Shamil Gasanov and Oh Ho-Taek went the distance at ONE Fight Night 18. Their bantamweight fight headlined the event at Lumpinee Stadium and it was the Russian who got the better of it.

Gasanov looked to take Taek down early in the opening round. The Russian was relentless and constantly looking to take his opponent’s back but the Korean was clearly well prepared.

He was repeatedly able to escape and reverse the position which made for some entertaining scrambles. Gasanov couldn’t control the fight but he did force Taek to spend almost three rounds defending.

Winning ways

In both the second and third rounds Gasanov came close with rear naked choke attempts but Taek was able to peel his fingers away and slip out. The Korean actually scored a takedown of his own at the end of the fight but by then the result was a foregone conclusion.

Gafurov got back to winning ways after the first loss of his career and improves to 14-1. The #4 ranked Russian moves a step closer to title contention while Taek drops to 9-4-1 and is heading in the opposite direction.

Bonus winners

Two $50,000 USD bonuses were handed out by Chatri Sityodtong. Among the winner was Kwon Won-Il (14-4) who stopped Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg (7-5) in the second round, afterwards the Korean called for a shot at bantamweight champion Fabricio Andrade.

Rungrawee Sitsongpeenong also walked away with a $50,000 USD bonus. He stopped Shakir Al-Tekreeti in the second round of their lightweight Muay Thai fight.

ONE Fight Night 18, Bangkok, January 12th
Shamil Gasanov def. Oh Ho-Taek via Decision (Unanimous)
Muay Thai: Suablack Tor Pran49 def. István Ștefan Kóródi via Decision (Unanimous)
Kwon Won-Il def. Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via TKO (Elbows) at 2:40 of R2
Muay Thai: Rungrawee Sitsongpeenong def. Shakir Al-Tekreeti via TKO (Elbow and knee) at 1:44 of R2
Artem Belakh def. Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu via TKO (knee and punches) at 4:55 of R2
Muay Thai: Liam Nolan def. Ali Aliev via Decision (Unanimous)
Kang Ji-Won: def. Mikhail Jamal Abdul-Latif via TKO (Knee and punches) at 4:09 of R2
Kickboxing: Beybulat Isaev def. Yuri Farcaș via Decision (Unanimous)
Ibrahim Dauev def. Mark Abelardo via Decision (Unanimous)