ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS features two ONE Kickboxing World Title main event bouts that could bring up to 10 rounds of the highest-caliber combat action anywhere in the world this weekend, but that is not all.
When the world’s largest martial arts organization comes to the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China this Saturday, 16 November, it will bring a bout card that is bursting with talent from top to bottom
The potential for edge-of-your-seat entertainment runs right down the undercard, meaning fans can expect to see some high-octane exchanges from the first bell on the prelims, onward.
These are three of the deeper cuts on the lineup that have the potential to drop jaws.
#1 Miao Li Tao Vs. Jeremy Miado
Miao has two spectacular first-round finishes to his name – his 109-second blitz of Sim Bunsrun, and the one-shot stunner against former ONE Strawweight World Champion “Kru Rong” Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.
Miado also has a pair of highlight-reel stoppages. His own KO of Dejdamrong was one of the most sensational in the history of the global stage, and he built on that with a brilliant performance against Peng Xue Wen, which he ended with a beautiful uppercut in the second stanza.
The only time either of these men has won via the judges’ scorecards was in August, when the man from Beijing defeated Pongsiri Mitsatit, but that only allowed him to show the other aspects of his skill set as he tossed the Thai striker around the ring.
However his next match-up plays out in his hometown, you can expect to be entertained when the main card kicks off and a pair of finishers go all-out for the win.
#2 Tang Kai Vs. Edward Kelly
Another Philippines vs. China match-up that is notable for its participants’ flawless finishing rates in The Home Of Martial Arts will see Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly put to the test against Tang Kai.
Team Lakay’s Kelly is one of the organization’s veteran campaigners, and all seven of his victories on the global stage have come inside the distance. Some of those are among the most spectacular ever seen in the Circle.
If the Filipino can repeat his heroics that saw him stop Vincent Latoel with a perfect right hook, or starch Meas Meul with a kick after just 21 seconds, we will have a certain knockout of the night on our hands.
Tang may have only had one match in ONE, but it was as close to perfect as debuts get. The man from Shanghai showed little regard for Sung Jong Lee’s grappling credentials as he imposed his kicking game from the off, and ended proceedings in round two with a shin to the temple.
That was his ninth professional win, and it maintained his 100-percent finishing rate. Expect him to try and maintain that record in the Cadilac Arena.
#3 Enriko Kehl Vs. Armen Petrosyan
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, March 8, 2019
The fact that this ONE Super Series clash is second on the bill speaks to how stacked the card at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS is.
Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl and Armen Petrosyan are simply two of the best stand-up martial artists on the planet with several World Titles to their names across multiple disciplines, as well as a who’s who of opponents on their records.
They are also aggressive competitors who prefer to compete on the front foot and chase stoppages, and 56 knockouts between them confirm that fact.
This is the kind of match-up that ONE Super Series was made for, and should see two European standouts go toe-to-toe from the first bell for three action-packed rounds – if it lasts that long.