Atomweight women make a splash at ONE: Age of Dragons in Beijing

Meng Bo wins at ONE Age of Dragons

Two atomweights made their promotional debuts at ONE: Age of Dragons in Beijing on Saturday. Meng Bo and Ritu Phogat come from very different backgrounds, but both made big impressions at the Cadillac Arena.

Bo’s main claim to fame is having beaten reining UFC bantamweight champion Weili Zhang. The Chinese atomweight was matched with Argentina’s Laura Balin in Beijing and needed less than three minutes to score a highlight reel knockout.

The Chinese fighter landed a right hook midway through the opening round that folded the former atomweight title challenger. Balin was immediately separated from her senses and the flurry of follow up punches felt somewhat superfluous.

The referee quickly stepped in to save the Argentinian from sustaining additional punishment. With the win Bo improves to 14-5, while Balin drops to 11-6 and the Chinese fighter can consider herself to be among the contenders in ONE Championship’s increasingly competitive atomweight division.

Meanwhile, Ritu Phogat announced herself to the MMA world with an impressive showing in her debut. The Indian’s career is guaranteed to come under close scrutiny because she was a wrestling star in her homeland and a blockbuster Bollywood movie was made about her and her sisters.

She used her wrestling to dominate fellow debutant Nam Hee Kim. After taking down the Korean midway through the opening round, Phogat landed in side control and rained down hammerfists on the defenseless Korean until the referee had no option but to call off the action.

Phogat moves up to 1-0 and there are no shortage of potential opponents in the atomweight division. The likes of Ayaka Miura, Mei Yamaguchi and Itsuki Hirata are all in line for a shot at reigning champion Angela Lee and Bo can also consider herself to be in the mix after Saturday’s win.


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ONE: Age of Dragons official results

  • ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Ilias Ennahachi defeats Wang Wenfeng by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
  • ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Roman Kryklia defeats Tarik Khbabez by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 0:43 minutes of round 2
  • Muay Thai Catchweight (73.0kg): Jamal Yusupov defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Knockout (KO) at 0:39 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Meng Bo defeats Laura Balin by Knockout (KO) at 2:18 minutes of round 1
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Ritu Phogat defeats Nam Hee Kim by TKO (Strikes) at 3:37 minutes of round 1
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Jeremy Miado defeats Miao Li Tao by Knockout (KO) at 3:01 minutes of round 1
  • Kickboxing Featherweight: Christina Breuer defeats Jorina Baars by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight: Tang Kai defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev defeats Daichi Takenaka by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • Kickboxing Catchweight (73.0kg): Enriko Kehl defeats Armen Petrosyan by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:55 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight:Hexigetu defeats Ramon Gonzales by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Bellator 234 results & highlights: Linton Vassell dominates Sergei Kharitonov

Bellator 234 fight highlights

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Sergei Kharitonov’s hopes to climb into a heavyweight title shot took a major hit on Friday as Linton Vassell knocked him out in the second round at Bellator 234 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

See the Bellator 234 highlights as Vassell defeated Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov by TKO and Sidney Outlaw defeated UFC veteran Roger Huerta.


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UFC Sao Paulo Post-fight Press Conference video

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Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 22 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the big winners and marquee names fielded questions from the media inside Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil played host to UFC on ESPN+ 22 on Saturday with light heavyweight contender Jan Błachowicz taking on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event at Ginásio do Ibirapuera. Blachowicz entered the bout ranked No. 6 in the 205-pound division and was coming off a knockout win over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in his last outing. Souza moved up to the light heavyweight division for the fight looking to establish himself as a contender in the new weight class. In pre-fight interviews, Souza said that he was going to back his jiu-jitsu and grappling roots and it showed in his game plan. Seconds into the fight, Souza changed levels and looked to get the fight to the ground. Blachowicz defended the takedown attempt but Souza briefly controlled him along the fence in the clinch. Through the first three rounds, Souza would inch forward and close the distance enough to tie Blachowicz up. The Brazilian effectively nullified Blachowicz’ striking but was unable to get the Polish native to the ground. Following the third frame, Souza’s corner told him that he won the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Blachowicz pressed forward and took the fight to Souza. Souza looked to be either fatigued or cruising in the final two frames while Blachowicz landed his jab and put together combinations. In the final seconds, both fighters raised their arms declaring themselves the winner. RELATED > UFC on ESPN+ 22 Live Results: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré (Results & Fight Stats) The outcome was in the judges’ hands and they scored the fight for Blachowicz by split decision. The Brazilian crowd didn’t agree and neither did Souza. “Every time it’s a tough fight, a close fight, they never give me the decision. They never give me a win. Twenty days ago I had a really bad cough. Ten days ago I almost had to pull out of the fight, but I had to fight here at home. I had to fight in Brazil, so I came,” said Souza following the loss. With the win, Blachowicz solidified his ranking the division and is eyeing a potential title fight in his next outing. “I think I won the fight, so that’s good for me but I didn’t feel this fight today. I don’t feel the fight. I felt good cardio. I feel good, but Jacare was a good fight for me. I could not catch him. Anyway, I won the fight so that’s good,” he said following the win. The 36-year old expects to continue to fight for a few more years, but knows his time in the sport has an expiration date. With that in mind, Blachowicz called for a fight against champion Jon Jones. “I want someone from the top. Maybe title shot. Why not? I’m ready,” he said. “Jon, let’s do this. Give me the fight. Give me the title shot because I don’t have time, maybe three more years and then I’m going to retire. So, now or never.”

UFC on ESPN+ 22 fighter bonuses awarded to finishers

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 22 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the fight promotion revealed the recipients of the performance-based bonuses stemming from the night of fights. Charles Oliveira, James Krause, Ricardo Ramos and Randy Brown banked an extra $50,000 for their finishes. Oliveira delivered a stunning first-round knockout in front of his Brazilian countrymen to earn his Performance of the Night bonus. Oliveira faced Jared Gordon in lightweight action and made quick work of the American. Oliveira hurt Gordon with a right hand as Gordon moved in with punches. He followed up with an uppercut that put Gordon down and out. Krause punched his ticket to a bonus by stopping Sergio Moraes late in their welterweight matchup. In the final minute of the fight, Krause landed a right hand that crumbled Moraes. Two hammer fists later, the referee stepped in to stop the fight. Ramos was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round submission win over Luiz Eduardo Garagorri in featherweight action. Ramos took Garagorri’s back late in the opening round. Garagorri stood to try and free himself of the bad position. Ramos locked on a rear-naked choke and pulled Garagorri to the canvas. Garagorri tapped out to the choke and Ramos walked away with the win and a bonus. RELATED > UFC on ESPN+ 22 Live Results: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré (Results & Fight Stats) The final performance bonus went to welterweight Randy Brown for his second-round submission win over Warlley Alves on the preliminary fight card. Alves found himself caught in a triangle-choke while in Brown’s guard. After some adjusting, Brown was able to force Alves to tap out. UFC on ESPN+ 22 featured 12 bouts. Eight of the fights went the distance, two ended in knockouts and two resulted in submission finishes. The event took place in front of a sold out crowd at Ginásio do Ibirapuera with 10,344 spectators in attendance.

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