ONE Championship looks to leap into the American mainstream tonight (Weds., April 7, 2021) with a three-fight main card on TNT network, featuring some of the promotion’s most notable and entertaining fighters.
The main event sees former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight kingpin, Demetrious Johnson, shoot for ONE gold against reigning champion, Adriano Moraes, who’s only ever lost by split decision and who has avenged two of his three professional defeats. In the co-feature, Rodtang Jitmuangnon attempts to show new viewers why he’s called the “Muay Tank” at Danial Williams’ expense, while former Bellator and UFC Lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, locks horns with once-beaten Iuri Lapicus and his 100 percent finish rate in the main card opener.
The undercard notably features Senegalese wrestling sensation Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane in a Frankenstein’d fight with kickboxer Patrick Schmid after both men lost their respective opponents at the last minute.
ONE on TNT Quick Results:
Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Danial Williams (Muay Thai) — Rodtang def. Williams by unanimous decision
Demetrious Johnson vs. Adriano Moraes — Moraes def. Johnson by KO (knee and punches) at 2:24 of Round Two — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus — Lapicus def. Alvarez by DQ (punches to the back of the head) in Round One — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
Tyler McGuire vs. Raimond Magomedaliev — Magomedaliev def. McGuire by unanimous decision
Chingiz Allazov vs. Enriko Kehl (kickboxing) — Kehl def. Allazov by split decision
Oumar Kane vs. Patrick Schmid — Kane def. Schmid by TKO (punches) at 1:48 of Round One — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
ONE on TNT Round-by-Round Updates:
Catchweight Muay Thai: Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Danial Williams
Round one: Rodtang advancing as they trade kicks. 3-2 from Williams, eats a right cross and low kick in return. Rodtang tries a head kick, lands a teep. Hard left hook by Rodtang, knocked off-balance by a counter right. 3-2 from Williams. Halfway through. Counter hook. Rodtang continuing to send out push kicks to the body. Low kick. Big exchange in the center, clinch. 1-2 from Williams. Body and low kicks come back at him. 10-9 Williams.
Round two: Low kicks from Rodtang to start. Push kick. Left hook exchange, both land hard in the center. Low kick, body shot, left hook from Rodtang. Another huge left hook floors Williams hard, but the Aussie manages to wake up and stand surprisingly quickly. Rodtang marching after him, hard elbows as he absorbs return fore. Southpaw combination, level elbow. Teep kick puts Williams on his but. Rodtang answers a right cross with more elbows. Nasty cut around Williams’ left eye. Clinch. Williams tries a spinning back elbow, eats a right hand. Heavy exchange. 10-8 Rodtang.
Round three: Trading early. Jumping elbow and hammerfist from Williams. Left hook, heavy counters. He’s going for it. Rodtang marches into the clinch with an elbow. Williams low kick to answer a body kick. Another Rodtang body kick. Hard counter flurry by Williams, eats a pair of rights in return. Halfway through. They pause to check out the damage to Williams’ face. They let it keep going. Hard right hand and elbow by Rodtang. Williams outlanding him this round. More close-range exchanges. Williams to the body. Rodtang digs a hard body shot. Williams blasts him with some right hands, more elbows come back at him. Counter right lands for Williams. Clinch. Superman punch before the bell. 10-9 Williams.
Final result: Rodtang def. Williams via unanimous decision
ONE FC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs. Adriano Moraes
Round one: Low kick from Moraes in the early going. One minute in. Johnson advancing, Moraes circling. Johnson tries a left hook, takes another low kick. Combination, knees inside, taken to the fence two minutes in. They separate. Combo falls short, eats a leg kick. Moraes catches a body kick and rolls for a leglock. 50/50 with two minutes to go.
Johnson tries to pull his leg free, ends up on the bottom in guard. Half guard now for Moraes. Short elbow lands. Johnson regains guard with a minute to go. Short right hands. Moraes moves back to half guard, landing sporadic shots. Guard again. Moraes ahead so far.
Round two: They trade leg kicks to start. Johnson pushes forward with a combination, blocks a head kick. Moraes staying mobile. One minute in. Low kick from Johnson. He tries a 1-1-2. Unable to cut Moraes off so far, lands a leg kick. Moraes with a short uppercut and he sidesteps a shot. Two minutes in. Well-timed counter knee attempt by Moraes, then an uppercut that puts Johnson on his back as “Mighty Mouse” tries to shoot in. Johnson tries to sit up, only to get leveled by a knee and pounded out.
Final result: Moraes def. Johnson by KO (knee and punches)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus
Round one: Alvarez slowly advancing to start. Both send out low kicks. Alvarez shoots, puts him on his seat against the fence. Short right hands; one of them strays behind the ear and Lapicus falls in apparent agony, prompting the ref to pause things for shots to the back of the head. Lapicus lying down acting like he’s dying. Despite the fact that Lapicus seemingly turned his head, Alvarez gets disqualified.
Final result: Lapicus def. Alvarez by DQ (punches to the back of the head)
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