ONE 158: Know How Underdogs, Guto Inocente, Tatsumitsu Wada, and Simon Carson, Could Leave With Significant Victories

Published 06/02/2022, 10:45 AM EDT

ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen is right around the corner, and fans should be excited for this all-star bill this Friday, 3 June.

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In the main event of the night, Muay Thai superstar Tawanchai PK. Saenchai trades leather with Danish WBC Muay Thai World Champion Niclas Larsen.

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The winner gets a guaranteed shot at Pecthmorakot Petchyindee’s ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title.

Apart from that epic headliner showcase, the card is packed with fighters who are ready to pick up some special wins inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

There are also a certain number of underdogs who can spoil their party, and we take a look at three such athletes who could leave Singapore with possibly their greatest career wins.

ONE 158: Underdogs to watch out for

#1 Guto Inocente 

Guto Inocente has proved that he has all the tools to succeed on the global stage, but his striking weapons will be put under the spotlight against the division’s most dangerous man at ONE 158 – Serb tank Rade Opacic.

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Inocente annihilated Portuguese star Bruno Susano in his debut outing, using his high fight IQ, patience, and counter-attacking style to pick up his 39th career win.

He will have to dig deep against Opacic, though. The Serbian striking machine has amassed a 4-0 run in ONE Super Series, pushing him as a favorite to contest for the division’s inaugural kickboxing gold.

However, if the Brazilian martial artist can weather the storm and perhaps hit harder than his 24-year-old adversary, he could leave the night with a significant win.

Could Tatsumitsu Wada get the job done against Kairat Akhmetov?

#2 Tatsumitsu Wada 

Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov has been on a roll in his last four outings inside the Circle, but if there’s an athlete who could prove to be a kryptonite to his style, Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada is that man.

The Japanese sensation is comfortable in any situation and can finish rivals in the stand-up game or on the canvas. His well-balanced arsenal makes him a puzzling foe, and that might push him to a memorable win over the former ONE Flyweight World Champion.

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Wada’s reach and frame could be key in this battle. Besides, the Japanese fighter has 37 bouts to his name, and that too could be the decisive factor against the Kazakh grappling wizard.

Can the Australian make an impact against unstoppable Marcus Almeida?

#3 Simon Carson

Simon Carson enters ONE 158 perhaps as the biggest underdog on the 13-match fight card.

The Australian talent goes to war against heavyweight favorite Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.

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The multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion has taken to MMA like a duck to water, accomplishing two first-round finishes against Kang Ji Won and Anderson Silva.

However, his striking has yet to be tested in ONE, and Carson could be the man to expose the flaws in his striking arsenal.

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It won’t be easy as Carson needs to enter the pocket to connect, which might give Almeida enough room to maneuver for a takedown. But if the Absolute MMA Melbourne star can catch “Buchecha’s” chin in the midst of it, he could score the biggest upset of the night.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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