a chance to score a last-gasp finish, but the Team Lakay standout survived the flurry of ground and pound as the bout went all the way to the judges’ scorecards.

When the judges rendered their verdict, they were unanimous in their assessment: a euphoric Eustaquio was awarded a hard-earned unanimous decision win, and the ONE Interim Flyweight World Title. To put the icing on the cake, martial arts legend Renzo Gracie presented the belt.

“I don’t know what to say, guys,” admitted an emotional Eustaquio after the contest. He went on to pay tribute to his family, team, and country, telling them: “This belt is not mine, it’s ours. I’m proud to represent this flag, this country.”

Also on hand was the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes, who defeated “Gravity” three and a half years earlier in the inaugural title match. The Brazilian entered the cage to congratulate Eustaquio and show his respect. The pair then shared a heartwarming moment.

“Adriano! I’ve got a belt!” Eustaquio exclaimed. “When we faced the first time, I didn’t make it to the third round. Give me one more try!”

Moraes accepted the challenge, and paid tribute to the newly-crowned interim champion, saying the time was right for the pair to meet again to unify the titles. 

“I’d like to congratulate this guy. Geje Eustaqio really deserved this belt. I have too much respect for this guy,” he told an approving Manila crowd. “Now he’s an interim flyweight world champion. But this is my throne, this is my house, so let’s do it again!” 

With a ONE Flyweight World Title unification bout seemingly now set, the anticipation will begin as the Philippines’ newest world champion will look to become the undisputed best flyweight in the world later in 2018.

Emilio Urrutia Stops Bruno Pucci In First Round

The opening bout on the main card of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES had a real big-bout feel, as Bruno Pucci and Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia went toe-to-toe in a featherweight clash.

Both men went into the contest with championship ambitions. In the end, it was Urrutia who delivered a big statement to the rest of the division, as he dismantled the two-time BJJ no-gi world champion with a blistering display of powerful striking to score an impressive first-round knockout victory. It was just as he promised in the weeks leading up to the bout.

Right from the opening bell, Urrutia took to the center of the cage and established his jab, slamming “Puccibull” with stinging left hands and disrupting the Brazilian’s composure with chopping low kicks to his lead leg.

Pucci had spoken ahead of the contest of his own improved striking, but his decision to stand and trade with the Tiger Muay Thai & MMA product proved ill-advised. Urrutia dominated the striking exchanges, forcing Pucci backwards with solid combinations as he exerted forward-pressure and controlled the cage.

The Phuket-based Floridian also showcased his takedown defense. He first used his impressive upper-body strength to shrug off Pucci’s takedown attempt from the clinch, then employed quick footwork, as he smartly backpedalled away from a double-leg attempt moments later.

With Pucci’s world championship-caliber grappling effectively nullified, “The Honey Badger” went back to work with his hands, using his seasoned Muay Thai skills to batter the Evolve MMA representative with a multi-punch combination that, for a moment, looked as if it might bring an early finish.

However, Pucci gamely managed to survive and circle off the cage. But the reprieve was only a temporary one, as Urrutia, sensing the finish was near, piled on the pressure. He eventually dropped “Puccibull” with a powerful right-left combination to finish the bout at the 3:33 mark of round number one.

It was a performance that will have made the rest of the featherweight division sit up and take notice, as “The Honey Badger” looks to make a concerted run towards a world title shot against the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

If he can produce more performances like that, Urrutia could well become a serious threat for the belt in 2018.

Sam-A Gaiyanghadao Wins ONE’s First-Ever Muay Thai Bout Via TKO

Sam-A Gaiyanghadao lived up to his billing as one of the greatest Muay Thai competitors in the history of the sport with his performance on Friday, 26 January.

For the first time ever, a Muay Thai bout took place in the ONE Championship cage, with Gaiyanghadao putting on a masterclass to finish Italy’s Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri in the second round at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES.

The special attraction lured Gaiyanghadao to ONE for the very first time, and the crowd was firmly on his side from the moment he trotted out to the cage.

Lasiri was not going to go away without a battle, however, as he came out very aggressively while trying to find his way inside Gaiyanghadao’s defense. He paid for that game plan soon enough, courtesy of several hard counter shots from the multi-time Lumpinee World Champion.

The Singapore-based Thai was able to evade almost every one of Lasiri’s strikes before coming back with a series of blistering leg kicks that crackled throughout the Mall Of Asia Arena. Gaiyanghadao continued to punish the Italian’s body and legs with his devastating kicking game, before capping off the first round with a stiff right hand that knocked his opponent to the mat.

That final combination only made the confidence swell inside Gaiyanghadao, as the second round got underway. It was clear from the start he had no intentions of allowing Lasiri, a WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion, to see the third round.

While he is best known as a counter striker, the Thai was on the attack. He fired off head kick after head kick, and while he was not getting through the Italian’s defense, he was absolutely battering his opponent’s forearms and shoulders.

Finally, as the damage mounted, the Italian was knocked off his feet from a kick that rattled his entire upper body. Knowing that “The Hurricane” was stunned, Gaiyanghadao could smell the finish coming as he launched a pair of left hands that put Lasiri down on the canvas on two consecutive occasions.

The third knockdown of the round signified the end of the match, as the three-knockdown rule gave Gaiyanghadao the win at 2:30 of the second frame.

ONE Championship kicked off its second martial arts spectacle of the year in record-setting fashion.

On Friday, 26 January, the promotion presented ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, and four preliminary bouts got the show started at lightning speed.

ONE’s heroes did not waste any time, as each of the bouts ended with spectacular first-round finishes. Every match-up delivered with fast-paced action, knockouts, slams, and slick submissions.

Edward Kelly Knocks Out Meas Meul In Record Time

Filipino favorite Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly met Cambodia’s Meas Meul in a battle between two experienced, dangerous strikers, so there was always going to be fireworks. Not many predicted it would be over so quickly, however, as Kelly needed just 21 seconds to register a huge knockout victory with a pinpoint striking combination.

Kun khmer stylist Meul landed first with a low kick, signaling his intent in the bout. But the Team Lakay veteran’s retort came immediately, and with thunderous power. He threw a cross-hook combo to set up a right high kick, and as Meul moved into the shot, he took the full force of Kelly’s knee, which sent him crashing to the canvas. 

“The Ferocious” showed great sportsmanship to check on his opponent, and was emotional in his post-bout interview, stating, “I’m so happy — not for myself, but for my team.”

In victory, Kelly elevates his record to 10-4, and set the record for the fastest knockout and overall finish in ONE Championship’s featherweight division with the 21-second stoppage.

Torres Makes History With Record-Setting Slam KO

Catalan Fighting Systems’ Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres met Team Lakay’s April Osenio in an all-Filipina atomweight contest.

In just 40 seconds, Torres didn’t just shock the Mall Of Asia Arena, she made history, too.

It was another frantic start, with both athletes looking to threaten. Osenio looked to control the early going, and landed some good low kicks on her opponent. “The Zamboanginian Fighter,” however, worked her way in for a takedown, but immediately had to fend off a guillotine choke.

As she escaped, Osenio again went on the attack looking for an armbar, but Torres hoisted her into the air, and slammed her back down into the canvas with such impact that the Team Lakay fighter was knocked out instantly.

It was a sight to behold, as the Catalan Fighting Systems product displayed such strength and power. She also set the record for both the fastest finish and knockout in ONE’s women’s history, moving to an impressive 4-0 in the process.

Rajinder Singh Meena Makes India Proud With Submission Win

India’s Rajinder “Knockout” Singh Meena showed that perseverance pays off, as he snapped a six-bout skid and earned his first promotional victory on the global stage of ONE Championship.

Meena has taken on consistently tough opposition, such as Amir Khan and Shannon Wiratchai in 2017 alone, but this time he managed to hand China’s “The Ghost” Zhang Ze Hao his first defeat in the promotion. “Knockout” dropped him to the mat with punches, and then capitalized with a slick submission finish after just 41 seconds in round number one.

Both men were keen to engage from the beginning, testing the water with their punches. With the confidence of a young warrior, “The Ghost” charged forward to pressure Meena. But the Indian veteran remained calm and lived up to his moniker, as he dropped his foe with a series of hard hooks. The Indian took advantage of his dazed opponent by locking up a tight guillotine and applied pressure until his opponent went to sleep.

It was an emotional win for Meena, who scored the submission on India’s Republic Day. It was also the second-fastest submission in ONE lightweight history.

“It feels unbelievable,” he said in victory. “This is for India.”

Matheis Opens Prelims With Furious Victory

Adrian “Papua Badboy” Matheis engaged in a fast and furious battle with Eddey “The Clown” Kalai in the opening bout of the night. 

Though Kalai was able to land hard punches and gain some favorable positions, it was Matheis’ in-cage experience that would ultimately see him turn the tables, and finish with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Matheis opened up with heavy low kicks to try and slow down the experienced Malaysian boxer, but Kalai was able to land some hard straight punches that forced “Papua Badboy” to initiate a clinch. The positional exchanges went back and forth, with Kalai, a two-times SEA Games boxing bronze medalist, surprising the Indonesian with his quick reactions and scrambling. 

“The Clown” landed hard shots from the mount and looked to attack for chokes, but Matheis’ resilience saw him through every attack. “Papua Badboy” was finally able to secure another takedown after escaping to his feet, and from there, worked swiftly to back control before locking in a tight rear-naked choke inside the last minute to turn his fortunes around.

Matheis now finds himself on a two-bout win streak, and starts 2018 in winning fashion.

ONE Championship 68 Resutls:

  • Geje Eustaquio def. Kairat Akhmetov via unanimous decision – to claim interim flyweight title
  • Joshua Pacio def. Ming Qiang Lan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:01
  • Rafael Nunes def. Eric Kelly via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 1:31
  • Ma Hao Bin def. Sotir Kichukov via unanimous decision
  • Hayato Suzuki def. Yago Bryan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:03
  • Emilio Urrutia def. Bruno Pucci via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 3:33
  • Edward Kelly def. Meas Meu via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 0:21
  • Jomary Torres def. April Osenio via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 0:40
  • Rajinder Singh Meena def. Zehao Zhang via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 0:42
  • Eddey Kalai vs. Adrian Matheis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:15


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