Anderson “Braddock” Silva showcased his heavy-handed striking to an appreciative new audience in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as he secured his second first-round knockout in ONE Super Series.
The two power-punching behemoths threw leather inside the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium, and it was Silva who emerged victorious after nearly two and a half minutes of explosive action.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, September 6, 2019
Isaev looked to be the faster and more agile competitor when the contest started, and he wisely ducked to avoid a fastball overhand right from “Braddock” early on.
But it didn’t take long for the 33-year-old Brazilian to recalibrate his timing and land cleanly, as he sent his Russian adversary into the ropes with a huge right.
The ropes saved Isaev from going down to the canvas for an official knockdown, but Silva knew he had his opponent badly hurt and did not let the WMC Muay Thai World Champion off the hook.
The Sao Paulo native backed his man into the corner, and then he connected with a huge left-right combination. He followed that with a knee, which caused the Russian to buckle.
Silva continued his attack. He unloaded two clubbing right hands over the top, and then he sent the 25-year-old to the mat with a crushing right uppercut.
Isaev attempted to return to his feet, but his equilibrium was clearly still scrambled from the Brazilian’s salvo. Referee Atsushi Onari noticed, and he wisely stepped in at the 2:19 mark to spare him from any further punishment.
It was a decisive performance by Silva, who improved his kickboxing record to 52-18-1.
Also, he confirmed what many longtime kickboxing fans already knew – that you stand in front of “Braddock” at your own peril.