ONE Fight Night 18: Shamil Gasanov Gets on the Winning Column as Ranked Contenders Impress in Their Bouts

Published 01/15/2024, 10:22 AM EST

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ONE Fight Night 18 started the year for ONE Championship with a bang following a card that featured intense action.

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Top-five contenders delivered in a big way, holding down their spots in the rankings and putting themselves in good position to challenge for gold soon.

Shamil Gasanov won his battle against Oh Ho Taek and proved his dominance

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In the main event, #4-ranked Shamil Gasanov returned to the win column by taking out the dangerous Oh Ho Taek in a three-round war. 

“The Cobra” showed why he is one of the best grapplers on the planet today by overwhelming the South Korean with his ground game throughout the match. Despite his best defenses, Oh could not muster nearly enough offense to convince the judges that he won the fight.

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By taking a unanimous decision victory, Gasanov has cemented his spot on the rankings and will surely have an eye out on who will be the undisputed ONE Featherweight MMA World Champion at ONE 166: Qatar on March 1. 

In the co-main event, Suablack Tor Pran49 continued to roll as he made his Prime Video debut. The Thai star wasted no time in ending Stefan Korodi’s promotional bow with a second-round TKO, announcing his presence in the bantamweight Muay Thai division. 

 

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Meanwhile, both ranked bantamweight MMA contenders put on strong performances.

In a battle between two hard-hitting strikers, #3-ranked Kwon Won Il proved to be more creative in his offense against Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg. “Pretty Boy” escaped danger from the Mongolian’s guillotine choke and proceeded to rain down punches on his opponent for the second-round TKO win. 

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For his part, #4-ranked Artem Belakh also had to fight for his win against the streaking Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu. The Mongolian was masterful on the ground against Belakh throughout the match, fully taking control of the ranked fighter.

However, the Russian broke free from his opponent’s clutches in the waning seconds of round two and landed a perfectly timed knee that wobbled his opponent. It was the beginning of the end for Baatarkhuu, as Belakh pounced at the opportunity and took the second-round TKO win. 

A complete look at the full results of the night

Here are the complete results of this weekend’s action: 

Shamil “The Cobra” Gasanov defeats Oh Ho “Spider” Taek via unanimous decision (Featherweight MMA)

Suablack Tor Pran49 defeats Stefan Korodi via unanimous decision (Bantamweight Muay Thai)

“Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il defeats Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via TKO at 2:40 of round two (Bantamweight MMA)

Rungrawee “Legatron” Sitsongpeenong defeats Shakir Al-Tekreeti via TKO at 1:44 of round two (Lightweight Muay Thai)

Artem Belakh defeats Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu via TKO at 4:55 of round two (Bantamweight MMA)

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Liam “Lethal” Nolan defeats Ali Aliev via unanimous decision (Lightweight Muay Thai)

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 “Mighty Warrior” Kang Ji Won defeats Mikhail Jamal Abdul-Latif via TKO at 4:09 of round two (Heavyweight MMA)

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Beybulat Isaev defeats Yuri Farcas via unanimous decision (Light Heavyweight Kickboxing)

Ibragim Dauev defeats Mark “Tyson” Abelardo via unanimous decision (Bantamweight MMA)

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Anirban Chatterjee

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