ONE Championship returns home to “The Lion City” this coming Friday, 22 November with a showcase packed full of hard-hitting strikers.
The promotion will bring its latest card, ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS, to the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and the card is full of knockout artists who will compete in Muay Thai and mixed martial arts contests.
With this much firepower, fans should not blink as a highlight-reel finish could happen at any moment. Here are just five of the best knockouts from the stars who are scheduled to compete in Singapore on Friday.
#1 Khan’s Picture-Perfect Elbows
The Singaporean quickly put Pakistan’s Waqar Umar on the back foot. With nearly 75 seconds gone, Khan clinched with his adversary and launched a knee into his body. He followed with a pair of clean elbows to the temple and a punch, which instantly crumpled Umar and shut off his lights.
Khan returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, and he will meet the man below in his homecoming.
#2 Ting’s Extraordinary Head Kick
Ev “E.T.” Ting’s second bout in The Home Of Martial Arts showcased his well-rounded skills, but it ended with an unforgettable knockout.
During the first round of his bout with Team Lakay’s Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly at ONE: ROAR OF TIGERS in October 2014, the Malaysian hit a couple of takedowns and several clean punches. He mixed up his strikes in the second with kicks to the legs and body to keep his rival off-balance.
Then, with 35 seconds remaining in the round, he stepped forward, pivoted his left foot, and unleashed a right roundhouse to Kelly’s head, just as the Filipino dropped his arm to go for a punch. The Team Lakay veteran fell face-first to the canvas and the referee stopped the bout.
He will look to deliver another magical moment in “The Lion City.”
#3 Peng’s 57-Second KO
Peng Xue Wen flipped the script on two-time SEA Games boxing medalist Eddey Kalai at ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS in July 2018. It was supposed to be classic striker versus grappler match-up, but the Chinese strawweight had other plans.
The man from Zhongshan, China controlled the center of the ring and feinted a few times to get a reaction from his rival.
As Kalai stepped in with a leg kick, Peng darted forward with a quick left hand to pull his rival’s arm down, and he immediately followed with a picture-perfect overhand right, which sent the Malaysian crashing to the canvas. Following some quick ground punches, the referee stopped the action just 57 seconds into the contest.
Peng will look to replicate that magic when he meets former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke on Friday.
#4 A Crushing Elbow
However, after feeling the power of the Brit, the Thai showed more urgency in the second frame and created a memory fans will soon not forget.
Petchmorakot kept pushing forward to force Harrison toward the Circle’s wall, and one minute into the period, he struck brilliantly. The Petchyindee Academy representative used his right hand to pull down his opponent’s right hand and then smashed him in the temple with a gorgeous left elbow to earn the knockout win.
The Thai will attempt to impress again, this time against Charlie “Boy” Peters at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 22 November.
#5 A Sensational Spinning Back Elbow
In the second round of his clash with Thailand-based Frenchman Yohann Fairtex Drai, Pinas defended from his rival’s onslaught. With 40 seconds gone in the period, Drai marched forward with a jab.
The moment he dropped his hand to throw that punch, however, the Dutchman spun around and connected with a beautiful rear elbow to drop his opponent, who could not answer the referee’s count.
On Friday, Pinas will open ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS against Britain’s Liam Nolan.