New Champ-Champ: Christian Lee Stops Kiamrian Abbasov at ONE on Prime Video 4
ONE on Prime Video 4 was a consistently exciting evening of martial arts fury.
In the main event, One Championship welterweight kingpin Christian Lee (17-4, 17-4 ONE) attempted to become a champ-champ by challenging middleweight ace Kiamrian Abbasov (23-5, 4-3 ONE), which he did after nearly being slept in Round 1, only to score a thrilling technical knockout stoppage of his own late in Round 4.
Since Abbasov missed weight, only Lee could win the title, with it becoming vacant otherwise. The action in the opening frame was electric. Abbasov scored again and again with heavy left and right hooks to the head, with Lee grappling and looking for takedowns. Halfway through, Abbasov smashed Lee with a brutal hook, sending him crashing to the canvas and very close to being out. Lee got up, but Abbasov connected with one sledgehammer blow after another as the challenger appeared to be out on his feet. Referee Herb Dean allowed the fight to continue and his faith was rewarded, as Abbasov had punched himself out, struggling to breathe as Lee clinched for dear life. Lee got the desperation takedown and even moved to full mount as the first stanza closed.
In the next two rounds, both men were tired, but Lee was doing better, starting to score with his own striking and continuing to shoot for takedowns, though Abbasov still landed big hooks when he had enough stamina to throw them. Lee had major success in Round 4 by repeatedly bashing Abbasov's legs with a series of kicks and then adding a torrent of hammer-like elbows in the clinch for good measure. He then got an easy takedown over an overwhelmed Abbasov, quickly attained mount, and dismembered Abbasov with ground-and-pound to become a newly minted champ-champ at welterweight and middleweight.
In the co-main event, ONE muay thai flyweight champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon successfully defended his throne against a challenge by kickboxing strawweight king Joseph Lasiri via one-sided decision. Rodtang controlled the fight with his ferocious kicks, smashing again and again into every part of Lasiri's body, especially the legs, like two giant clubs. He added a series of technical, sharp boxing combinations, with the left hook doing fine work, and heavy right elbows for good measure. Lasiri worked a very nice jab, but could otherwise mount little offense as he was stuck moving backwards and covering up. Rodtang clearly won all five rounds and scored a knockdown in both championship frames.
Stephen Loman (17-2, 3-0 ONE) made a big statement with a dominant unanimous decision over former featherweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes (24-6, 12-3 ONE). The 42 year-old Brazilian had occasional moments in the stand-up and grappling, but Loman was far stronger and more energetic, landing more strikes and powering through takedowns of his own before unleashing brutal ground-and-pound at a heavy rate of fire.
Forty year-old kickboxer Cosmo Alexandre scored a sensational second-round knockout over Juan Cervantes with a thunderous elbow from the clinch and afterwards tearfully retired from combat sports. Alexandre spent the first round being economical with his blows, throwing few strikes but landing effectively when he did. While he might have lost the opening stanza due to inactivity, he crashed through with one last gorgeous finish in the second round, a fitting way to ride off into the sunset.
Kicking off the main card, former ONE featherweight champion Kevin Belingon (20-10, 11-10 ONE) looked to snap a four fight losing streak, but was instead knocked out in the first round by Jae Woong Kim (13-6, 4-3 ONE) courtesy of a clean right cross followed by a beautiful left hook. Belingon scored a big overhand right early, but was too reckless in seeking the finish, being splattered for his efforts halfway through the opening stanza.
On the undercard, former flyweight muay thai champion Jonathan Haggerty moved up to bantamweight but still missed weight and then had to contend with a very stern challenge from Vladimir Kuzmin. Haggerty looked visibly larger than his opponent, but lost the first stanza before recovering with a series of nice head kicks to take the second. The third was very close, with both men having multiple good moments. The judges gave the bout to the favorite, Haggerty, by majority decision. In the first MMA match of the evening, Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (20-3, 3-2 ONE), a rare fighter from Kyrgyzstan, won a split decision over previously undefeated Isi Fitikefu (7-1, 0-1 ONE). It was a very close contest, with Uulu scoring with his jab, body kicks and the odd takedown, while Fitikefu connected on damaging hook combinations in the pocket. Fitikefu's moments were bigger but also fewer. In a submission grappling contest, Danielle Kelley quickly took the back of Mariia Molchanova, sinking in a rear-naked choke that got progressively tighter and tighter, until Molchanova stood up, fell over, and tapped at 2:15. Opening the night's festivities, Liam Nolan battered the much shorter Eddie Abasolo with kicks, knees and elbows in a muay thai match on his way to a one-sided unanimous decision verdict.
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