If you missed the ONE: Fire and Fury card, don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are the seven main takeaways from the card.
1 – A False Start to the Evening
During our first fight of the night, the embers barely managed to ignite, never mind catch fire.
The opening bout was being contested by two fighters on losing streaks, Jomary Torres (4-4) was on a four-fight losing streak, whereas Jenny Huang (5-5) went into the fight on a five-fight losing streak. In a match where both were desperate to get back to winning ways, neither managed to, as the fight was called a no contest during the first round after Torres was incapacitated by two low blows.
2 – Hogstad Derails Juniku
Hogstad was handed a huge opportunity in her ONE Championship debut against the returning teenage Muay Thai sensation Alma Juniku, who was returning after her controversial loss to Stamp Fairtex.
Juniku showed that she had a speed advantage and a higher output during the first round, although when Hogstad landed a nice three-piece combo in the second, Juniku was yellow carded. Juniku made the mistake of advancing whilst holding the leg one time too many.
During the third round, Juniku proved that her conditioning was not a class above and as she slowed, Hogstad took control and a majority decision win when the final bell rang.
3 – 20-Month Layoff Proves Too Much for Delfino
Three-time Deep champion, Wada effectively utilised his pressure, grappling, and ground-and-pound to dominate all three rounds against Delfino. The previously undefeated former Jungle fight champion was not given a chance to show us anything on his return to the cage.
Just how much of an effect the lengthy layoff had on Delfino we can’t know, but what we can tell is that Wada looked very good.
4 – Sato Confirms His Status as a Real Contender
The veteran, Shoko Sato, made it six straight finishes after following through on his pre-fight prediction about finishing ‘pretty boy’.
‘Pretty boy’ II has now lost two fights as a result of being easily out grappled. This could continue to prove to be a real problem for the explosive knockout artist in the future.
5 – Momotaro’s Smart Gameplan Comes Up Agonizingly Short
Momotaro showed a very high fight IQ in his fight against Petchdam to halt his rhythm for the first two rounds. Petchdam then found his rhythm in the third and landed some vicious body kicks.
Momotaro took the first round and Petchdam took the third, although the fight was decided as a majority decision victory for Petchdam, thanks to his activity in the second.
6 – Buist Announces His Arrival in Style
Pieter Buist announced his arrival at ONE in style last year, defeating Shimoishi in the second round.
He has now cemented himself as a title contender, after taking a fight on short notice and out-striking former champion Eduard Folayang, wobbling the Philippine in both the first and the third round, with head kicks.
The damage caused by Buist outweighed Folayang’s grappling control in the eyes of the judges, earning the Buist a split decision victory, extending his winning streak to seven.
7 – The Strawweight Belt Will Stay at Team Lakay After ONE: Fire and Fury
Team Lakay ended the night with an impressive 4-1 record at ONE: Fire and Fury. The team will be ecstatic with that result certainly, seeing as they retained the one title still owned by the gym.
By no means was this an easy defense for Pacio, who was pushed to his limits by Silva. As was shown by the split decision, but a win is a win and the strawweight title will remain around Pacio’s waist.
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