Capitan Petchyindee Academy showed once again that there are levels to the fight game.
One Championship saw its first title change in 2021 as One: Unbreakable went down on Friday morning. The main event saw Alaverdi Ramazanov put his bantamweight kickboxing championship on the line against Capitan. Right out of the gate, Capitan relentlessly pursued his opponent with a flurry of kicks and punches. Ramazanov attempted his best to contain his opponent’s offense, but nothing seemed to slow down the ferocious challenger.
In the second stanza, Capitan chopped down his opponent with many low kicks, opening a window that he capitalized on. The Thai landed a powerful combination, putting Ramazanov down to the canvas. The Russian unable to answer the count, the referee called an end to the fight at the 1:56 mark of Round 2.
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In the co-main event, Shinya Aoki (46-9) handed James Nakashima (12-1) his first official defeat by submitting the American with a rear-naked choke. The fight started with Aoki landing a series of body kicks, to which Nakashima answered by pushing Aoki against the fence. Taking advantage of the close-quarters action, Aoki displayed his grappling wizardry to take his opponent’s back. Before long, the former One lightweight champ sank the submission and forced Nakashima to tap at 2:42 of the opening round, to earn his 46th victory of his career. A very emotional Aoki thanked the fans for their support in the post-fight interview.
Elsewhere, Rade Opacic crushed Bruno Sasano with a barrage of punches in their heavyweight kickboxing clash. The official stoppage came at 1:11 in the second round.
Earlier that night, Gadzhimurad Abdullaev (6-0) easily submitted former divisional champion Zebaztian Kadestam (12-6) in the first round with a vicious neck crank at 2:08 of their One welterweight battle; Meng Bo (15-5) recovered from a bad weight cut to outgrapple Samara Santos Cunha (11-8-1) as she won a unanimous decision in their catchweight contest; to open the card, Lito Adiwang (12-2) rendered Namiki Kawahara (7-4-2, 1 NC) unconscious with a short but lethal left hand put the former Deep champion down at 2:02 in the second round.
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