5 Superstars Take Home Performance Bonuses At ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson Vs. Moraes III
There was no shortage of thrilling bouts at ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes III on Prime Video – the organization’s historic debut on U.S. soil.
However, five highlight-reel finishes stood out from the rest at the sold-out 1stBank Center in Colorado on Friday, May 5.
ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong awarded US$50,000 bonuses to American MMA sensation Sage Northcutt, former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian Kadestam, former two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex, and ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci for their highlight-reel finishes.
Also, reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon took home a special US$100,000 bonus for his sensational knockout.
“The Iron Man” put on one of the finest performances of his illustrious career, scoring an early contender for ONE’s 2023 Knockout of the Year in his successful defense of his flyweight Muay Thai crown.
It was Rodtang’s left elbow that took out challenger Edgar Tabares in the second round, sending the WBC Muay Thai International Champion crumbling to the mat, much to the pleasure of the passionate American crowd.
The electrifying knockout landed the modern-day Muay Thai legend a massive US$100,000 bonus.
Considered by many to be the planet’s top pound-for-pound submission grappler, ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Musumeci left the arena with 26 pounds of gold and US$50,000 after taking out BJJ No-Gi World Champion Osamah Almarwai.
“Darth Rigatoni” was in the driver’s seat from the first bell, racking up deep leg locks with exceptional precision before the match-winning rear-naked choke.
Meanwhile, former two-sport ONE World Champion and #1-ranked atomweight MMA contender Stamp put on a show in her first fight in the United States. She took out American standout Alyse “Lil’ Savage” Anderson with a body kick in their atomweight MMA battle.
The finish came in the second round as the two fighters separated from a clinch. The Thai star hammered a massive kick into Anderson’s gut, melting her to the canvas to take home the US$50,000 bonus.
Former welterweight king Kadestam added to his impressive gallery of highlight-reel wins with a spectacular second-round knockout of Croatian superstar Roberto “Robocop” Soldic.
The finishing sequence started with a perfectly placed elbow from “The Bandit.” He followed with a flurry of ruthless punches that floored Soldic to secure a well-deserved US$50,000 bonus.
American sensation Northcutt picked up the first performance bonus of the night with a stunning heel hook submission in his comeback fight versus Pakistan’s Ahmed Mujtaba in their lightweight MMA battle.
The 27-year-old needed just 39 seconds to get the job done, latching onto his foe’s leg and twisting at an unforgivable angle until the tap came to earn a cool US$50,000.