ONE Hero Series (OHS) kicked off in January and, with six events now in the books, ONE Championship’s home for rising Chinese martial arts stars has already delivered some incredible action.
The up-and-coming prospects battle for the chance to earn a contract on the main roster of the world’s largest martial arts organization, and with such a massive opportunity at stake, some of the standout athletes have shown they have the finishing instincts that could make them a success on the global stage.
These are the best stoppages that OHS has delivered in the first half of 2019.
Li Zhe’s Seamless Submission
Fresh off his rear-naked choke victory in the first event, Li quickly worked to Xie’s back when they tied up in a clinch, and when the pair dropped to the mat, he had already started to secure the finishing position.
He landed in mount with his opponent’s head and arm trapped, and then passed to side control to tighten up his choke and end the bout with a seamless display of grappling.
Li Yuan Kun’s Relentless Body Attack
The pair battled hard for two rounds, but Li came out throwing heavy leather in the final stanza to save the judges from turning in their scorecards.
He backed his rival to the ropes and then turned his attention to the body, where he landed a succession of left hooks to the liver that sent Dai to the canvas for the knockout.
Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu’s Lightning Bolt Left
China Top Team’s Liu attacked with sharp straight punches and left kicks to the body from the southpaw stance, and then as “Northwestern Wolf” tried to step in, he timed his left hand to perfection and sent his foe crashing to the canvas.
Wang Jing Jia Submits At Speed
Wang Jing Jia showed off his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prowess to finish “Werewolf” Wan Jian Ping with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their bantamweight bout April.
Wang’s wrestling and ground and pound was on point, and he punished Wan with hard strikes from top position. However, when “Werewolf” saw a gap to escape and tried to grab a single-leg takedown, the Sunkin International Fight Club representative saw an opening.
He stuffed the takedown and as Wan tried to drive forward, took his rival’s back, and swiftly locked in a tight choke to get the finish out of nowhere.
Xie Wie Lands An Incredible Uppercut
Once again, the 24-year-old from Qingdao found his mark with a concussive blow to end the match when he came forward at the start of round two and uncorked a short right uppercut that connected cleanly on his rival’s chin.
Yang slumped to the deck and “The Hunter” sealed the deal with a few more strikes to go 2-0 with two finishes in OHS.
Zhang Meng Fei’s Rocket Right Hand
Zhang appeared to be on the receiving end of the harder strikes at the start of round two, but he absorbed them and stayed on the lookout for an opening.
As “Worshipper” took aim with a left kick, he dropped his left hand and “The Junior ZhangFei” capitalized immediately. His rocket of a right hand to the chin put his rival on his backside, and he could not meet the referee’s count.
Li Hao Jie Spins To Win
“Little Honeybadger” Li Hao Jie’s diverse striking attack paid dividends in the final round of his bout with Huang Yan Chuan when he landed a spinning two-strike combination to score possibly the most spectacular finish in OHS so far in June.
Li first stepped in with a spinning back fist that skidded off the top of Huang’s head, and as his opponent moved backward with his hands down, “Little Honeybadger” immediately took aim with a left high kick using the momentum of his turn.
It landed straight on the jaw and put Li back on the road to ONE Championship’s flyweight division following his brief stint on the big stage back in 2016.