ONE Results: Regian Eersel Retains Kickboxing World Title
ONE Championship held ONE: Fists of Fury III from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday.
In the main event, reigning ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian “The Immortal” Eersel retained his World Title with a unanimous decision victory over #2-ranked contender Mustapha “Dynamite” Haida.
After a closely contested first round, action escalated in the second as Eersel put the pressure on Haida, using his height and reach advantage to stifle his opponent. Haida tried to keep up with Eersel’s furious pace and wanted to stay competitive throughout the third, but the defending World Champion proved to be the busier, more accurate striker.
In the championship rounds, Haida employed a sustained body attack, digging into Eersel’s midsection with frequency. But “The Immortal” put his superior athleticism on full display, ripping “Dynamite” with blistering combinations and a plethora of flying knees to maintain forward pressure until the final bell. In the end, both men were still standing despite a grueling five-round battle.
In the Muay Thai co-main event, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion and #2-ranked atomweight Muay Thai contender Janet “JT” Todd put forth a commanding performance to outstrike and defeat #4-ranked atomweight Muay Thai contender Alma Juniku. Both fighters were aggressive throughout an even first round, with neither backing down from the center of the Circle. In the second frame, Todd showcased her impressive boxing skills and dropped Juniku for the count with a straight right hand. The women then went blow-for-blow in the third round, but it was Todd who secured the unanimous decision victory.
Hiroba Minowa took home the biggest victory of his young career, earning a close split decision over former ONE Strawweight World Champion and current #5-ranked strawweight contender Alex “Little Rock” Silva. Silva controlled the action early, as the fight quickly transitioned into a grappling match. “Little Rock” threatened with a host of submissions at every position, forcing Minowa to defend. In the third round, the Japanese phenom turned the tide with his striking, scoring in the damage category to narrowly edge out Silva on the scorecards.
Official Results for ONE: FISTS OF FURY III
Kickboxing – Lightweight: Regian Eersel defeats Mustapha Haida via Unanimous Decision
Muay Thai – Atomweight: Janet Todd defeats Alma Juniku via Unanimous Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight: Hiroba Minowa defeats Alex Silva via Split Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight: Jenelyn Olsim defeats Maira Mazar via Submission (Power Guillotine) at 0:41 of Round 3
Mixed Martial Arts – Flyweight: Roshan Mainam defeats Aziz Calim via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:45 of Round 1
Mixed Martial Arts – Flyweight: Hu Yong defeats Yodkaikaew Fairtex via Unanimous Decision