Sittichai Sitsongpeenong secured his spot in the featherweight Grand Prix final with a third win over Davit Kiria. Their kickboxing bout headlined the card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Numerous fighters pulled out from ONE: ‘Only the Brave’ due to Covid-19 but nine fights still went ahead. In the main event Sittichai found a home for his trademark left kick right from the start.

The Thai southpaw was also throwing left knees and push kicks with Kiria completely unable to find his own rhythm as a result. There was more of the same in the second round with the Thai mixing up his attacks to very good effect.

Sittichai kicks Davit Kiria

Constant pressure

While he never looked like scoring a stoppage the constant pressure from Sittichai rendered Kiria incapable of launching any offence. With virtually the final strike of the second round he landed a glancing head kick which put the Georgian down for the count.

Sittichai continued to use Kiria for target practice in the third round but couldn’t close the show. It gave the judges a very easy decision as all three awarded the Thai a win which sees him progress to the Grand Prix final.

Sittichai winner 2

Cashing in

In the first semi final of the night Chingiz Allazov wasted no time in taking out Jo Nattawut. He knocked the Thai fighter down twice as well as flooring him with a teep and picked up a $50,000 USD bonus for his efforts.

Nattawut was blown away by a non stop onslaught of punches and kicks. He barely beat the count after the first knockdown and when he found himself on the floor a second time the Thai decided to call it quits.

Allazov’s devastating power and precision has been on display in both his Grand Prix bouts. He has been the most impressive fighter in the tournament and and will be looking to put in a similar performance when he faces Sittichai in the final at ONE: ‘X’.

Chingiz Allazov knocks down Jo Nattawut

Best of the rest

Earlier in the evening Lipeng Zhang (32-11-2) also earned himself a $50,000 USD bonus. He finished Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (13-2) with a left hook after just 32 seconds of the first round in their lightweight bout.

There was also a big win for Jarred Brooks (18-2). He dominated Hiroba Minowa (13-3) from start to finish to score a unanimous decision win and put himself in pole position for a strawweight title shot.

ONE: ‘Only the Brave’, Singapore, January 28th
Kickboxing: Sittichai Sitspongpeenong def. Davit Kiria via Decision (Unanimous)
Chingiz Allazov def. Jo Nattawut via KO (Punches) at 1:55 of R1
Lipeng Zhang def. Ruslan Emilbek Uulu via KO (Punches) at 0:32 of R1
Kickboxing: Rade Opacic def. Francesko Xhaja via TKO (Punches) at 2:00 of R2
Hiroyuki Tetsuka def. Edson Marques by KO (punch) at 1:05 of R3
Jarred Brooks def. Koha Minowa via Decision (Unanimous)
Kickboxing: Ivan Kondratev def. Dovydas Rimkus via KO (Punch) at 0:35 of R3
Tatsumitsu Wada def. Shuo Wang via Decision (Unanimous)
Otgonjargal Purev def. Micael De Jesus via Decision (Unanimous)