ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot was an evening of triumph for some and heartbreak for others. ONE Championship’s latest event produced a plethora of memorable performances across its 13-bout card, which went down this past Friday, 20 May, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Some of the promotion’s premier talent got their chances to shine on the global stage – and four victorious athletes left the Circle with an additional US$50,000.
ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has been rewarding the fighters who impress him most with performance bonuses over the last several events, and Friday night’s showcase was no different.
Teen grappling phenom Tye Ruotolo was the first to take home a bonus after dominating Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon in their submission grappling showdown. Ruotolo made his debut on the global stage at ONE 157, and he was given a tough first outing against the multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion.
However, the 19-year-old needed only 97 seconds to finish Tonon, taking the American star down before cinching in his trademark D’Arce choke to force the tap. It was the fastest submission grappling finish in ONE Championship history, and the stellar performance made it impossible for Sityodtong to not reward the Californian with a bonus.
Next to score some extra dollars was ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon. “The Iron Man” was competing in the quarterfinals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix, and though his golden strap wasn’t on the line, he was determined to book his place in the next round and get closer to the tournament’s silver belt.
That mindset was clear from the start, as Rodtang picked apart debuting British striker Jacob Smith over the course of three rounds, zapping his foe’s energy with slick footwork and using his elbows and fists to inflict maximum damage.
The fight went the distance, thanks in part to Smith’s noteworthy spirit, but the dominant unanimous decision win pushed the Thai into the semifinals and saw him rewarded with US$50,000 from Sityodtong.
Joseph Lasiri got the third bonus of the evening after his stellar showing in the co-main event. The Italian-Morrocan star may have entered his World Title challenge of ONE Strawweight World Champion Prajanchai PK.Saenchai as an underdog, but he exited as the divisional king.
“The Hurricane” took the action to Prajanchai from the opening bell and continuously pressured him for three rounds while landing a barrage of damaging punches.
Then, as fans waited for the fourth round to begin, the World Champion signaled that he couldn’t continue, so Lasiri was handed the TKO win and the World Title belt. The shocking result sent fans into a frenzy, while “The Hurricane” took home a well-deserved bonus to add to his gold.
The final winner of the night was ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee, who was awarded US$50,000 after retaining his belt against a game Jimmy Vienot in the main event.
The longtime divisional king had a rocky start to the bout, as he ate numerous head kicks from the ferocious Frenchman. But as the match continued, Vienot began to show fatigue, while Petchmorakot seemed to power up. The Thai also dropped his challenger with a bomb of a left hand in the fourth round, and it was clear the tide had turned.
Petchmorakot was ultimately awarded a split-decision win by the judges, and his third World Title defense was enough to secure the final performance bonus of the night.
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