Kairat Akhmetov finished off his 2021 with a convincing win over Danny Kingad at ONE: Winter Warriors II.
The former flyweight champion bested Kingad over three rounds from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
Akhmetov was relentless with his wrestling throughout the contest, consistently driving Kingad backward with powerful shots. On the ground, the Kazakhstani fighter controlled the action with technical precision. While Kingad did have his moments, they were few and far between as Akhmetov asserted himself at every juncture.
In the co-main event, Kwon Won Il authored a shocking knockout victory over former ONE bantamweight champion and current #2-ranked contender Kevin Belingon.
The tall and lanky South Korean attacked Belingon with a steady stream of punching combinations from the opening bell, while the Filipino star fired back with his patented spinning attacks.
A thunderous left hook to the body in the second frame crumpled Belingon instantly, and the former bantamweight king was unable to continue. The official finish came at the 0:52 mark of round two.
Official Results for ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II
MMA – Flyweight: Kairat Akhmetov def. Danny Kingad via Unanimous DecisionMMA – Bantamweight: Kwon Won Il def. Kevin Belingon via KO at 0:52 of R2 MMA – Catchweight (95 KG): Vitaly Bigdash def. Fan Rong via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:41 of R3 MMA – Welterweight: Murad Ramazanov def. Zebaztian Kadestam via Unanimous Decision MMA – Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Yusup Saadulaev via TKO at 4:09 of R1 MMA – Bantamweight: Jhanlo Mark Sangiao def. Paul Lumihi via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) at 1:41 of R1 Kickboxing – Lightweight: Arian Sadikovic def. Mustapha Haida via Unanimous Decision MMA – Bantamweight: Fabricio Andrade def. Li Kai Wen via TKO at 4:41 of R1 Muay Thai – Catchweight (57.85 KG): Joseph Lasiri def. Asahi Shinagawa via KO at 2:05 of R1