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Emphatic Return of Nieky Holzken

At ONE Championship’s recent event ONE: Big Bang 2 on December 11, we got to see the return of Dutch kickboxing legend, ‘The Natural’ Nieky Holzken.

It was the first time since October 2019 that we got to see Holzken in the ONE Championship arena. Nieky Holzken faced off against Australian Elliott Compton.

Nieky Holzken True to his Word

Both fighters had previously stated that this wouldn’t go the distance, with Compton predicting a 3rd round finish, and Holzken stated that a 1st round stoppage was coming. The Dutchman was true to his word, finishing Compton with just over one minute left of round one, Holzken flurries his opponent catching him with a pinpoint uppercut, before landing a devastating left hook liver shot dropping his opponent, who was unable to continue. Nieky Holzken secured a victory by stoppage in round 1.

In the post-fight octagon interview, Holzken stated that he had regained his motivation, and he found it by proving a point to the ‘Haters’ who were questioning his ability after so many years in the sport.

Were you impressed with the return of Nieky Holzken?

Main Image Credits to ONE championship PR

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