There have been hundreds of knockouts in ONE Championship history, but most of the very best have come through one perfect shot.
Few varieties of KO are as thrilling or as aesthetically pleasing as when one of The Home Of Martial Arts’ sharpest shooters pulls the trigger at the perfect time and places their fist in exactly the right spot to end a bout with a single blow
A look through the 10 best one-punch knockouts in the Circle will show you why.
#10 Han Zi Hao vs. Ryan Jakiri
When ONE Super Series was launched in 2018 and Muay Thai athletes were given the opportunity to compete in small gloves, it was inevitable that fans would see a few more finishes – especially when someone with the punching power of Han Zi Hao entered the Circle.
The Chinese athlete’s one-shot stoppage of Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS was as clean as they come. The Filipino exposed his chin when he tried to counter a kick with a left hook, and he was punished with a cannon of a right cross.
#9 Shannon Wiratchai Vs. Rahul Raju
As the Indian charged forward, Wiratchai tried to pick him off with counter right hooks. He came close with his first couple of attempts, but that did not stop Raju, and he was made to pay when the decisive strike scored a direct hit and sent him prone onto the canvas after just 21 seconds.
#8 Giorgio Petrosyan Vs. Jo Nattawut
The full extent of Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan’s surgical, guard-splitting precision was on display when he cracked the durable “Smokin” Jo Nattawut’s chin in the high-stakes ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix semifinals at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD.
Nattawut checked his forward charge, but the Italian master threw his straight left right down the middle with full power and landed on the button. At first, it looked like the Thai might get up, but he could barely even raise his head as the referee counted him out.
#7 Alain Ngalani Vs. Hideki Sekine
The Cameroonian Muay Thai and kickboxing World Champion glided away from danger and delivered a devastating right hook that stopped Sekine in his tracks after just 10 seconds. It will take something special to beat this record for the fastest finish in ONE heavyweight history.
#6 Nong-O Gaiyanghadao Vs. Saemapetch Fairtex
Somehow, Saemapetch Fairtex had survived absorbing some seriously heavy leather from Nong-O Gaiyanghadao in the first two rounds of their match at ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS and had even started to get a foothold in the contest by round three.
However, Nong-O knew all he needed to do was to wait for the right opportunity to finish his young challenger. That came in the first of the championship rounds when Saemapetch hesitated for a second, which allowed the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion to unleash a lightning-quick cross, and send his rival crashing supine onto the canvas.
#5 Honorio Banario Vs. Jaroslav Jartim
It seemed like Jaroslav “Jarda” Jartim could handle the body blow the Filipino athlete threw to counter a body kick, but he was unresponsive after his jaw was rearranged by the left hook haymaker that followed.
#4 Brandon Vera Vs. Mauro Cerilli
When Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli tried to take the ONE Heavyweight World Title from Brandon “The Truth” Vera at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, with an aggressive game plan, he inadvertently made his rival’s punches twice as dangerous.
The force of Vera’s left hook in opposition to that generated by the Italian’s forward momentum doubled the impact of the Filipino hero’s knuckles landing to the chin, which meant an instant KO that sent his compatriots in Manila, Philippines, into a frenzy.
#3 Joshua Pacio Vs. Roy Doliguez
When the young Filipino faked a kick, he invited Doliguez to step forward, but he walked straight into a spinning back fist that brought this strawweight tilt at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD to an unexpected finish in the second round.
#2 Martin Nguyen Vs. Eduard Folayang
Against all the odds, there was an even more stunning KO on the same night as Pacio’s highlight-reel effort. What made it even more surprising was that most people would have expected it to come from Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.
He had a big size and strength advantage when he defended his ONE Lightweight World Title against ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, but the Australian is a heavy hitter, too, and he picked a perfect moment to unleash the best punch of his career.
As Folayang spun to strike with his patented back kick, “The Situ-Asian” cracked him with a thunderous overhand right to make ONE history.
#1 Aung La N Sang Vs. Ken Hasegawa
The most epic World Title tilt in the history of The Home Of Martial Arts deserved a conclusion to match, and that is what Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang delivered when he ended his 2018 bout of the year with the 2018 KO of the year against Ken Hasegawa.
Both men were exhausted after more than four rounds of relentless action, but Aung La N Sang mustered one final burst of energy to uncork an unstoppable right uppercut on his ailing rival.
The strike was perfectly placed and timed just as Hasegawa stumbled forward, which meant the impact was enough to put him out cold and send “The Burmese Python’s” fans in his hometown of Yangon, Myanmar into raptures at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR.
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