As we enter a new year, it is time for one final look back at some of the best action from 2018, as selected by possibly the world’s biggest martial arts fan – “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.
The ONE Championship play-by-play commentator has been up close at cageside for every second of action in The Home Of Martial Arts over the past 12 months, and seen some incredible moments.
From virtuoso displays to surprise stoppages, here are “The Voice’s” best bits.
Xiong Jing Nan‘s Overwhelming Attack
Michael Schiavello looks back at Xiong Jing Nan's historic ONE Strawweight World Title win!Download the ONE Super App now ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
It was one thing to make history for her nation on the global stage of martial arts, but the way Xiong dismantled Tiffany “No Chill” Teo made it unforgettable.
“She put together a striking display that was absolutely ferocious,” says Schiavello.
“Xiong Jing Nan signaled to the watching world that the age of China was upon us in ONE Championship.”
Rodtang’s Whirlwind Of Offense
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Posted by ONE Championship on Sunday, December 16, 2018
As far as first impressions go, it is hard to beat Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmungnon’s effort at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES.
The 21-year-old phenom burst into the Home Of Martial arts with a tornado of attacking fervor, and the fact he was up against a world-class competitor in Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen made no difference as he powered he way to a unanimous decision.
“As resilient as Sergio is, he just couldn’t stand up to the continual relentless attacks of Rodtang,” says “The Voice.”
“Watch Rodtang in 2019, because that young man is absolute dynamite.”
Alaverdi Ramazanov‘s Bangkok Shutdown
Alaverdi Ramazanov was the Muay Thai world's best kept secret… until THIS performance! Download the ONE Super App now ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, December 24, 2018
Few people other than the most hard-core Muay Thai fans knew who Alaverdi Ramazanov was before his October 2018 debut in the world’s largest martial arts organization, but they do now.
At ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES the young Russian stepped in against the decorated Petchmorrakot Petchyindee Academy in his native Bangkok, and authored a superb display that stunned the passionate Thai fans.
“He goes toe-to-toe with Petchmorrakot with the knees, with the clinching, with the hands, with the legs, and doesn’t take a backward step… Ramazanov pulled off one of the shocks of the year,” Schiavello explains.
Shinya Aoki‘s Tremendous Triple
Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki was so good last year, it is impossible to pick just one of his wins as the best. The Japanese icon took out Rasul Yakhyaev, Shannon Wiratchai, and Ev Ting in the first round to earn a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Title.
“The fuel tank was refueled, then the inner fire was reignited, and Shinya Aoki goes on this magnificent three-match tear that is like the Aoki of old,” says Schiavello.
Jeremy Miado‘s Stunning Knockout
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Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, December 13, 2018
It was a result so stunning, even “The Voice” did not know what to say.
“I’m a man who’s never short of a word. I’m never lost for speech, but at that moment, when Miado knocked out the former multiple Muay Thai World Champion and the former ONE Strawweight World Champion, nothing came out of my mouth,” he admits.
“It was just mouth agape, stupid stare on my face.”
Giorgio Petrosyan‘s Kickboxing Clinic
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Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
If you want to see the most outstanding display of martial arts of 2018, look no further than this effort from ONE: HEART OF THE LION.
“That is the match they should show students when they first start kickboxing to say, ‘Hey, this is the sport performed at its most elite level,'” Schiavello says.
“It was kickboxing perfection.”