So Yul Kim looks like she could be a force to be reckoned with in ONE Championship’s atomweight division. The Korean submitted Noelle Grandjean in the second round at ONE Friday Fights 28.
Their fight was the first on the card at Lumpinee Stadium. Grandjean has already signed with the promotion and earned $50,000 USD for her stoppage win over Lea Bivins at ONE Fight Night 3.
Kim now has five wins from her six fights on ONE Warrior Series cards and the Friday night fights at Lumpinee Stadium. The two traded right hands in the opening round with Grandjean eventually catching a kick and taking the Korean down.
She looked to sink in a guillotine from top position but Kim worked her way out and they finished the round on their feet with Grandjean scoring with some crisp right hands. They traded right hands again at the start of the second stanza.
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Kim started to pick up the pace and began to control the striking exchanges. The Korean was in the ascendancy but with two minutes remaining in the round Grandjean secured a much needed takedown.
Kim landed an illegal up kick and got a talking too from the referee. He reset them in the same position and as Grandjean moved into her opponent’s guard she found herself caught in a triangle choke.
There was no escape and as Kim moved into mount Grandjean was forced to tap at the 3:57 mark. It was the first loss of her career and she drops to 4-1 while the Korean makes it seen wins in a row and improves to 8-1.
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In the second MMA fight of the night Sanzhar Zakirov totally dominated Dave Bangguigui. The Uzbek was able to take the Team Lakay prospect down and keep him down.
It was one way traffic with Bangguigui barely landing a single strike. The referee eventually decided to step in and stop the fight with 39 seconds remaining in the final round as Zakirov landed strike after strike to the helpless Filipino.
Zakirov took this fight at short notice. But he has improved his record to 5-0 and enhanced his reputation as one of the top strawweight prospects in Eastern Europe while Bangguigui drops to 9-2.