ONE Championship made its first appearance of 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila with ONE: FIRE & FURY. In the main event, reigning strawweight champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio survived the methodical grappling of former champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva to win by razor-thin split decision after five rounds.
Silva would spend the majority of the contest hunting Pacio for the takedown, at times pulling guard to bring matters to the ground where he held the advantage. Pacio, however, would exhibit stellar submission defence, and often was able to get back up to his feet. In the stand-up, Pacio shined by peppering Silva with pinpoint accurate combinations. In the end, Pacio did just enough to earn the decision on the scorecards.
In the co-main event of the evening, Pieter “The Archangel” Buist shocked the partisan Filipino crowd as he defeated two-time lightweight champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang after three rounds. Buist’s length proved problematic early for Folayang, as the Filipino found difficulty in gauging his opponent’s range. The action was fierce by the second round and Buist was starting to hit the mark. “The Archangel” connected on a thudding head kick in the final round, visibly stunning Folayang. In the end, two of three judges saw the bout in favour of Buist who took home a split decision for his efforts.
Former title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad overcame a spirited effort from Chinese foe “The Hunter” Xie Wei to claim victory after three rounds. It was a close bout all throughout, with Xie putting the pressure on Kingad, who opted to lay back and counter. Although both men showed their best offense as they met each other at the centre of the ONE Circle, it was Kingad who exhibited more poise and control. In the end, Kingad did just enough to capture the judges’ scorecards for the unanimous decision verdict.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai bout, former flyweight kickboxing champion Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy outlasted WBC Muay Thai international champion Momotaro to win by majority decision over three rounds. Momotaro came out of the gates with his usual fast pace, bringing the heat to Petchdam in the first frame. Round two was close, as both men put forth their best combinations. In the final round, Petchdam unleashed his signature body kicks to swing the decision in his favour.
Former Shooto bantamweight champion Shoko Sato notched a scintillating submission victory over top Korean MMA prospect “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il. With the action starting at a fast pace, it was the Korean fighter who landed a pair of sharp left jabs early on. It didn’t take long however for the two men to engage in a clinch against the Circle wall. From there, Sato swept Kwon and immediately latched onto his back to fish for the rear naked choke. With the hold secured, Kwon had no choice but to tap.
Japan’s Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada dominated opponent Ivanildo “Monstrinho” Delfino over three rounds to bag an impressive victory in front of Manila’s passionate martial arts fans. Wada was aggressive from start to finish, pouncing on every opening while keeping Delfino on the back foot. As Delfino looked to take matters to the ground, Wada showcased impeccable defence, impressing judges with his relentlessness. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favour of Wada to win by unanimous decision.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai bout, atomweights Alma Juniku and Anne Line Hogstad delighted the packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd with an exciting battle between two top striking talents. Juniku pushed the action in the early going, but Hogstad was right there to meet her at the centre of the ONE Circle. In the third round, Hogstad pounded Juniku with elbows and kicks, and ended the match with more activity. In the end, Hogstad managed to emerge with a majority decision.
In another thunderous performance, Team Lakay’s Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang authored yet another breath-taking performance, making quick work of opponent Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit. After a brief gauge of distance, Adiwang abruptly closed the gap, blasting Mitsatit with a plethora of thudding power punches. An overwhelmed Mitsatit tried his best to cover up against the fence, but Adiwang would get close enough to get a body-lock takedown. On the mat, Adiwang swiftly transitioned into a scarf-hold, where he then caught Mitsatit in a kimura to force the tap.
The Philippines’ Gina “Conviction” Iniong made a triumphant return to professional MMA competition, out striking Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka across three close rounds. Although Roka stood right in front of Iniong hunting for a knockout for the majority of the bout, it was Iniong who beat her constantly to the punch. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favour of Iniong to win by unanimous decision.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Thailand’s Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym turned in a rousing performance, going strike-for-strike with the UK’s very own, Chris Shaw, with the CH7 Muay Thai champion showcasing the full breadth of his skills over the course of three rounds. Behind a steady stream of powerful kicks, Rodlek kept Shaw constantly weary on the defensive end. In the third round, the Thai warrior dropped the Scotsman with a hook just before the final bell to seal the victory. All three judges scored the bout in favour of Rodlek to win by unanimous decision.
In unfortunate circumstances, the MMA atomweight bout between Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres and Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang ended in a No Contest ruling after a series of accidental strikes.
Official results for ONE: FIRE & FURY
ONE Strawweight World Championship:
Joshua Pacio beat Alex Silva by split decision after 5 rounds
Pieter Buist beat Eduard Folayang by split decision after 3 rounds
Danny Kingad beat Xie Wei by unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Muay Thai Flyweight:
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy beat Momotaro by majority decision after 3 rounds
Shoko Sato beat Kwon Won Il by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:05 of round 1
Tatsumitsu Wada beat Ivanildo Delfino by unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Muay Thai Atomweight:
Anne Line Hogstad beat Alma Juniku by majority decision after 3 rounds
MMA Strawweight: Lito Adiwang beat Pongsiri Mitsatit by submission (Kimura) at 3:02 of round 1
Gina Iniong beat Asha Roka by unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Muay Thai Bantamweight:
Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym beat Chris Shaw by unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Jomary Torres vs Jenny Huang – No Contest due to accidental strikes (NC)