Kin­gad over­pow­ers foe in ‘Vi­sions of Vic­tory’

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AF­TER fall­ing short in his bid to be­come a world cham­pion last Novem­ber, for­mer fly­weight ti­tle chal­lenger Danny Kin­gad rein­serted his name into the win­ner’s col­umn, pick­ing up a hard­earned vic­tory at the ex­pense of Bul­gar­ian mar­tial artist Sotir Kichukov.

With an in­cred­i­ble dis­play of strength, Kin­gad im­pressed with a high-level strik­ing and grap­pling per­for­mance af­ter three fierce back-and-forth rounds in the un­der­card of One Cham­pi­onship’s Vi­sions of Vic­tory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Fri­day evening.

Kin­gad of Team Lakay, who en­joyed most of the bout un­cork­ing his lash­ing hooks and scor­ing suc­cess­ful take­downs, wore down Kichukov with hard blows from dom­i­nant po­si­tions.

De­spite Kin­gad’s men­ac­ing ad­vances, Kichukov did not go down eas­ily as he fished for sub­mis­sion both in the sec­ond and third rounds. How­ever, Kin­gad pow­ered him­self out of Kichukov’s at­tempts and out­lasted his op­po­nent to earn the unani- mous de­ci­sion.

In the main event, Reece McLaren turned in a spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance by rout­ing Malaysian home­town hero Gianni Subba, so­lid­i­fy­ing his po­si­tion as a top con­tender in ONE Cham­pi­onship’s stacked fly­weight di­vi­sion.

McLaren flaunted his fluid strik­ing, re­peat­edly ham­mer­ing Subba with sting­ing punches and lash­ing leg kicks. In the end, McLaren’s im­pec­ca­ble ground game se­cured the fin­ish for “Light­ning” as he forced Subba to wave the white flag with an arm tri­an­gle sub­mis­sion in the sec­ond round to win in a ONE fly­weight world cham­pi­onship ti­tle elim­i­na­tor.

In the co-main event of the evening, 22-year-old Agi­lan Thani au­thored another awe-in­spir­ing per­for­mance, over­whelm­ing new­comer Amitesh Chaubey with his thun­der­ous slams and pow­er­ful groun­dand-pound.

The ac­tion be­gan with strikes at the cen­ter of the ONE cage as Chaubey goaded Thani into a strik­ing ex­change. Once Thani was able to close the dis­tance how­ever, the Malaysian wrestler dumped Chaubey onto the mat and eas­ily tran­si­tioned into full mount.

From top po­si­tion, Thani blasted Chaubey with ground strikes to fin­ish the round. The sec­ond round saw much of the same from Thani, but af­ter another over­head slam that ended in side con­trol, “Al­li­ga­tor” im­me­di­ately sourced an Amer­i­cana to force the tap.

With another spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance, 19-year-old Chris­tian Lee marched to vic­tory once more, sub­mit­ting Ja­panese vet­eran Kazunori Yokota with a deep guil­lo­tine choke in the sec­ond round.

Lee over­whelmed Yokota from start to fin­ish, keep­ing his op­po­nent on the de­fen­sive with his strik­ing be­fore tak­ing mat­ters to the ground.

On the mat, Lee con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, eas­ily tran­si­tion­ing to full mount while pun­ish­ing Yokota with hard blows. In the sec­ond round, Lee sunk in a guil­lo­tine choke, leav­ing Yokota with no other op­tion but to tap. Rod­er­ick Osis

Con­tributed photo

WIN­NING CIR­CLE. Team Lakay’s Danny Kin­gad re­turn to the win col­umn af­ter beat­ing Bul­gar­ian mar­tial artist Sotir Kichukov in the un­der­card of One Cham­pi­onship’s Vi­sions of Vic­tory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Fri­day evening.

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