ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II fired on all cylinders this past Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Five of the seven matches ended with highlight-reel finishes, while both fights that went the distance provided fans with an intense grappling session and a striking slugfest.
Here, we’ve picked three of the most memorable moments from another sensational martial arts showcase.
Christian Lee’s Revenge
After dropping a narrow decision to Ok last year, Lee was determined to reclaim the belt in emphatic fashion – and he did just that.
The 24-year-old used his footwork and striking dexterity to tag the South Korean on multiple occasions. He rocked the defending king with a right kick early on and delivered another right hook that sent Ok to the canvas.
Lee carried that striking assault into the second frame, and only 60 seconds later, the finish came. He caught Ok with an overhand right, blasted a shin to the chin, and then delivered two more knees to complete his mission.
Along with taking back the ONE Lightweight World Title, “The Warrior” earned a US$50,000 performance bonus and extended his promotional records for most wins (16) and stoppage victories (15).
Tang Kai’s Historic World Title
Tang Kai wrote his name into the history books with a dominant display to become the first-ever male Chinese MMA World Champion.
The 26-year-old’s striking was far superior to that of defending ONE Featherweight World Champion Thanh Le, who surprisingly defended more than he attacked in the five-round duel.
Tang nullified Le’s movements with chopping leg kicks, and he continued to pierce through his rival’s guard with short hooks and head kicks.
Meanwhile, his tight defense and quick footwork were on point, as the challenger shut down any hope of his opponent’s comeback attempt.
Once the masterclass was completed, all three judges handed Tang the monumental World Title victory. In the process, he extended his winning streak to 10, with seven of those coming in ONE Championship.
Saemapetch’s Wild Knockout Of Rittewada
After losing via TKO in their first meeting, the #1 bantamweight Muay Thai contender cemented his spot in the rankings with a devastating right hand that separated Rittewada from his senses.
Both Thai strikers threw heavy leather after the opening bell rang, but it was actually Rittewada who had the advantage in the opening frame. He frustrated his rival by stepping in and out of range while clipping him with jabs and hooks.
The #2-ranked contender danced to the same rhythm at the start of the second round, but Saemapetch had other plans. He ducked away from Rittewada’s wild right hook and countered with a precise overhand left that dropped his foe and earned the win at 1:35 of round two.
With the pivotal victory, perhaps the former ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title challenger could land another shot at reigning divisional king Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.