ONE Championship’s most recent event, ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen, saw three worthy competitors each earn a coveted US$50,000 performance bonus from ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
On a card filled with nonstop action and incredible performances, these athletes made a real impact at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 June.
Striking phenom Tawanchai earned many things with his main event victory over Denmark’s Niclas Larsen. The Thai star secured a shot at ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee, the #1-ranked spot in the stacked division, and US$50,000 for his efforts.
Tawanchai landed heavy strikes on Larsen for much of the first round, despite the Dane’s best efforts to evade and land punches of his own. However, the promotional newcomer couldn’t keep up with his opponent's output, and Tawanchai took his chances just after the midway mark of the second round. The 23-year-old star stepped in with a devastating combination and finished the bout with a thudding left hook.
The Muay Thai dynamo will now begin preparing for his World Title bout with the longtime divisional king, with a date yet to be set for their showdown.
Another spectacular athlete that left the Circle with a collection of winnings was Fabricio Andrade. The Brazilian upstart landed a first-round knockout on Kwon Won Il just over a minute into their highly anticipated match.
After weeks of talking himself up, Andrade backed up everything he had said and more when he landed multiple shots on “Pretty Boy,” before finishing him with a body kick that sent the South Korean to the ground.
With the win, Andrade continues his push toward the top of the stacked bantamweight division. He proved that he is the man to beat, took Kwon’s #2-ranked contender position, and earned a nice bit of extra cash in the process.
Whether he has cemented a shot at ONE Bantamweight World Champion John Lineker remains to be seen, but a collision between the two Brazilians is inevitable at this stage.
Alex Silva was also awarded a bonus for his impressive display against Adrian Mattheis in their heated strawweight mixed martial arts rematch at ONE 158.
“Little Rock” stepped into the Circle determined to find redemption after an early referee stoppage saw him taking a loss to “Papua Badboy” back in March.
The Brazilian veteran went to work as soon as the opening bell rang, using his expansive grappling skills to pressure his opponent and prevent him from establishing a foothold in the match.
His efforts paid off when he fastened an inside heel hook halfway through the first round that forced Mattheis to tap. Silva earned the atonement he had eagerly been seeking – and a US$50,000 bonus to celebrate with.
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