Meng took on former ONE Strawweight World Title challenger Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin in an atomweight contest at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China – and the 23-year-old produced a thrilling first-round finish that had the crowd on their feet.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, November 16, 2019
Balin immediately looked to push the pace at the start of the opening round, but Meng took advantage by securing a takedown on the two-time South American mixed martial arts champion.
“La Gladiadora” used a high guard to try to shut down Meng’s attack from the top while also threatening a submission from her back, but the Tiger Wang Gym representative soon changed her approach and returned to her feet.
After she connected with a few kicks to the legs of the still-grounded Balin, referee Olivier Coste ordered the 40-year-old to stand up and the bout continued.
With Balin moving forward looking to land a left hand, Meng stepped back, then planted her feet and connected with a right hand that sent “La Gladiadora” crashing to the canvas.
After a few more punches to her downed opponent, Coste dove in and called a stop to the contest at the 2:18 mark as the Beijing crowd hailed their hero’s huge first-round knockout victory.
The result moved the Changsha native’s record to 14-5 and announced her arrival on the global stage as one of the most talented rising stars of the atomweight division.
The Chinese star already has a plan for her next outing, as she explained that she would love to face Japanese icon and two-time World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi.