One Championship returned to Thailand this week, as One: Dreams of Gold went down in Bangkok on Aug. 16.
Two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex submits "Knockout Queen" Asha Roka with a TIGHT rear-naked choke in her ONE mixed martial arts debut! #WeAreONE #DreamsOfGold #Bangkok #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/9JtMmpRDFN— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 16, 2019
In the MMA co-main event, Brazil’s Alex Silva locked horns with Indonesian fighter Stefer Rahardian. Evolve MMA representative Silva ground his way through the match by landing numerous takedowns and imposing his suffocating top game. Eventually, Silva’s strategy paid off, as “Little Rock” secured a highlight-reel armbar submission at the very end of the second round, snapping a three-bout losing skid in One’s bantamweight division and moving him to 8-4 overall.
IT’S GOODNIGHT, IRENE— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 16, 2019
Thanh Le knocks out former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku in the very first round! @ThanhLeMMA #WeAreONE #DreamsOfGold #Bangkok #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/5T3FmtglAQ
In the first MMA bout of the main card, former “The Ultimate Fighter” and Dana White's Contender Series competitor Thanh Le sent Kotetsu Boku to the canvas with a beautiful three-piece combination that ended with a vicious right hook, securing him the TKO win at 1:28 of the first round. Le (10-2) heads toward his next fight riding a two-bout winning streak.
Elsewhere, Yusup Saadulaev bested Shuya Kamikubo via unanimous decision; the judges awarded Chan Rothana an unanimous decision over Gustavo Eddy Balart after three rounds of war; Ryuto Sawada quickly solved the Abdul Aziz Calim puzzle by submitting him with a slick rear-naked choke at 1:09 mark of the first round; and Zhikang Zhao submitted Paulus Lumihi via rear-naked choke in the second stanza.