Meng Bo has quickly proven to be one of ONE Championship’s most dangerous atomweights.
The Chinese athlete cemented her status as the division’s #2-ranked contender by knocking out Indonesian star Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol in the opening bout of ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II, which was previously recorded at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and aired on Friday, 6 November.
Lumban Gaol is a two-time Wushu World Championships Medalist who is highly regarded for her stand-up arsenal, but the 24-year-old Meng was unfazed by her shots and needed just 86 seconds to turn off the Jakarta striker’s lights.
Following a touch of the gloves, the Changsha resident calmly stood in the center of the Circle, looked to get into her rhythm, and began measuring her distance by lightly flicking kicks and punches.
Meanwhile, Lumban Gaol bounced around the outside and threatened with snapping kicks at her rival’s lead leg, but the Chinese athlete seemed unconcerned by the whipping strikes.
Meng soon tried to close the distance and back her opponent toward the Circle Wall, but the 32-year-old Indonesian threw a body kick and moved away from potential danger.
As soon as the opening minute ticked away, however, Meng was warmed up and ready to bring the heat.
Lumban Gaol initially connected with a brilliant side kick to the torso, but the #2-ranked contender caught it and charged forward with a right cross and left uppercut that missed the mark.
Though the Chinese star failed to connect with those punches, she effectively closed the distance with little area for her adversary to bounce around.
As Meng moved forward with a plethora of right and left hands, the Indonesian used her kicks to create just enough distance and prevent the Changsha resident from landing a damaging blow.
But as Lumban Gaol tried to step away, the Chinese star followed her and lightly flicked another leg kick. She then batted down a jab with her lead hand and cracked the Indonesian with a cross to the jaw, instantly crumpling her to the canvas.
Meng immediately jumped on top of Lumban Gaol and unleashed a pair of ferocious right hands, prompting the referee to make the save at 1:26 of the first round.
With the victory, Meng improved her professional mixed martial arts record to 15-5 and may have earned an invite to the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix in 2021.