3 Fights That Could Steal The Show At ONE On Prime Video 1: Moraes Vs. Johnson II

Aug 24, 2022
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The 10-fight card for ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II is all killer and no filler, with thrilling contests lined up from top to bottom.

Although the two World Title contests are sure to attract the most eyeballs, there’s so much more for fans to enjoy when the historic showcase gets underway live in U.S. primetime this Friday, August 26.

Here are three bouts from lower down the bill that could steal the show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

#1 Rodtang Jitmuangnon Vs. Savvas Michael

If there’s ever an odds-on favorite to deliver a Fight of the Night, it’s reigning flyweight Muay Thai king Rodtang Jitmuangnon.

And at ONE on Prime Video 1, he’ll have a willing dance partner in Cypriot rising star Savvas Michael.

That evening, Michael will face “The Iron Man” in the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix semifinals, and he knows it’s the biggest fight of his career to date.

Rodtang can always be relied upon for fire and fury, but his opponent’s slick boxing and hurtful body shots mean he won’t be afraid to trade with the Thai megastar.

“The Baby Face Killer” also has the reach advantage and looked better than ever in his quarterfinal victory over Amir Naseri, meaning he has a good chance to frustrate the shorter man from the outside. 

Of course, Rodtang showed great composure and development in his last win over Jacob Smith, mixing his trademark aggression with a dynamic array of shots and some strong decision-making.

With all that in mind, this matchup could feature the very best of “the art of eight limbs” – from punishing offense to technical striking.

#2 Amir Aliakbari Vs. Mauro Cerilli 

There’s a high possibility of a slugfest when heavyweights Amir Aliakbari and Mauro Cerilli go to war in MMA action.

The two giants don’t like to waste time, as they usually race out of the blocks with their fists flying. Of their combined 24 victories, 16 have come by knockout, with 13 of those in the very first round. 

However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Aliakbari is a Greco-Roman Wrestling World Champion, while Cerilli is a judo black belt. This means fans can expect more than just a rock-em, sock-em type of battle.

Still, with both men packing serious punching power, this tussle is unlikely to go the distance.

Expect the heavyweight steamrollers to constantly throw heavy leather and hunt for a stoppage, whether the match is on the feet or on the canvas. 

#3 Diandra Martin Vs. Amber Kitchen

On the lead card, young strikers Diandra Martin and Amber Kitchen will square off in a fiery catchweight Muay Thai clash that will set a high pace from the opening bell.

Both athletes are aggressive but make the most of their tools in different ranges.

The 27-year-old Martin’s reach means she can try to damage her rival from the outside, but 23-year-old Kitchen likes to wade in with aggressive flurries of punches and even flying attacks.

This midrange battleground will be fiercely contested, and both fighters should expect to eat shots while defending their position. 

It won’t slow down if they tie up, either. Aussie sensation Martin stays busy with knees and elbows, while British phenom Kitchen could use that offense to try to dump her opponent to the canvas.

There aren’t any areas where the pair are likely to catch their breath, and with both of them hungry to earn their first victory in ONE, expect up to nine minutes of intense action.

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