ONE Championship: Ascent To Power – Results, Recap and Photo Gallery
By PDG Staff
ONE Championship returned home to Singapore to the tune of 12,000 screaming Mixed Martial Arts fans cheering loudly for their favorite ONE Championship superstars. ONE: Ascent To Power electrified a capacity crowd with intense world-class MMA action from start to finish. In the main event, Angela Lee earned a hard-fought, five-round unanimous decision over spirited opponent Mei Yamaguchi to clinch the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. In the co-main event, Roger Gracie put Michal Pasternak to sleep to earn the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.
In the main event, Singapore’s “Unstoppable” Angela Lee overcame a spirited performance from Japanese MMA veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi to clinch the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. Lee and Yamaguchi traded heavy blows and showcased high-level, tactical grappling skills all throughout the fight to the delight of a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium crowd. Yamaguchi started out very strong in the early going, but Lee came on late and scored points for multiple near-finishes. Throughout five grueling rounds, Lee dug deep in the second half of the bout, doing just enough to earn the unanimous decision victory.
In the evening’s co-main event, Roger Gracie of the world-renowned Gracie fighting family of Brazil, dispatched previously-unbeaten opponent Michal Pasternak of Poland with ease, securing a deep arm-triangle choke to end the bout and claim the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship. After a brief striking exchange, Gracie took Pasternak to the ground from the clinch. Pasternak tried his best to escape but within moments the choke was on and Pasternak was put to sleep.
In a highly-anticipated featherweight contest, former ONE Championship belt holders Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia and Kotetsu Boku of Japan went to battle to the delight of the raucous crowd. Jadambaa showcased his complete arsenal of techniques by continuously staggering Boku with powerful strikes, while controlling his Japanese opponent with high-level wrestling. The fight-ending sequence came when Jadambaa was able to take Boku down to the mat, executing a crafty Von Flue choke to put Boku to sleep.
Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee continues his meteoric rise through the ranks with his fourth straight stoppage victory, turning in a sensational performance against the Philippines’ Cary “The Prince” Bullos to win by submission. Lee started off with his familiar unorthodox stance, peppering Bullos with sidekicks. When Bullos tried to close the gap, Lee took advantage by latching onto the Filipino’s neck. Within moments, Lee was able to drag Bullos to the ground, sinking in the Anaconda Choke to force the tap.
In a clash of colossal middleweights, Tatsuya Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan, stopped Egyptian Wushu champion Mohamed Ali in the second round of a scheduled three-round bout. After being on the defensive most of the fight, Mizuno found a way to handle Ali’s tremendous advantage in power to earn the victory. With Ali’s back against the cage, Mizuno delivered a couple of knees and finished off Ali with punches from the top, winning by technical knockout.
Hometown favorite Amir Khan of Singapore turned in a dominant performance, defeating Taiwan’s John “The Blade” Chang by technical knockout in the first round of a lightweight bout. Once Khan was able to take Chang down and gain full mount, the fight was soon over as Chang had no answer for Khan’s ground-and-pound.
Singapore’s Benedict Ang put in a workman-like effort, pummeling his opponent, Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo of the Philippines, from the mounted crucifix position to force a verbal submission. Yabo tried his best to thwart Ang’s takedowns throughout the bout but was largely unsuccessful. In the third round, the 20-year-old Ang sealed the deal with a volley of unanswered punches to earn the stoppage.
Exciting Russian prospect Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev put his unrivaled aggression on display once again, making quick work of China’s Ma Jia Wen in a lightweight contest. Saygid showcased thudding knockout power in decking Ma on multiple occasions, before the spectacular technical knockout victory just under two minutes into the first round.
Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, wasted no time in working over Brad Robinson in the first bout of the evening at ONE: Ascent To Power. Thani utilized well-placed high kicks and scored with takedowns before finishing the fight a few seconds before the first-round bell, courtesy of some powerful ground-and-pound.
ONE: Ascent To Power – Official Results:
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout: Angela Lee def. Mei Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision
ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship bout: Roger Gracie def. Michal Pasternak by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:13 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Narantungalag Jadambaa def. Kotetsu Boku by Submission (Von Flue Choke) at 1:27 minutes of round 3
Featherweight bout: Christian Lee def. Cary Bullos by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:07 minutes of round 1
Middleweight bout: Tatsuya Mizuno def. Mohamed Ali by TKO (Strikes) at 3:52 minutes of round 2
Lightweight bout: Amir Khan def. John Chang by TKO (Strikes) at 3:39 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Benedict Ang def. Jimmy Yabo by TKO (Verbal Submission to Strikes) at 3:11 minutes of round 3
Lightweight bout: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def. Ma Jia Wen by TKO (Strikes) at 1:57 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (88kg): Agilan Thani def. Brad Robinson by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 1