4 Superstars Earn Performance Bonuses At ONE Fight Night 16
A quartet of athletes left Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok with some extra cash thanks to their spectacular performances at ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade in U.S. primetime on Friday, November 3.
ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong awarded US$50,000 performance bonuses to freshly crowned submission grappling titleholder Tye Ruotolo, promotional newcomer Ben Tynan, and Spanish striker Cristina Morales.
What’s more, main event winner Jonathan Haggerty scored a double bonus of US$100,000.
In the headline attraction, the reigning bantamweight Muay Thai titleholder took out current bantamweight MMA king Fabricio Andrade with a stunning knockout to claim the vacant ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title, become a two-sport World Champion, and pad his wallet with a rare double bonus.
The finish came in the second round after a head kick from “The General” put Andrade on wobbly legs. Sensing his foe was hurt, Haggerty swarmed with a ruthless flurry of punches to secure his second consecutive highlight-reel stoppage.
The co-main event saw American BJJ phenom Ruotolo earn a one-sided decision and the inaugural ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Title in his high-stakes showdown with Magomed Abdulkadirov.
The 20-year-old showcased his well-rounded grappling game over the course of the 10-minute contest, earning his fourth US$50,000 performance bonus with his relentless attacks and refined technique.
Highly touted Canadian heavyweight Tynan dominated South Korean knockout artist Kang Ji Won to score a third-round submission victory and a well-deserved performance bonus.
“Vanilla Thunder” flexed his elite wrestling and grappling chops throughout the MMA bout, utterly dominating his foe before eventually securing an arm-triangle finish to kick off his ONE tenure in style.
Morales showed no sign of fear as she ventured into enemy territory to make quick work of teenage Thai sensation Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak in their atomweight kickboxing showdown.
The 30-year-old needed less than one round to overwhelm her foe with an onslaught of ferocious striking combinations and earn the evening’s first US$50,000 performance bonus.