Jonathan Haggerty Claims Title via KO in ONE on Prime Video 9 Headliner
Jonathan Haggerty claimed the One Championship bantamweight muay thai world championship in the ONE on Prime Video 9 main event.
Haggerty needed less than a round to dismantle and knock out Nong-O Hama. The British striker would hurt Nong-O badly in the first round as a knockdown would put the former champion in danger. Haggerty took full advantage by rushing his foe, knocking him down again and then scoring a vicious knockout that left Nong-O slumped against the floor. The fight was waved off at 2:40 of the first round.
The co-main event saw Halil Amir and Maurice Abevi face off in a battle between two undefeated mixed martial artists. It was Amir (9-0) that got off to a quick and aggressive start as he knocked his opponent down several times and went for a guillotine choke. Abevi (6-1) survived the initial onslaught and started to find more success on the feet as the fight continued. However, Amir would get a takedown and finish the fight by taking the back and attack with a Suloev stretch. After three hard-fought rounds, the judges awarded a unanimous victory to Amir.
It wasn't pretty, but Bokang Masunyane took a clear decision over Koha Minowa in the card's second-to-last MMA fight. Masunyane (9-1) would find success early on by taking down Minowa (13-4), controlling the action and landing knees. Minowa would take low blows in the first and second rounds, which slowed the pace. Despite the fouls, Masunyane was always in control and escaped all of his opponent's submission attempts. After 15 minutes, the judges awarded Masuyane the victory via unanimous decision.
A pivotal muay thai bout saw Saemapetch Fairtex get upset by Felipe Lobo. Both men started cautiously, with each finding some success with leg kicks early on. As the three-round fight continued, Saemapetch would start landing damaging elbows and heavy punches. Lobo would get dropped in the second round but would survive the onslaught. In the third round, Lobo started to hurt Saemapetch with punches and refused to back up. The huge flurry was enough to take out Saemapetch and secure a massive comeback win for Lobo. The fight was stopped at 1:56 of the third round.
The second and final women's mixed martial arts fight of the night saw Denice Zamboanga get past another test in the form of Julie Mezabarba. Both women kept the fight standing. It was the speed advantage of Mezabarba (9-5-1) versus the power punching of Zamboanga (10-2) that saw both women have their moments. As the fight went on, Zamboanga would repeatedly land and clearly hurt Mezabarba. After 15 minutes, the judges gave the fight to Zamboanga for having the superior striking.
In a mixed martial arts middleweight contest, Isi Fitikefu showed off his grappling advantage over Valmir da Silva Barbosa. Fitikefu (8-1) would secure a takedown early on and control most of the first round by landing damaging ground and pound. This led to Barbosa (9-3) giving up his neck, which allowed Fitikefu to lock in a rear-naked choke for a one-sided victory. The tap came at 4:15 of the first frame.
In women's strawweight mixed martial arts action, China's Meng Bo took on Dayane de Souza Cardoso. Bo (21-6) immediately was able to damage the Brazilian by landing her right hand repeatedly. Cardoso (9-2-1) would try to drag the fight to the feet but couldn't get her opponent to the floor. In fact, it was Bo that would take control of the Brazilian on the floor as the fight progressed. The judges ultimately awarded a unanimous decision to the Chinese fighter.
The night's first muay thai contest saw Han Zi Hao take on Asa Ten Pow in a back-and-forth affair. It was the attack of Hao that set the pace early and he'd knock Ten Pow down in Round 2. However, Ten Pow didn't back down and picked up the pace of his attack. The third round would see Hao badly hurt by a series of punches, and the fight stopped by the referee. The stoppage came at 0:52 of Round 3.
The event began with an MMA fight between Jhanlo Mark Sangiao and Matias Farinelli, which was contested at a catchweight after Farinelli (5-1) missed weight. Sangiao (6-0) stayed undefeated by locking in a quick kneebar that forced the Argentinean fighter to tap. The fight was stopped at the 58-second mark of the first round.