In a gruelling five-round title fight, reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes turned in a gutsy performance, overcoming a spirited effort from ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen to earn a razor-thin split decision win in Bangkok. The action was electric all throughout the bout, with both men having their moments. Although Nguyen landed the harder, more telling blows, Fernandes was the busier ma and performed slightly better overall with his takedowns and accurate combinations. In the final frame, Fernandes pulled away just slightly, outworking Nguyen over the last five minutes of the contest. In the end, the Brazilian did just enough to retain his title in front of a packed Impact Arena crowd. The victory cemented Fernandes’ claim as the best in the world at bantamweight, earning him a record eight title defenses to remain the most dominant ONE world champion in history.
In the co-main event of the evening, Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado overcame insurmountable odds, knocking out former world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in the first round. In a wild exchange of punches, Miado clipped Amnuaysirichoke with a thunderous right cross, sending the Thai hometown hero crashing to the canvas as the referee waved off the contest immediately.
Another major talking point of the night saw submission wizard Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon impressed in his highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut, toppling Filipino lightweight Richard Corminal in his maiden assignment wearing four-ounce gloves on the premier martial arts stage. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar put forth a dominant striking performance, unveiling a new dimension to his evolving skill set by putting together dynamic combinations. In an offensive clinic against his Filipino counterpart, Tonon overwhelmed Corminal with punishing strikes from the get-go, blasting his opponent with rocking right hands and cracking kicks. In the second round, Tonon took matters to the ground and quickly got mount, finishing Corminal with a pair of elbows.
Official results for ONE: IRON WILL
ONE Bantamweight World Championship Bout
Bibiano Fernandes defeats Martin Nguyen by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Jeremy Miado defeats Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by Knockout at 1:29 minutes of round 1
Shannon Wiratchai defeats Rahul Raju by Knockout (KO) at 0:21 minutes of round 1
Angelie Sabanal defeats Rika Ishige by Unanimous Decision (UD)
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev defeats Tetsuya Yamada by Submission (Armbar) at 2:51 minutes of round 3
Waqar Umar defeats Zhao Zhi Kang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
Garry Tonon defeats Richard Corminal by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40 minutes of round 2
Kritsada Kongsrichai defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Slam) at 1:40 minutes of round 1
Alain Ngalani defeats Ariunbold Tur-Ochir by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Gilberto Galvao defeats Jake Butler by TKO (Strikes) at 0:07 minutes of round 2
Sunoto defeats Hisyam Samsudin by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds