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ONE on Prime Video 11 Main Event Breakdown

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Last month, combat sports organization ONE Championship ventured onto American soil for the first time with ONE on Prime Video 10. Broomfield, CO served as the backdrop for the history-making night.

That evening, Demetrious Johnson (25-4-1 MMA, 5-1 ONE Championship) took an anticipated trilogy bout against Adriano Moraes (20-5 MMA, 11-5 ONE Championship) by unanimous decision after five rounds. Five weeks later, ONE returns to Amazon Prime Video on Friday night, though MMA will not be the focus of the headliner in Bangkok.

Live coverage begins at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT with the undercard on the ONE Championship YouTube and Facebook pages. Main card action follows at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT on Amazon Prime inside the United States and Canada only. 

Viewers outside North America can access ONE on Prime Video 11 as a pay-per-view on ONE’s official Website under the alternate title ONE Fight Night 11.

This time around, Muay-Thai takes center stage in the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event. Supremacy at lightweight is at stake on Friday night.

ONE Lightweight Muay-Thai Championship Up For Grabs in ONE on Prime 11 Video Main Event

Incumbent champion Regan Eersel (60-4 kickboxing, 12-0 ONE Championship), who also holds the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing Championship, will square off against challenger Dimitry Menshikov (27-2 kickboxing, ONE Championship promotional debut.) This title fight will have an advertised maximum length of five rounds at three minutes apiece.

As always, the three-knockdown rule will be in effect for the headliner. Should a fighter knock his opponent down three times in a round or four times in a match, he’ll be declared your winner by TKO.

ONE on Prime Video 11 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event on Friday night, Regian Eersel stands as the taller man at 6-foot-2, compared to the 5-foot-11 frame of Dmitry Menshikov. The former owns a 77-inch reach, with no such information accessible for the latter.

As of Tuesday evening, the oddsmakers have yet to release money lines for Friday’s card. If you plan on betting on this or any other fight happening over the weekend, please wager responsibly.

Regian Eersel Fighting for His Countrymen in ONE on Prime Video 11 Main Event

Regian Eersel heads into this main event having posted a 5-0 record in his last five contests. Dating back to May of 2016, he’s gone undefeated in his last 21 fights. Last time out, he knocked out Sinsamut Klinmee (86-17-3 kickboxing, 2-2 ONE Championship) to retain the title in March.

You don’t need to be a math major to figure out that the champion has been averaging three wins per year over the past seven years. While Eersel’s defense of the championship is important, his next appearance is bigger than just the fight.

In a recent interview, Eersel mentioned that he’ll be dedicating his efforts on Friday to his homeland of Suriname, especially the children.

“I went to Suriname for a week. I brought my belts with me,” Eersel began. “I met the President (Chan Santokhi) and also had a nice conversation with him. I went to some gyms to give clinics and also to work with the fighters and the youth. We got a lot of positive reactions, and they showed me love. It was good.”

Will he run his winning streak to 22 fights in succession? Watch the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event to find out.

Can Menshikov Win Title in Promotional Debut?

In the other corner, Dmitry Menshikov has also gone 5-0 in his last five matches. Across all competitions, he’s won 11 bouts in succession.

Last time out, he bested Mehran Mohammadnia by TKO due to the three-knockdown rule in the second round during Muaythai Factory on Feb. 2. As mentioned previously, the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event is his maiden voyage with the promotion.

Recently, Menshikov stated that he considers Eersel to be a garden-variety opponent on his record and isn’t sweating him one bit.

“In my career, I have met top and very strong fighters,” Menshikov said, “and I don’t think Eersel is any better or stronger than them. He is just a fighter like all the rest. I don’t see anything special about him.”

It goes without saying that the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event is his biggest career fight. Can he score the victory this weekend?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Being a Muay-Thai bout, this main event is going to be predicated on which of these two men is the more proficient striker.

Watch For Eersel’s Hooks

In looking at the videotape of Eersel’s 2019 bout vs. Anthony Njokuani, his right hooks are something to take note of. During round two of a scheduled three, Eersel stalked Njokuani and scored with right leg kicks.

From there, he peppered Njokuani with a variety of shots, including a right hook to send the latter down. The referee counted him out right after.

All it will take Regian Eersel to win the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event is one shot. If a single punch lands on the button, it’s a done deal.

Menshikov Can Throw the Right, Too

In the other corner, don’t discount Dimitry Menshikov’s ability to throw the right hand. He’s been known to unleash it from time to time, such as his 2017 fight vs. Constantin Rusu.

Late in the second round of the fight, Menshikov absorbed a high number of shots from Rusu, forcing him to cover up.  Despite this, Menshikov fought back, landing a kick to the body, followed by a straight right punch against the ring ropes.

Although the referee administered the standard eight-count, Rusu stayed down and out. Just like Eersel, Menshikov can end the ONE on Prime Video 11 main event with just a single blow.

Final Thoughts

There isn’t much left to say about Friday night’s main event that hasn’t been said already except this: Get your popcorn ready. If you leave the room to pop the corn while this fight’s on, you might miss everything.

Prediction: Regian Eersel by First-Round TKO.

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