ONE: Collision Course featured a lot of top talent going head to head resulting in both sensational knockouts and competitive decisions. Judging this card was not easy as some fighters continue to rock the rankings in the tail end of 2020.
Here are the ONE: Collision Course Results
Xie Wei Brings Honor to ONE Hero Series
ONE Hero Series first contract winner legitimizes the China-exclusive recruitment program with a third-round knockout of a surging Chan Rothana. The two warriors exchanged blows in every round even when they were on the ground.
While Rothana seemed to get the better of the striking game in the second and early in the third. But Xie Wei seemed to be made of iron as he took all the punishment and dealt his own in return until the Cambodian got dropped with a devastating left hook.
After swarming in for an assault of ground and pound, the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Last Minute Change Baffles Wada
The change in opponent seemed to play a big role in this fight as Tatsumitsu Wada was preparing for the prominent grappler Dae Hwan Kim but got the heavy kicking Yodkaikaew Fairtex instead.
This was apparent as the Japanese fighter took the fight to the mat as early as he could and as often as he could. Unfortunately, the Thai did just enough not to get threatened with anything serious for the first two rounds and made the most of his time on the feet with hard strikes.
Yodkaikaew’s activity in the third seemed to sway the judges as his leg kicks left a noticeably large welt on Wada’s left thigh. Yodkaikaew got the win via Split Decision.
Worthen Denied By The Russian Gatekeeper
Yusup Saadulaev was a big step up in competition for Troy Worthen and the difference in experience showed in the fight. Mitch Chilson called the Russian’s strategy as an economy in energy and it paid off big in the later rounds.
The two fighters gave everything they had the entire fight with their striking and often got entangled in the clinch. Both were extremely busy in close range with the Russian consistently throwing knees, and the American piling on the body shots.
But Saadulaev’s activity in the third round sealed the deal for him as all three judges gave him the Unanimous Decision at the end of fifteen minutes.
Gafurov Edges Into the Top 5
The up and downtrend continue for the Former Featherweight Champion as he edges out #5 Lowen Tynanes in a close Split Decision. The Hawaiian’s game plan seemed to be to utilize his BJJ but to no avail, as he failed time and again to take the Russian down.
Both fighters were active on the feet with neither one getting a significant advantage. Then Gafurov got a massive break in the third round when he managed to take Tynanes down and put him on his back for almost a minute. It may not seem like much, but in a fight decided by the closest of margins, it’s a big step on the road back to gold.
Nong-O Pulls A KO Out of Nowhere
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao a fighter feared for the thunder in his kicks gave the division another one more thing to worry about when he knocked out Rodlek PK.SaenchaiMuayThaiGym with a left-right combination.
After starting in usual Thai fashion, Nong-O began working his punches in the second even as The Steel Locomotive backed him up to the cage with relentless pressure.
The pace noticeably kicked up in the third with the Champion pushing the action with even more punching combinations. But Rodlek refused to be bullied and pushed Nong-O back into a backward rhythm. However, this seemed to be just as Nong-O planned as he snuck in a left which connected and followed up with a right to drop the Challenger.
Rodlek couldn’t beat Oliver Coste’s count and the fight was waved off. With no obvious next challengers, Nong-O called out Giorgio Petrosyan in the post-fight interview.
Kryklia Dominates Stoica
It was an all-Kryklia show for the Main Event of ONE: Collision Course. The Champion used his superior reach to his advantage, striking Stoica from range with jabs and straights, only coming in close to hit with knees.
The gameplan was flawless as the Romanian couldn’t get any kind of rhythm throughout all the five rounds. It was a Kickboxing masterclass as Kryklia made the SUPERKOMBAT Champion look lost in the Circle.
Commentator Jason Chambers said that it’s hard to imagine anyone taking the belt from the Ukrainian, and it’s hard to disagree.
These are the ONE: Collision Course results. Let’s all meet again next week for the last card of 2020 Collision Course II.
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