There were lots of exciting MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling fights at ONE on Prime Video 3 this past Friday, October 21. But four performances stood out from the rest.
New ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion Kade Ruotolo, French-Algerian veteran Mehdi Zatout, and undefeated promotional newcomers Shamil Gasanov and Noelle Grandjean all impressed with their highlight-reel finishes.
For their efforts, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong rewarded them with a US$50,000 performance bonus each.
Ruotolo may have had the best night of all.
The 19-year-old BJJ star forced sambo stylist Uali Kurzhev to tap out with a heel hook in the co-main event, giving him the first-ever ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Title and landing him a cool US$50,000 check.
Gasanov received a performance bonus for his picture-perfect ONE Championship debut.
“The Cobra” made quick work of #2-ranked featherweight MMA contender Kim Jae Woong, submitting the South Korean striker with a rear-naked choke early in the opening round.
Zatout was awarded a US$50,000 bonus check for his flawless showing on the lead card.
“Diamond Heart” was practically untouchable, as he brilliantly dodged Asa Ten Pow’s shots and then battered the American striker at every turn.
The French-Algerian veteran landed a damaging punch to the eye of his rival at the end of the opening round, which caused Ten Pow to quit on the stool moments later.
Grandjean earned the first performance bonus of the night with her exceptional TKO victory.
The 26-year-old atomweight known as “Lil’ Monkey” decimated Victoria Lee’s training partner Lea Bivins, ultimately landing a devastating punch to the body that made her foe wave her off.