ONE Championship (ONE), returned to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES II, a previously-recorded, audience-free, and behind closed doors event broadcast globally on Friday, 16 October. Once again, the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent showcased their incredible skills inside the ONE Circle.
In the main event of the evening, former WFKO Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto of Japan continued his climb up the divisional ladder, shocking third-ranked bantamweight contender “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong of China to earn a victory on the judges’ scorecards in a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest.
Both men came out of the gates firing, blasting each other with dynamite strikes at the center of the ONE Circle. Although Zhang boxed beautifully behind smashing punch combinations, it was Akimoto who utilized his kicking arsenal to keep his Chinese foe at bay. After three back-and-forth rounds of action, Akimoto proved to be the faster man all throughout the contest, impressing the judges just enough to bag the razor-close split decision victory.
Multiple-time former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and legend Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai of Thailand returned to the striking arena, battling China’s Zhang “Bamboo Sword” Chunyu in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. Sagetdao looked like he hadn’t skipped a beat as he punished Zhang with pinpoint boxing combinations and slicing elbows on the inside.
Throughout the bout, Sagetdao was the faster and more accurate of the two, as he jumped out to an early lead on the scorecards and never looked back. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Sagetdao, who took home a unanimous decision victory for his efforts.
In a featherweight mixed martial arts contest, Chinese spitfire Tang Kai spoiled the highly-anticipated return of Malaysia’s Keanu Subba, outclassing the former MIMMA Featherweight Champion across three full rounds.
Tang’s aggressiveness proved to be problematic for Subba in the early going, as the Malaysian was constantly pushed up against the Circle wall. Tang connected on a plethora of power shots in the second round, stunning his opponent as Subba began to look worse for wear. In the third, Tang stamped his dominance, teeing off on Subba who went on the defensive for the majority of the round. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Tang to win by unanimous decision. Below are the complete results from the event.
Official results for ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES II
Kickboxing - Bantamweight: Hiroki Akimoto defeats Zhang Chenglong by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Muay Thai - Featherweight: Sagetdao Petpayathai defeats Zhang Chunyu by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Mixed Martial Arts - Featherweight: Tang Kai defeats Keanu Subba by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Muay Thai - Flyweight: Wang Wenfeng defeats Azwan Che Wil by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Mixed Martial Arts - Strawweight: Ryuto Sawada defeats Miao Li Tao by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Muay Thai - Bantamweight: Han Zi Hao defeats Mohammed Bin Mahmoud by Knockout (KO) at 0:49 of round 3