Christian Lee captures ONE Welterweight World Championship

Christian Lee captures ONE Welterweight World Championship

November 19, 2022 – Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE) returned to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE on Prime Video 4: Abbasov vs. Lee. The event featured a series of exciting matchups, headlined by two action-packed World Title fights.

 

In the main event, ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee added the ONE Welterweight World Title to his trophy case by stopping Kiamrian Abbasov in round four behind an exhilarating come-from-behind performance.

 

Prior to the bout, Abbasov failed to pass weight and hydration, which caused him to lose the welterweight belt on the scale. Only Lee was eligible to win the World Title, and he did so with an impressive display of striking and grappling.

 

Abbasov started the first round with a huge offensive onslaught, hurting and rocking Lee with a barrage of strikes that had the 24-year-old reeling. After surviving, the Singaporean-American came roaring back in round two, swarming Abbasov with a flurry of combinations. Lee also snuck in a couple of solid takedowns to do some damage on the ground.

 

After a relatively nonchalant third round from both men, action picked up again in the fourth, as Lee unloaded a flurry of power shots. He then stung Abbasov with a series of right elbows as the Kyrgyz warrior tried to defend himself. With Abbasov on his back, Lee teed off with more ground-and-pound that forced referee Herb Dean to call a halt to the contest. In addition to the ONE Welterweight World Title, Lee also won a US$50,000 bonus.

 

In the co-main event, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon retained his belt with a one-sided beatdown of ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Joseph Lasiri. Lasiri started out very cautious, picking his shots while avoiding Rodtang’s power. After getting warmed up in the first, “The Iron Man” increased the pace in the second round, showcasing his vaunted speed and fierce combinations. Rodtang dropped Lasiri toward the end of round four, but the Moroccan-Italian fighter recovered. In round five, Rodtang turned up the pressure even more, as he sent Lasiri crashing to the canvas yet again. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favour of Rodtang to win by unanimous decision.

 

Team Lakay stalwart Stephen Loman turned in a spectacular performance against former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes, dominating the Brazilian legend across three rounds to notch a unanimous decision victory. The #5 contender showcased his strength throughout the contest, manhandling Fernandes at every juncture. “The Flash” tried his best to turn the fight into a grappling battle, but Loman showed impeccable takedown and submission defense. In the third round, Loman tallied points with a couple of emphatic slams, taking Fernandes to the ground and doing work from top position. It was an incredible performance from Loman, who won his 11th straight bout overall and emerged a serious World Title threat.

 

Brazilian veteran Cosmo Alexandre overcame a game opponent in the United Kingdom’s Juan Cervantes to score a thrilling knockout victory. Cervantes went on the attack to start the fight, pushing Alexandre back with an intense flurry in the first round. “Good Boy” appeared out of rhythm for much of the bout, but his infamous power eventually shone through. Alexandre connected with an elbow in the second stanza as Cervantes lunged forward, dropping the Englishman for the stoppage win. Afterward, the Brazilian legend earned a US$50,000 performance bonus and announced his retirement.

 

Kim Jae Woong took out former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon in the first round behind a blistering performance. The two aggressive fighters met at centre Circle in the opening moments, with Belingon choosing to put Kim on the defensive. However, “The Fighting God” dropped “The Silencer” with a left hook coming in and sent the Filipino fumbling onto the canvas. Kim followed up with ground-and-pound to seal the TKO victory in his first appearance since dropping down from featherweight.

 

Performance bonus winners: Christian Lee (US$50,000), Cosmo Alexandre (US$50,000), Danielle Kelly (US$50,000)

 

MAIN CARD

MMA – Catchweight (186.25 lbs): Christian Lee def. Kiamrian Abbasov via TKO at 4:20 of R4

Muay Thai – Flyweight: Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Joseph Lasiri via Unanimous Decision

MMA – Catchweight (153.25 lbs): Stephen Loman def. Bibiano Fernandes via Unanimous Decision

Muay Thai – Welterweight: Cosmo Alexandre def. Juan Cervantes via KO at 1:23 of R2

MMA – Bantamweight: Kim Jae Woong def. Kevin Belingon via TKO at 2:33 of R1

 

LEAD CARD

Muay Thai – Catchweight (148 lbs): Jonathan Haggerty def. Vladimir Kuzmin via Majority Decision

MMA – Welterweight: Ruslan Emilbek Lulu def. Isi Fitikefu via Split Decision

Submission Grappling – Atomweight: Danielle Kelly def. Mariia Molchanova via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:15

Muay Thai – Lightweight: Liam Nolan def. Eddie Abasolo via Unanimous Decision.

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