ON Jan 10, in Bangkok, Thailand, ONE: A NEW TOMORROW set 2020 off in exciting fashion.
Twenty-four athletes from all over the world displayed tremendous skill as they battled through highlight-reel finishes and hard-earned wins.
It was hard to pick the top three performances from a memorable night at the Impact Arena, but here they are.
#1 Stamp Fairtex’s Growing Ground Game
Stamp Fairtex once again proved to the world she is ready to achieve greatness in the mixed martial arts realm with a dominant victory over India’s Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar.
The two-sport ONE World Champion outclassed her opponent from the opening bell on both the feet and the floor en route to a near-perfect fourth mixed martial arts win.
After gaining top position on the canvas, the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion unleashed a barrage of strikes that hurt Tomar, forcing the referee to put an end to the contest at 4:26 of the opening round.
#2 Rodtang Jitmuangnon’s Iron Will
Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon’s successful ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title defense against former belt holder Jonathan “The General” Haggerty displayed the warrior’s ability to perform when it matters most.
After a tightly-contested battle in August of last year, the Thai striker ensured this contest would not reach the judges’ scorecards. He dismantled his opponent section by section, beginning with Haggerty’s liver in the opening round.
In the second stanza, he continued unleashing strikes that limited Haggerty’s ring control. But the winning moment came at 2:39 of round three when Rodtang connected with a hard left after a series of knockdowns.
The TKO victory pushed his ONE Super Series record to 7-0, and by the looks of it, 2020 could be a year where he bolsters that already impressive record.
#3 Thanh Le’s Rapid Rise
Vietnamese-American Thanh Le proved he is a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division with a first-round knockout against Ryogo “Kaitai” Takahashi in Bangkok.
Though the battle seemed to have been an even contest at the start, Le directed the pace of the featherweight duel in no time when he dropped his foe with a right hand.
Takahashi managed to get back to his feet, but not for long as the 50/50 and MidCity MMA athlete sent him to the ground again with a straight left on the chin at 2:51 of the first round, this time for good.
Will he come knocking at Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen’s door this year? Download the ONE Super App to find out.
And if you enjoyed what you saw in Bangkok, be sure to tune in to ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: Fire & Fury in Manila, Philippines on Jan 31.