Alyona Rassohyna scores surprising submission win over Stamp Fairtex at ONE: ‘Unbreakable’ Part III
Stamp Fairtex suffered the first loss of her professional MMA career at the hands of Alyona Rassohyna. The Thai is a former ONE atomweight champion in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, but it was her grappling that was tested at ONE: ‘Unbreakable’ Part III
Rassohyna took her down early and there were some fascinating scrambles as Stamp did well to fend off a first round armbar. The 23-year-old landed a lovely elbow in the second and was able to take Rassohyna’s back having defended the takedown.
But it all came apart for the young star in the dying seconds of the fight. Rassohyna got her down with a single leg, and having eaten shots from the bottom, Stamp sought to change position and subsequently found herself in a guillotine, tapping at the 4:53 mark.
The submission win is a big scalp for the Ukrainian as she extends her record to 13-4. The result will potentially earn her a spot in the atomweight Grand Prix while Stamp looks set to miss out after dropping to 5-1.
In the co-main event, Fabricio Andrade produced a massive upset to defeat former Shooto champion, Shoko Sato via unanimous decision. The Brazilian only made his ONE Championship debut in July. But, having impressed with a submission win over Mark Abelardo, he was rewarded with a shot at the #2 ranked Japanese bantamweight.
Having competed for most of his career in kickboxing and Muay Thai, Andrade had the better of the exchanges and landed some slick elbows. One of those strikes left his opponent dripping with blood in the third.
Sato had his moments too but all three judges scored the fight for Andrade who improves to 5-2 and should claim the #2 spot from his opponent. Sato slips to 31-13-2 and sees his six fight winning streak come to an end, his title dreams probably die with it.
Tial Thang (3-0) used his wrestling prowess to devastating effect against Indonesia’s Paul Lumihi (7-5), going on to secure the first TKO victory of his professional career. The Burmese bantamweight showed some excellent clinch work as he dished out some sharp knees before scoring the takedown, ending the first round in full mount.
Thang scored another takedown early in the second round, and this one was a monster. Shooting for the double leg, the Burmese fighter lifted his opponent high before slamming him down hard on the canvas.
With training partner, Aung La Nsang giving instructions from cageside, Thang then went to work with some methodical ground and pound to secure the finish.
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Ji Won Kang (4-0) came from behind to triumph in a barnburner of a scrap against Mehdi Barghi (4-3). The Iranian landed a strong right hook early on, before taking the Korean down with ease. He then dished out a vicious salvo of punches and elbows before working into full mount to continue the punishment.
To his credit, Kang scrambled well to find his feet and landed some good shots of his own. Barghi though, soon found joy with a single leg. Once more, he found full mount and dealt some big blows, but Kang reversed the position to turn the tide.
With the Korean in full mount this time, he seized his moment with aplomb, raining down some heavy shots before taking the back. From there he continued to smash his fists into Barghi’s face as the referee called a stop to the contest.
Elsewhere, Ryuto Sawada extended his record to 14-5-1 with a rear-naked choke in the first round. Japan’s Sawada is now on a two-fight winning streak, while Catalan drops to 9-7.
Ahmed Mujtaba (9-2 ) knocked out India’s Rahul Raju (7-6). The Pakistani folded his opponent with a big overhand right and followed up with an uppercut and a hammer fist to seal the deal.