The marquee title rematch for ONE: Pride of Lions took a disappointing halt when challenger Luis Santos failed to make the 185-pound weight limit. No longer defending the belt, Ben Askren is eternally pissed off at his “unprofessional” opponent and he even published a video about this.
Despite the poor outcome of this grudge match, the undercard lead by the hometown fighters showed up and thrilled the audience in a packed night inside Singapore Indoor Stadium.
A “superfight” that went to distance
A new main event was announced less than 24 hours before the event. The supposed strawweight title fight between Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Yago Bryan Farias de Morais was changed into a 5-round “superfight” after Yago Bryan also failed to make his 115-pound weight limit.
Although his title defense was out of the picture, Amnuaysirichoke kept a strong pace of punches and kicks for the entire fight. Yago Bryan came out storming with great boxing in the first round and opened up a cut and knocked down the champion. But as the rounds progressed, he gradually faded and slowed down. Amnuaysirichoke adds another win in his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory.
Another women’s MMA star is rising
Angela Lee started her professional MMA debut with a victory last May. She claimed another win in September and with less than 2 months of rest, fought in last night’s Pride of Lions. Her opponent coming to this fight is the debuting Natalie Gonzales Hills.
The visiting Hills landed clean shots at Lee and was able to take her down midway of the first round. However, the superior grappler in Lee reversed the position and worked a beautiful twister hold. Probably the first fighter to pull-off such maneuver inside the ONE cage, Lee clinched another submission victory and improved her record to 3 wins and no defeat.
The young guns of Evolve showed dominance
Amir Khan and Benedict Ang, the up-and-coming featherweight fighters from Evolve MMA, each took home TKO victories in their respective contests. The training partners looked sharp and relaxed inside the cage.
Singapore’s Khan displayed crisp striking against Jimmy Yabo, defeating the Filipino in the first round. Ang, meanwhile, put on a beating to his veteran opponent. He retired Yohan Legowo at the end of the second round forcing Legowo’s corner threw in the towel.
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