Things were not looking good for Nong-O Gaiyanghadao in round three of his bantamweight Muay Thai title fight with Alaverdi Ramazanov. The champion seemed on the verge of being overwhelmed by the power of his much taller opponent but rallied to stop the Russian with a barrage of third round punches.

In the opening round Nong-O was applying constant pressure while throwing body kicks and straight right hands. Ramazanov used his footwork to evade the champion and landed a right hand in the closing exchanges which briefly put his off balance opponent on his back.

The second round was a different story as Ramazanov started to find his range. He was switching stance, throwing teeps and becoming an increasingly difficult target for Nong-O who started to find himself on the receiving end of some straight punches to the body and head.

Ten out of ten

The momentum seemed to be with the Russian at this stage. But Nong-O, who was bleeding from a cut to the forehead, came out of his corner for the third round like a man possessed.

He pressed forwards throwing punches and low kicks. A step in knee to the midsection from Ramazanov did not deter Nong-O who landed a sharp elbow on the break and kept coming forwards.

Having circled away effectively all fight Ramazanov now found himself trapped against the ropes where Nong-O began to unload punches. With no offence coming from the Russian he viciously targeted the head and body.

It was a left hook to the liver that ultimately finished the fight, dropping Ramazanov at the 2:14 mark. Nong-O has now won ten fights out of ten for ONE Championship with his last five wins coming inside the distance.

Lucrative night

After the fight he was awarded a $50,000 USD bonus. The latter portion of the card was broadcast live by Channel 7 and produced some fantastic action with a knockdown in every fight.

It was also a lucrative night for Saeksan Or Kwanmuang who walked away with a $50,000 USD bonus after an incredible fight with Tyson Harrison. The Australian looked far larger in this 140lbs catchweight contest but the Thai attacked him relentlessly.

Harrison clearly got the better of the second round after a strong start from Saeksan. But the Thai came out swinging in the third to earn the nod from two of the three judges.

ONE Friday Fights 1, Bangkok, January 21st
Prajanchai P.K.Saenchai def. Kompetch Sitsarawatsuer via Decision (Unanimous)
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (c) def. Alaverdi Ramazanov via KO (Punches) at 2:14 of R3
Khunsueklek UFABoomdeksean def. Petchbanrai Singhamawynn via Decision (Unanimous)
Khomarwut F.A.Group def. Saensiri Petch Por Tor Or via Decision (Unanimous)
Sonrak Fairtex def. Tai Sor.Jor. Piek-U-Thai via Decision (Majority)
Sakaengam Jitmuangnon def. Suayai Chor.Hapayak via KO (Punch) at 2:47 of R1
Saeksan Or Kwanmuang def. Tyson Harrison via Decision (Split)
MMA: Richard Godoy def. Alexy Lyapunov via Decision (Split)
Muangthai P.K.Saenchai def. Mavlud Tupiev via Decision (Unanimous)
Josh Hill def. Keivan Soleimani via Decision (Unanimous)
MMA: Colton Kielbasa def. Akihiro Fujisawa via Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 0:57 of R1
Muhammed Sadeghi def. Angelos Giakoumis via Decision (Unanimous)