Kiamrian Abbasov Misses Weight, Stripped of Welterweight Title Ahead of ONE on Prime Video 4

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Abbasov vs Nakashima, Inside the Matrix II Credit: ONE Championship

Only Christian Lee will be eligible to win the ONE welterweight championship this weekend at ONE on Prime Video 4.

During a hectic morning at the scales, a reported ten fighters failed their hydration tests and/or weigh-in for the event, set to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Saturday morning (locally), and airing in U.S. prime time Friday night on Amazon’s Prime Video platform.

The most shocking miss, however, was welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov, who weighed in at 186.5 pounds — a full pound and a half over championship weight (note: ONE uses a modified weight class system, making 185 the acceptable weight for “welterweight”).

The South China Morning Post was among the first to report the news. Abbasov (23-5) took two stabs at his hydration test, passing on the second attempt. But due to missing weight, he lost the title on the scales.

Abbasov is the latest in a string of fighters to be stripped of their title in the past year. Charles Oliveira lost his title in May ahead of UFC 274 after coming in heavy, though the culprit was reportedly a backstage scale that had been inadvertently tampered with by fighters checking their weight.

More recently, another ONE Championship fighter, John Lineker, saw his title stripped for coming in heavy. The bantamweight title remains vacant after Lineker’s fight with Fabricio Andrade ended in a No Contest due to an accidental foul.

Ahead of ONE on Prime Video 4, Kim Jae Woong, Vladimir Kuzmin, Juan Cervantes, and Muay Thai star Rodtang all initially missed weight, with all four all making weight on their second attempt. Hydration was another matter, with Bibiano Fernandes, Stephan Loman, and Jonathan Haggerty all failing two attempts. Several other fighters failed hydration tests on their first attempt, but passed on a subsequent attempt.

ONE on Prime Video 4 airs this Friday, November 18, 2022 on Prime Video with the following fights attached:

  • Kiamrian Abbasov vs. Christian Lee – for the ONE welterweight championship, only Lee eligible to win title
  • Rodtang (c) vs. Joseph Lasiri – for the ONE flyweight Muay Thai championship
  • Bibiano Fernandes vs. Stephen Loman
  • Cosmo Alexandre vs. Juan Cervantes – Muay Thai
  • Kevin Belingon vs. Kim Jae Woong
  • Jonathan Haggerty vs. Vladimir Kuzmin – Muay Thai
  • Ruslan Emilbek Uulu vs. Isi Fitikefu
  • Danielle Kelly vs. Mariia Molchanova – Submission Grappling
  • Liam Nolan vs. Eddie Abasolo – Muay Thai