After a night of thrilling bouts on Friday, 22 February, the martial arts superstars of ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS have sent out messages to their fans.
Though some did not have the opportunity to speak in the ring after their contests – and others were just lost for words – they posted on social media to share their reactions.
This is what some of the stars of the main card had to say.
However, once the Thai superstar was away from the bright lights of the Singapore Indoor Stadium, she sent out a message of gratitude to all her supporters.
“First, I have to say sorry that I was speechless after the fight. I felt so happy that I couldn’t even say a word,” she explained.
“Thank you for everyone cheered me to me.”
She also thanked her team at Fairtex Training Center and ONE Championship for giving her the tools and the opportunity to compete on the global stage for martial arts.
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For this fight, I really wanted to show that even though I didn’t start Muay Thai at a young age or it didn’t come natural to me, that I have appreciation for the art and style. And with years of dedication to it, and countless hours of training and fights, I can take steps towards becoming a real contender in the sport. All thanks to Bryan’s investment towards my training and fights, and his meticulous eye for technique, we were able headline an event. I was proud to represent my country for One Championship, and I was proud to be a women in the main event showing that we have the skills and be just as entertaining as the men. I plan to be a world champion soon to prove that US athletes can perform with style like the Thais. There are many women in our country like @jackiebuntan, @bekahirwin, @nicoolle.__ , @tierra_brandt making waves already and showing what we are capable of – I’m proud to be one of them. Thank you all for the overwhelming nice messages this past week. I felt loved and supported. I will come back stronger from this. Thank you Chatri and the @onechampionship team for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills on such a global stage. Thank you to my team that was there with me every step of the way – @bryanpopejoy, @tikysirisute, @jackiebuntan, @nathanwward, and the rest of the #boxingworksfamilia, @jackiemguerra and the @gamereadyp crew, @infightstyle, @da_losangeles, and @uofrecovery. Without you all, there will be no JT
Stamp’s opponent Janet “JT” Todd may not have had her hand raised, she took a lot of positives from her debut in The Home Of Martial Arts.
The American explained how she was full of pride and gratitude after she pushed the two-sport World Champion for five rounds, and represented Muay Thai in her country on the largest possible platform.
Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton put on one of the performances of the night in Singapore as he battled back from adversity to submit Amir Khan in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals.
In another post, the Costa Rican credited his heart for getting him through some tough spots, but admitted he was not so happy that he had to absorb so many strikes to get the win.
However, he was delighted to put on a show.
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Last night self review : I felt good going in to the fights, we both had our moments, I manage to hurt him on multiple occasions and he managed to finish me in the 3 round by RNC. To @tarzancr , I wish you best of luck and hope you win the GP tournament ???????? Losing is never fun but it’s part of the reality u called life. On the side note it was a surreal event with @yung.raja walking out with me and the fans were crazy. Lastly I would like to thank everyone who always believed in me especially my family , my Wife , my coaches, family at @evolvemma and last but not least my fans. I hope everyone was entertained, I WILL BE BACK #onechampionship #mma #singapore
Though he was forced to tap, Khan emphasized the positive aspects of the night – including his striking, the support he received, and his walkout with Singaporean rapper Yung Raja.
He also showed respect to his opponent and promised he would return to action soon.
Ev “E.T.” Ting experienced a rough night as he was knocked out in the opening seconds of his ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-final match against Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev.
Despite his disappointment, he gave credit to his rival and referee Olivier Coste, who saved him from further damage.
The Malaysian-Kiwi also remained upbeat and vowed to return in style.
As he did in the ring, “Dagi” kept his thoughts close to his chest, but showed he was enjoying his time in The Lion City before he returned home to train for his semi-final clash with Sexton.
Victorious ONE Super Series star Nieky “The Natural” Holzken was busy on Instagram after his unanimous decision win against Mustapha “Dynamite” Haida.
The dynamic Dutchman gave his respect to his opponent and expressed how happy he was to compete for “the best organization” he has ever competed for.
His biggest smile was saved for his return to his homeland, where his daughter surprised him with a reward for his victory.
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy also sent out messages of thanks and pictures of his team as he celebrated his knockout win against Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo.
He also brought the focus back to his entertaining “Baby Shark” entrance, which highlighted the Thai superstar’s personality and sense of fun before he got down to business in the ring.