The two stepped inside the ONE Championship cage in a three-round contest at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which took place Friday evening, 2 December, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Wirawan, who co-holds the record of fastest knockout victory in ONE Championship with a six-second demolition of Cambodian fighter Chan Heng, was expected to give another high-caliber performance. But it was Xie who ended up earning the hard-fought unanimous decision.
Xie dominated Wirawan from start to finish, both in the striking and grappling department.
The Chinese fighter showcased tremendous improvement in all-around skills, tagging Wirawan with overhand rights and stinging jabs. On the ground, Xie also scored a near-finish in the second round with a deep guillotine choke.
The third round saw much of the same action as Xie put the finishing touches on Wirawan, who just seemed to be out of sync the entire match.
In the end, all three judges saw it in favor of Xie, who improves his record to 2-2 while Wirawan falls to 5-5.
“I improved from the last round, I am happy about that,” said Xie after the bout. “I was more aggressive this time, and I did not back up from anything.”
It was a great showcase of the current level of Chinese MMA at this stage. Since the sport’s rise in Asia, more and more local homegrown MMA talents have arisen around Asia. Count Xie Bin among the most promising.
Wirawan came into the bout with a solid reputation as a bonafide finisher, however, Xie nullified most of his offense and executed an intelligent game plan to get the nod.
While Xie will now look forward to more high-profile bouts, Wirawan heads back to the drawing board and will try to figure out how he can get himself out of his most recent funk.