ONE: Danny Kingad grinds out win over China’s Xie
MANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad scored a tough unanimous decision win over China’s Xie Wei in their flyweight bout to get back on the winning track in ONE: Fire and Fury Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Kingad (14-2) was able to dictate the tempo early on with a swift takedown slamming Xie (5-3) to the mat after the Chinese fighter tried to lock the Team Lakay star’s neck.
Xie had his own takedown in the second but Kingad was quickly able to get back on his feet.
The third round saw Xie dictate the pace of the match with his striking but his aggressiveness proved costly when he landed a knee to the back of Kingad’s head while the action was taking place on the ground.
Kingad, who lost to Demetrious Johnson in his previous bout, has now won his seventh bout in eight matches while Xie saw his fight-fight winning streak get snapped.
Meanwhile, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy took a tough unanimous decision win over Momotaro in the ONE Super Series muay thai event (flyweight).
Both fighters were eager to rain blows on each other turning the ONE cage into a virtual phonebooth with both landing strikes in close proximity to each other.
Petchdam eventually got the better of Momotaro in the third with relentless strikes to the body.
Shoko Sato turned an erstwhile stagnant bout into an electrifying one when he submitted Kwon Won Il 4:04 into the first round of their bantamweight match.
South Korea’s Kwon (6-3) nearly escaped from Sato’s (35-17) control but as he was trying to stand up the Japanese peppered him with punches from atop his back.
Sato locked in the rear naked choke prompting Kwon to tap out.
Tatsumitsu Wada also bagged his second win in three matches after a methodical unanimous decision win over Brazil’s Ivanildo Delfino.
Japan’s Wada (22-11) used his grappling to control much of the bout and landing his strikes while he had Delfino (8-1) in the clinch.
Delfino, who made his ONE Championship debut, had his eight-fight winning streak get broken.
Anne Line Hogstad took the a majority decision win over Alma Juniko in the atomweight division of the ONE Super Series Muay Thai event.
Scotland’s Hogstad had the slight advantage in the virtual back-and-forth but Juniku, who hails from Australia, also had her moments.
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