There were plenty of stand-out performances at ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS, as some of the promotion’s most talented stars defeated extremely tough opposition.
The victories achieved inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 22 November pushed the winners up the ranks in their respective divisions and opened up great opportunities in the future.
Fresh off their successes, here are some of the potential match-ups that could be next for the night’s biggest winners.
Worthen used his elite wrestling skills to dominate his Chinese rival, but Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev could be the man to put his grappling to the test.
The man from Dagestan is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with a renowned wrestling game of his own, and he also has good standing in the weight class with five straight victories in the bantamweight division.
If this match were to happen, the victor could earn top contender status.
Another athlete who put himself into the ONE Bantamweight World Title picture is Shuya “Stealth” Kamikubo. The Japanese athlete dominated Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci en route to a unanimous decision victory.
“Stealth” is now 4-0 in the division, but he still does not have a top-tier name on his resume. Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, however, could be that step up in competition.
The Team Lakay product has strong takedown defense and a powerful striking game that Kamikubo has not experienced yet in his mixed martial arts career.
If the Japanese warrior can get past the former titleholder, then he would undoubtedly be in line for a shot at the belt.
Another lightweight that could offer a bigger test for the resurgent Indian is Pieter “The Archangel” Buist. The Dutchman exploded onto the scene with two victories this year due to his sharp stand-up repertoire.
The lightweight division is loaded with talent, and another win for either man could help to separate him from the chasing pack.
Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva submitted Chinese grappler Peng Xue Wen in the second round of their strawweight tussle.
Next for the Brazilian could be a bout with Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado.
The Filipino scored a massive knockout win against Miao Li Tao in Beijing last week and, though neither athlete is immediately in the World Title picture, wins over esteemed opponents will move them further up the ladder.
Also, this would make for an intriguing grappler versus striker contest, with both men having a clear and exciting path to victory.
Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy
It was a return to the winner’s circle for Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and in the most impressive way possible.
The Thai star finished Charlie Peters with a series of elbows and knees under his favored Muay Thai ruleset, and a match-up with fellow nak muay Samy “AK47” Sana would make for a fascinating spectacle.
Both men have a wide array of tools, huge power in their shots, and a proven back catalog. With the World Title vacant in the featherweight Muay Thai ranks, this could provide a clear contender for the throne.
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