THE largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, returned to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with another thrilling evening of world-class martial arts action.
ONE: Inside the Matrix III, a previously recorded event broadcast globally last Friday, Nov.13, featured compelling action from the world’s top mixed martial arts stars.
In the main event, Brazilian thunderbolt John “Hands of Stone” Lineker used a dynamic performance to stop former ONE bantamweight world champion and current top-ranked contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in the second round.
Lineker and Belingon met at the center of the ONE Circle and looked to trade their heaviest shots. Belingon dazzled with his usual display of flashy spinning attacks and powerful combinations, while Lineker kept tight pressure and battered the Filipino with concussive hooks and uppercuts.
In the middle of the second round, a right uppercut to the temple dropped Belingon, and Lineker quickly swarmed his foe to earn the technical knockout victory.
With the win, the Brazilian announced himself as a serious threat to reigning ONE bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes.
In the co-main event, former ONE Flyweight world champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines put on a striking clinic against South Korea’s “Running Man” Song Min Jong.
It was a vintage performance for the Team Lakay veteran, as Eustaquio dominated with a showcase of sharp counterstrikes.
Song would look to employ his grappling, but Eustaquio used his experience to escape a ground battle.
In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Eustaquio to win by unanimous decision.
Undefeated Murad Ramazanov of Russia pushed his record to 10-0 with a one-sided domination of former Pancrase Champion Hiroyuki “Japanese Beast” Tetsuka of Japan.
Ramazanov controlled the pace by pressuring Tetsuka against the Circle Wall in order to land multiple takedown attempts.
Tetsuka had brief moments of brilliance on the feet, but it wasn’t enough to offset Ramazanov’s impressive grappling. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Ramazanov to win by unanimous decision.