ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot heated up the Singapore Indoor Stadium with a fiery lead card that featured drama, highlight-reel finishes, and statement-making performances.
A trio of rising MMA stars earned first-round stoppages, an unbeaten kickboxing phenom shined in his first promotional appearance, and a new face became an alternate in the biggest global tournament in Muay Thai history.
The early action was then capped off by two explosive ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts – you can recap the entire quarterfinal round here.
Here’s everything that went down on the lead card of ONE 157 on Friday, 20 May.
Anderson Survives Early Scare To Submit Roka
Both Alyse Anderson and Asha Roka were motivated to bounce back with a victory in the bustling women’s atomweight division, and that showed in their short but intense battle at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Roka was the first to find success, piercing her American rival’s guard with powerful boxing and dropping her to the mat.
However, “Lil’ Savage” kept her cool and attacked for an armbar off her back, before deftly switching to a triangle choke that forced the tap at 2:04 of the opening frame.
Boutasaa Debuts With Striking Clinic Against Kiria
It was a dominant ONE Super Series debut for kickboxing phenom Mohammed “Too Sharp” Boutasaa, as he outpointed seasoned striker Davit Kiria across three rounds to score a unanimous decision win and keep his undefeated record intact.
Boutasaa controlled the exchanges from the start, keeping Kiria at the end of his jab, launching himself into flying knee attacks, and hinging his rival’s head back multiple times with push kicks to the face.
Showing no respect for his opponent’s offense, “Too Sharp” stepped left and stepped right as he pelted the Georgian with a variety of strikes, never once finding himself in any trouble.
The Moroccan’s dominant victory nudged his record to 15-0 and instantly put him among the elite of the featherweight kickboxing division.
“It was a dream come true,” Boutasaa told ONE commentator Mitch Chilson after the bout.
‘Wondergirl’ Scores First-Round Submission In MMA Debut
The Muay Thai sensation needed only 1:22 of the opening round to submit Bano and secure her first victory in the all-encompassing sport.
After a couple of tight exchanges in the clinch department, the 23-year-old landed a knee flush on her rival’s forehead before working her way toward the match-winning armbar.
Following the triumph, the strawweight told ONE commentator Mitch Chilson that she wants to continue focusing on MMA before making a return to all-striking contests on the global stage.
Kabutov Earns Riveting Decision Win In Grand Prix Alternate Bout
Exciting newcomers Sherzod “Lion” Kabutov and Denis “The Bosnian Menace” Puric put everything on the line in their ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix alternate bout, knowing that a potential entry into the elite tournament could be at stake.
After three thrilling rounds, it was the slick and diverse skill set of Kyrgyzstan’s Kabutov that put him in pole position to step in if anything happens to the other contenders.
“Lion” had success in every range, scoring with his hands, spinning attacks, and heavy knees in the clinch en route to a convincing unanimous decision victory.
Siregar Stuns With Early Submission Of Catalan
In the show’s curtain-raiser, Elipitua “The Magician” Siregar put himself back in the win column by stopping Filipino veteran Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan in the first round of their strawweight MMA bout.
Siregar struggled in the opening stages of the matchup as Catalan forced him on the back foot with punches and kicks. In fact, a left hand appeared to stun Siregar, and “The Ilonggo” rushed in for the finish.
However, “The Magician” dipped for a takedown and dragged his opponent to the canvas. Once there, he spun and sunk in an anaconda choke, although it appeared he wouldn’t be able to finish Catalan.
But as the “The Ilonggo” tried to wriggle his way free, the Indonesian sunk the choke in further, causing a tap at 2:58 of the first round. With the victory, Siregar may have earned himself a match against a top-five ranked strawweight contender.