Allazov, Opacic, Zhang Earn Bonuses At ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE

Jan 29, 2022
Zhang Lipeng jumps for joy after knocking out Ruslan Emilbek Uulu.

A trio of world-class athletes left the Singapore Indoor Stadium a little richer on Friday, 28 January.

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong awarded Azerbaijani-Belarusian kickboxer Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov, heavyweight knockout artist Rade Opacic, and Chinese lightweight star “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng with US$50,000 bonuses for their gameness and extraordinary performances at ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE.

Chingiz Allazov celebrates his knockout victory over Jo Nattawut.

Allazov knocked out Thai striker extraordinaire Smokin’ Jo Nattawut in the first round of their ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix semifinal showdown, which served as the show’s co-main event.

That highlight-reel victory booked #4-ranked “Chinga” a spot opposite Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong in the tournament final, which goes down at ONE X on Saturday, 26 March.

Serbian fighter Rade Opacic cracks Francesko Xhaja with a right punch

Meanwhile, Opacic continued to impose his dominance over the promotion’s heavyweight kickboxing division.

The Serbian finished gutsy newcomer Francesko “Smile” Xhaja via second-round TKO to earn his fourth consecutive knockout victory. In the process, he tied the record for most KOs in the history of ONE’s all-striking league, ONE Super Series.

Finally, Zhang knocked out rising star Ruslan “Snow Leopard” Emilbek Uulu just 32 seconds into their highly anticipated lightweight mixed martial arts clash.

“The Warrior” entered the record books with that spectacular finish, as he now shares the fifth-fastest lightweight KO in ONE history with Dagi Arslanaliev, who stopped Mishal Alfad in his debut back in January 2016.

Chingiz Allazov will face Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final.

Full results from ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE can be found here.

Read more: Sitthichai Overwhelms Kiria, Advances To Grand Prix Final

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