ONE Championship had its biggest card to date this past Saturday.
On 26 March at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the organization showcased ONE X – its 10-year anniversary event – and the card was so colossal that it had to be divided into three parts. With over ten hours of action in the Circle, and surprises were sure to occur.
During ONE X: Part I, a strawweight battle between Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado and Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang ended in an abrupt TKO halfway through the second round. On further investigation, it was clear that the latter had suffered an injury that meant he was unable to continue.
Before that, the Filipino athletes had been trading leather in an exciting back and forth battle. Miado lifted his opponent and slammed him to the ground at one point, while Adiwang controlled much of the ring at other moments. Unfortunately, during one exchange, “Thunder Kid” stepped back from his advancing opponent, and his knee appeared to pop, which forced the bout to end then and there.
ONE X: Part II had even more fast-paced action, but Nong-O Gaiyanghadao’s knockout of Felipe “Demolition Man” Lobo in the third round had audience members gasping.
Lobo faced an athlete that had over 300 fights to his name and hadn’t lost a bout in seven years. Nong-O’s experience and superb striking were on display for much of their battle, as he bullied Lobo around the ring while delivering attacks that frustrated the challenger. But it was a precise uppercut in the final minute of round three that left Lobo reeling and unable to continue.
Finally, ONE X: Grand Finale delivered on its promise of being the incomparable climax of the evening.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson took on Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon in a special rules super-fight for the ages. The first and third rounds were under Muay Thai rules, while the second and fourth were MMA.
The first round was clearly won by Rodtang, as the striking-only environs seemed to trouble his MMA legend opponent. However, “Mighty Mouse” used the next frame to show why he is the GOAT of the all-encompassing sport.
He sank in a rear-naked choke, which Rodtang refused to tap to. Nevertheless, the referee was forced to intervene, and that handed Johnson the victory that many thought wouldn’t come.
Stay tuned for more upcoming action as ONE: RELOADED goes down on 22 April at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.