ONE Championship: Reign of Kings saw the return of Renzo Gracie, the continued success of Gary Tonon in MMA, and Martin Nguyen fall short again in the quest for triple gold.
Not only was the UFC back in full swing over the weekend, but ONE Championship was a well, bringing a stacked card to Manila, Philippine’s Mall of Asia Arena. There, the Asian MMA powerhouse brought with it some powerful names: Tonon. Aoki. Renzo Gracie! It was enough to set the grappling world afire, but these were MMA bouts, plus a main event of Martin Nguyen facing Kevin Belingon for the promotion’s interim bantamweight title.
While Australia’s Nguyen would once again fall short in his pursuit of triple gold, the aforementioned Tonon, Aoki, and Gracie all won big. As did Eduard Folayang, the former lightweight champ looking to reestablish himself at the top of the division.
Full results and a gallery of all the highlights can be found below!
ONE Championship: Reign of Kings Results
Kevin Belingon def. Martin Nguyen by unanimous decision – For the Interim ONE Bantamweight Championship
Shinya Aoki def. Shannon Wiratchai by TKO, Round 1, 2:16
Renzo Gracie def. Yuki Kondo by submission (rear naked choke), Round 2, 1:40
Eduard Folayang def. Aziz Pahrudinov by unanimous decision
Garry Tonon def. Rahul Raju by submission (rear naked choke), Round 3, 3:27
Armen Petrosyan def. Chris Ngimbi – ONE Super Series Kickboxing
Panicos Yusuf def. Han Zi Hao by unanimous decision – ONE Super Series Muay Thai
Joshua Pacio def. Pongsiri Mitsatit by submission (Hammerlock), Round 1, 3:37
Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai def. Brown Pinas by unanimous decision – ONE Super Series Muay Thai
Rene Catalan def. Stefer Rahardian by unanimous decision
Xie Bin def. Sor Sey by submission (D’arce choke), Round 1, 1:55