ONE Championship looks to jump into the American mainstream tonight (Wednesday, April 7, 2021) with a three-fight main card on the TNT network, featuring some of the promotion’s most notable and entertaining fighters.
The main event sees former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight pivot Demetrious Johnson aim for ONE gold against defending champion Adriano Moraes, who lost only by split decision and who has avenged two of his three professional losses. In the co-feature, Rodtang Jitmuangnon tries to show new viewers why he called the “Muay Tank” at Danial Williams’ expense, while former Bellator and UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez locks the horns with Iuri Lapicus, formerly beaten, and its 100%. finish rate in the main card opener.
The underscore features Senegalese wrestling sensation Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane in a Frankenstein bout with kickboxer Patrick Schmid after both men lost their respective opponents in the last minute.
Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Danial Williams (Muay Thai) – Rodtang beats. Williams by unanimous decision
Demetrious Johnson v Adriano Moraes – Moraes beats. Johnson by KO (knee and punches) at 2:24 of the second round – LOOK AT THE HIGHLIGHTS!
Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus – Lapicus def. Alvarez by DQ (punches to the back of the head) in the first round – LOOK AT THE HIGHLIGHTS!
Tyler McGuire vs. Raimond Magomedaliev – Magomedaliev beats. McGuire by unanimous decision
Chingiz Allazov vs. Enriko Kehl (kickboxing) – Kehl beats. Allazov by split decision
Oumar Kane vs. Patrick Schmid – Kane beats. Schmid by TKO (punches) at 1:48 of the first round – LOOK AT THE HIGHLIGHTS!
Muay Thai wrestling: Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Danial Williams
Round one: Rodtang advances as they exchange kicks. Williams 3-2, eats a right cross and low return kick. Rodtang tries a kick in the head, lands a tip. Hard left hook by Rodtang, unbalanced by a counter-right. Williams 3-2. Halfway through. Counter hook. Rodtang continues to kick the body. Low-blow. Great exchange in the center, body to body. 1-2 from Williams. The body and the low blows come back to him. 10-9 Williams.
Round two: low shots from Rodtang to start. Push the kick. Left hook exchange, the two land hard in the middle. Low kick, shot to the body, Rodtang’s left hook. Another huge left hook Williams ground hard, but the Aussie manages to wake up and stand surprisingly quickly. Rodtang walking after him, elbows hard as he soaks up the front comeback. Southpaw suit, level elbow. Teep kick puts Williams on his corn. Rodtang responds to a straight cross with more elbows. Nasty cut around Williams’ left eye. Clinch. Williams tries an elbow that turns back, eats a right hand. Heavy exchange. 10-8 Rodtang.
Round three: Trading early. Williams’ jumping elbow and hammer. Left hook, heavy counters. He’s going there. Rodtang enters the clinch with an elbow. Williams low kick to respond to a kick. Another body kick from Rodtang. Williams’ hard counter-vortex, eats a pair of rights in return. Halfway through. They stop to check for damage to Williams’ face. They let him continue. Right hand and hard elbow by Rodtang. Williams ahead of him this lap. Closer exchanges. Williams to the body. Rodtang digs a hard body blow. Williams blows him up with right hands, more elbows come back to him. Counter right lands for Williams. Clinch. Superman punch before the bell. 10-9 Williams.
Final result: Rodtang beats. Williams by unanimous decision
ONE FC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs. Adriano Moraes
Round one: Moraes low kick at the start. One minute later. Johnson advances, Moraes turns. Johnson tries a left hook, takes another low kick. Wetsuit, knees inside, taken to the fence two minutes. They are separating. Combo falls short, eats a leg kick. Moraes catches a kick and rolls for a leglock. 50/50 two minutes from the end.
Johnson tries to free his leg, finds himself at the bottom on guard. Half guard now for Moraes. The short elbow lands. Johnson retakes guard with one minute remaining. Short straight hands. Moraes returns to the half-guard, landing sporadic punches. Guard again. Moraes ahead so far.
Round two: they exchange kicks to start. Johnson advances with a combination, blocks a header. Moraes remains mobile. One minute. Johnson’s low blow. He tries a 1-1-2. Unable to cut Moraes so far, gets a leg kick. Moraes with a short uppercut and he dodges a shot. Two minutes. Well-timed counter-knee attempt by Moraes, then an uppercut that puts Johnson on his back as “Mighty Mouse” tries to shoot. Johnson tries to sit up, only to be leveled by one knee and pounded.
Final result: Moraes defeats. Johnson by KO (knee and punches)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus
Round one: Alvarez slowly moves forward to start. Both send low blows. Alvarez pulls, puts him in his seat against the fence. Short right hands; one of them strayed behind the ear and Lapicus fell into apparent agony, prompting the referee to pause for back-of-the-head shots. Lapicus lying down acting like he’s dying. Despite the fact that Lapicus has apparently turned his head, Alvarez is disqualified.
Final result: Lapicus def. Alvarez by DQ (punches to the back of the head)
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