These are three of the very best ONE Championship fights thus far this 12 months.
So what makes a struggle nice? That’s the query you must ask your self as a result of everybody’s standards are totally different. Is it a squash match that makes a brand new mega-star? Maybe, and ONE Championship definitely has a struggle like that. Perhaps it’s a struggle the place a legend suffers a significant defeat? That exists on this 12 months’s listing of ONE Championship’s greatest fights.
Then in fact, who doesn’t love a comeback win over an undefeated phenom, with the added sprint of controversy?
These are the three fights which might be on this listing, and there may’ve been much more. The fights in ONE Championship all the time convey some form of pleasure to the proceedings, no totally different than the UFC or Bellator.
We’re three of the very best fights thus far for 2021, and so they’re listed in chronological order. With that, let’s hop in.
Alyona Rassohyna vs. Stamp Fairtex – Unbreakable 3 (Jan. 22)
This was the upset of upsets for the 12 months in MMA thus far. Stamp Fairtex walked into the struggle with Alyona Rassohyna as a favourite and was among the best fighters on the roster in a number of sports activities, having been the atomweight champion in each of ONE Championships kickboxing and Muay Thai divisions.
Rassohyna was coming off an 18-month layoff whereas making Fairtex simply her third struggle in seven years. To say that Fairtex, who was 5-0 since making her transition to MMA on the time, was a heavy favourite wouldn’t be an insult.
The struggle went practically all three rounds, however within the last seven seconds of the encounter, Rassohyna was in a position to lock in a guillotine and tweak Fairtex simply sufficient to get the faucet. Although Fairtex disputes this. Contemplating that Fairtex was clearly up heading into the ultimate 20 seconds of the struggle, this was as huge of a come-from-behind win as they get. Rassohyna was an upset win that evening.
Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson – ONE on TNT 1 (April 7)
Since 2014, Adriano Moraes has been ONE Championship‘s king of the flyweight division. He’s gained the championship thrice and defended it efficiently one other three. He’s additionally acquired an interim championship win within the division as properly. He’s the very best the promotion has ever had on the weight. Then got here Demetrious Johnson.
Since leaving the UFC in an unprecedented commerce that noticed the UFC ship over Johnson for Ben Askren, Johnson has been very profitable. He was 3-0 and the winner of the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix, all set for his shot at Moares and the ONE Championship flyweight championship.
The struggle was going properly for Johnson, who was both at greatest profitable the struggle heading into the ultimate flurry of occasions or was on the very least not far behind Moraes. Johnson had been working Moraes properly, however a fast trade of strikes between the 2 noticed Johnson attempt to shut the hole.
In doing so, Johnson opened himself as much as a brief left uppercut that wobbled the previous UFC Champion and Johnson discovered himself falling away from Moraes and proper into the cage. This was Moraes landed a game-changing knee to the pinnacle of the downed Johnson, permitting a barrage of strikes that ended the struggle.
Since a knee to the grounded opponent is authorized in ONE Championship, the struggle ended proper then and there, no controversy wanted. It’s a rule that has drawn some ire within the MMA-blog-o-sphere however even Johnson himself likest the rule set in ONE Championship.
Johnson misplaced for simply the third time in his profession, and the primary time by knockout, making this probably the most essential and thrilling fights from ONE Championship all 12 months.
Reinier de Ridder vs. Aung La Nsang – ONE on TNT 4 (April 28)
Some individuals could have a special opinion on what a “greatest struggle” would appear like. Normally, they consider slugfests like Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler in Bellator, or Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg in a UFC passed by. They don’t normally consider a five-round, domination by one man however that’s precisely what you’d name the struggle between Reinier de Ridder and Aung La Nsang at ONE on TNT 4.
The struggle had some backstory, with de Ridder taking Nsang’s ONE Championship middleweight title in October of 2020. The still-reigning gentle heavyweight champion of ONE Championship Nsang was presupposed to face off with Vitaly Bigdash for the title however Bigdash pulled out. That meant de Ridder acquired the decision to have a rematch with Nsang, however for a special weight class’s title.
de Ridder didn’t let Nsang do a lot of something all struggle, stunning contemplating Nsang was seen as the highest star within the promotion. Now de Ridder was just like the boogeyman, following Nsang from weight class to weight class. Absolutely the one-sided struggle confirmed the world that de Ridder deserved to be within the dialog for the very best middleweight and lightweight heavyweight on this planet.
Proper alongside names like Israel Adesanya, Vadim Nemkov, Jan Blachowicz, and Gegard Mousasi.
de Ridder took the title, after which in a most spectacular post-fight callout, made it’s identified to then-heavyweight champion Brandon Vera that he was subsequent. Now that Vera’s misplaced the crown, nevertheless, it looks as if de Ridder will attempt to wrestle the heavyweight title away from the present champ, Arjan Bhullar.