Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned Friday with ONE: UNBREAKABLE III. The explosive card featured six compelling mixed martial arts contests, the majority of which ended in spectacular finishes.
In the main event, submission specialist Alyona Rassohyna of Ukraine overcame an impressive all-around performance from #5-ranked atomweight mixed martial arts contender Stamp Fairtex of Thailand to win by submission in the final moments of the third round.
Stamp showcased her striking superiority early, attacking Rassohyna with damaging elbows from close range and tagging her with swift punching combinations.
The Ukrainian fighter tried her best to close the gap and drag Stamp to the canvas, where she threatened with her signature armbar, but the former two-sport ONE World Champion exhibited impeccable submission defense, thwarting multiple attempts from Rassohyna.
In the third frame, a late scramble allowed Rassohyna to catch Stamp with a guillotine choke, forcing the tap with only seconds remaining. It is the first defeat on Stamp’s professional mixed martial arts record.
In the co-main event, rising Brazilian star Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade put on a striking masterclass, outlasting #2-ranked bantamweight Shoko Sato across three close rounds of intense action to win by unanimous decision. The Japanese athlete shot for takedowns from range, aiming to bring matters to the ground. Andrade, however, utilized his superior striking skills to keep Sato at bay and neutralize his wrestling. A sharp elbow from Andrade opened up a cut on Sato’s forehead in the final round, scoring heavily for the Brazilian in the damage category. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Andrade.
ONE Warrior Series product Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada clinched his second straight win, submitting Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan in the first round. The Evolve MMA star used his opponent’s aggression to set up grappling exchanges on the mat, where he enjoyed a significant edge. Catalan tried his best to escape a series of sticky situations, but Sawada stuck firmly to his game plan. Near the end of the opening round, “Dragon Boy” worked his way to Catalan’s back and applied the fight-ending rear-naked choke.
An intense battle ensued as “Mighty Warrior” Kang Ji Won met Mehdi Barghi in a heavyweight clash. Barghi stormed out at the opening bell, looking to use his freestyle wrestling pedigree to take his South Korean opponent down. The Iranian found success early on, as he gained full mount and unleashed ground-and-pound. Kang, however, bridged out to reverse positions on the mat. Once on top, he took advantage of an exhausted Barghi, raining down strikes from a dominant position until the referee stopped the contest.
Lightweight talent Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba of Pakistan made a triumphant return to action, finishing Indian star Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju with a quick one-punch knockout in the first round. The veteran Raju tried to use experience to his advantage, searching for openings from range. But Mujtaba was intent on throwing power shots with maximum force until one finally connected, which didn’t take long. A destructive overhand right exploded on Raju’s chin, completing the knockout win for the Pakistani warrior.
Kicking off the action at ONE: UNBREAKABLE III was a spirited encounter between Tial “The Dragon Leg” Thang and Paul “The Great King” Lumihi. The two bantamweights exchanged heavy combinations at the center of the Circle for the majority of the first round. Lumihi opted for a wider stance, attacking with fast kicks from the outside while Tial Thang looked to close the distance. In the second round, Tial Thang successfully brought the action to the ground, where he unloaded a series of fists to capture the TKO victory.
Official Results for ONE: UNBREAKABLE III
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Alyona Rassohyna defeats Stamp Fairtex via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:53 of Round Three
Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight: Fabricio Andrade defeats Shoko Sato via Unanimous Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight: Ryuto Sawada defeats Robin Catalan via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) at 4:19 of Round One
Mixed Martial Arts – Heavyweight: Kang Ji Won defeats Mehdi Barghi via TKO at 4:50 of Round One
Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight: Ahmed Mujtaba defeats Rahul Raju via Knockout at 0:56 of Round One
Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight: Tial Thang defeats Paul Lumihi via TKO at 2:25 of Round Two