ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES Results, Highlights And Social Media Reaction

Kingdom of Heroes

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai didn’t disappoint in his promotional debut and fourth defense of his WBC Super Flyweight title on Saturday night at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Iran Diaz proved to be a game challenger, but Srisaket won almost every round on all three judges scorecards en-oute to a unanimous decision victory in his homeland. As you can see in some of the highlights below, Srisaket’s inability to stop Diaz wasn’t due to a lack of effort.

He pounded away at Diaz with powerful combinations to the head and body, but the rugged Mexican would consistently bounce back with just enough offense to keep Srisaket honest. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough to win a significant number of rounds. Two judges scored the bout 119-109 and the other had it 120-108, all for Srisaket.

After the bout, members of the boxing media showered the champion with praise:

Srisaket improved his record to 47-4-1 with the victory and his performance topped off a successful card.

Here is a look at some of the other notable highlights and social media reactions from ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.

Stamp Fairtex Outlasts Kai Ting Chuang To Win OSS Kickboxing Atomweight Title

Neither Stamp or Chuang was bashful as the the two women traded leather, knees, and kicks throughout this five-round affair. However, Stamp earned the unanimous decision win and the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Title with her work rate and aggression.

Stamp’s style and sincere emotion after the win seemed to earn her some new fans. Perhaps they will be watching her perform as she looks to defend her title in her next outing.

Shinya Aoki Needed Less Than a Minute To Finish Ting

The Japanese legend added yet another memorable submission finish to his record on Saturday night when he choked out Ev Ting in just 57 seconds of the first round.

Ting went for the takedown as Aoki had a front headlock, and almost immediately, Aoki was looking for the finish. It was a spectacular maneuver, but not many were surprised at the execution.

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Clearly, rumors of Aoki’s career coming to a close have been greatly exaggerated. He looks as dangerous as he ever has in his career.

Muin Gafurov Decimates Leandro Issa With One Punch

There is no doubting the power of Gafurov. One overhand right landed flush on Issa’s face and the bout was over midway through the first round.

Gafurov hadn’t competed in almost a year, but he showed no ill effects of the long absence. Fans and members of the martial arts community responded to the emphatic KO:

Hayato Suzuki Shows Off Submission Skills

It was Aoki’s night, but he wasn’t the only Japanese martial artist shining in Bangkok. Suzuki wrapped up Robin Catalan in a rear-naked choke in the second round, and the latter simply couldn’t escape.

If it looked as if Suzuki was really confident on the mat, it’s because he’s done this sort of thing a time or two.

If he can improve his striking he’ll be even more dangerous.

Rika Ishige Stops Bozhena Antoniyar in the First Round

It was a great night for most of the Thai martial artists on the card. In keeping with that theme, Ishige used a powerful and effective top game to pound Antoniyar until the referee stopped the bout. The stoppage probably could have taken place about 10 seconds earlier.

Asia MMA and others took notice of Ishige’s dominance on the ground.

Ishige is a handful if she can gain top position and Antoniyar had no clue how to work herself out of that predicament.

Most Explosive KO of the Night

There were a good number of finishes on Saturday, but Muay Thai artist Petchdam Kaiyanghadao’s stood out the most–even though it happened during the prelims. The left head kick and follow-up shots put Kenny Tse out on his feet before he tumbled to the canvas.

Kaiyanghadao is just 20 years old and needed just over a minute to end Tse’s evening early.

This latest victory followed up an explosive promotional debut three months ago. At such a young age, it’s only a matter of time before Kaiyanghadao becomes a major star–if he can continue to deliver these kinds of performances.

This will be ONE Championship’s final trip to Bangkok this year, but the city was left with some memorable moments.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/13/2018.