The Body Lock brings you live results and round-by-round commentary for all of the action at ONE: Iron Will in Bangkok, Thailand.
The event is headlined by Martin Nguyen’s attempt at becoming a three-division champion when he takes on Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship. Nguyen became the organization’s first-ever two-division champion when he defeated Marat Gafurov and Eduard Folayang to claim the featherweight and lightweight title.
ONE: Iron Will also features the MMA debut of Garry Tonon. Tonon is one of the most highly regarded submission grappler’s in the No-Gi scene and his debut as a mixed martial artist will capture the attention of many.
Two Thai mixed martial artists will look to return to winning ways on the main card of ONE: Iron Will. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke hopes to score a victory after losing to Riku Shibuya. Shannon Wiratchai will look to bounce back after a stunning loss to Rasul Yakhyaev.
Also on the card is Thai fan-favorite Rika Ishige, who will attempt to make it two wins in a row after she defeated Rome Trinidad in December.
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Martin Nguyen
Martin Nguyen locks down the center of the cage. Lots of feinting so far, but no strikes are being attempted. Bibiano circling with his back to the cage and Nguyen is pressing forward. Fernandes attempts a takedown but Nguyen stays strong in the hips and shrugs away the attempt with ease. Nguyen lands a knee in the clinch and then resets back in the middle. Bibiano counters a Nguyen right hand with a right hand of his own. Nguyen attempts his signature overhand right but Fernandes slips. Nguyen slams a right leg kick into the lead leg of Fernandes. He goes back to it straight away and it has a significant impact. Fernandes slips the right hand from Nguyen again. Bibiano shoots in but Nguyen shrugs it away again.
Lots of leg kicks are missing their target in the opening minute of this round. Nguyen still pressing Fernandes backward. His composure is outstanding and he is dictating the position of the fight so far. Nguyen is looking for a way to connect with his right hand that Fernandes seems to have had an answer for so far. Fernandes catches a Nguyen kick and walks him back to the cage. The best punch of the fight so far was from Bibiano and he landed cleanly on the nose of Nguyen with a right hand. Fernandes gets the takedown but Nguyen scrambles right back to his feet with ease.
It’s Fernandes pressing the action now as he puts Nguyen’s back against the cage. He strikes Nguyen to the head and body but none of the strikes are all that significant. Nguyen goes back to the leg kick and takes away the lead leg of Fernandes. That’s been the biggest weapon for him so far. Nguyen misses with another right and Fernandes answers back with his own for the second time tonight. Nguyen opens up Fernandes with an elbow and then lands big with his right hand. Fernandes shakes it off. Nguyen seems to be controlling the stand-up now and has improved his timing. Fernandes shoots and gets deep on a single leg, Nguyen scrambles. Fernandes jumps on the back of Nguyen. Nguyen walks backward to the cage and keeps Fernandes from working from the back.
Fernandes lands a leg kick into the lead leg of Nguyen. Fernandes gets the takedown. Nguyen trying to slide up the cage and stand back up. Against the cage now and Nguyen is trying to open up the cut of Fernandes. The two move back to the middle. Nguyen in the center. Referee Olivier Coste calls for more action. Nguyen is slowing the pace down now and seems to be waiting for that one big shot. Fernandes is landing cleanly with punches. The two engage on the against the cage again and Nguyen is forced to defend an onslaught of strikes from Fernandes.
Fernandes sticks Nguyen with a jab. Nguyen throws out the overhand right but can’t connect. Fernandes pushes Nguyen to the cage. It’s Nguyen now landing with the jab. The overhand right is making more of an appearance now. Nguyen exploring different angles as he moves forward. The kick lands again on the calf of Fernandes, that’s been the most effective strike for Nguyen so far. Fernandes rocks Nguyen and he falls to the mat. He gets right back up but looks a little wobbly. That right there is probably enough for Fernandes to turn the fight in his favor.
Official Result: Bibiano Fernandes def. Martin Nguyen by unanimous decision
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Jeremy Miado
Miado starts with a quick jab. He then sits back before unloading another rapid 1-2. Miado looks lightning-fast so far. Dejdamrong is in the middle of the cage, but Miado walks forward with confidence and unloads a combination that floors DSA. The uppercut is the signature on this series and sends Dedamrong crashing into the mat.
Official Result: Jeremy Miado def. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:29
Shannon Wiratchai vs. Rahul Raju
This one was over as quickly as it began. Rahul Raju marched forward but Shannon Wiratchai connected with a right hand that shut Raju’s lights off instantly.
It’s all over.
Official Result: Shannon Wiratchai def. Rahul Raju via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:21
Rika Ishige vs. Angelie Sabanal
Rika Ishige starts with a high kick and Sabanal quickly returns with a kick of her own. Ishige’s kicks to the body are being caught by Sabanal. It happens again and the Filipino trips Ishige to the mat. Ishige escapes to the dogfight position but can’t drive Sabanal to the mat. Ishige is now working Sabanal against the cage. Ishige seems a little fatigued already but manages to drive Sabanal backward. Tough round for the Thai fighter who struggled against the strength of Sabanal.
Patient start to the round by both fighters who have now slowed after the intense work in clinch earlier. Sabanal bullying Ishige against the cage now. Ishige’s corner is calling for a takedown but she seems to lack the explosiveness required to get her stronger opponent down to the mat. Sabanal is landing the cleaner strikes in the second round and is happily countering the advances of Ishige.
Ishige storms out at the start of round three and attempts to kick into second gear. Her timing is being thrown off by the work of Sabanal’s lead hand which is continually touching Ishige’s left hand. Ishige marches forward and gets double underhooks against the cage but is unable to get her opponent to the ground. The takedown finally comes for Ishige as she instead chooses to trip Sabanal rather than attempting to throw. Ishige lifts her arms and plays to the crowd, but she needs to ramp up the action here in the final minute.
Official Result: Angelie Sabanal defeats Rika Ishige via unanimous decision
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Tetsuya Yamada
Yamada gets things going with a left kick to the body that misses. He slams another kick into the legs of his opponent but is tripped and falls on his back. Arslanaliev crashes the open guard of Yamada but is unable to land anything really impactful. Yamada is a smooth operator from his back and attempts a submission. It fails. While on top, Yamada starts to work but Arslanaliev seems a little too powerful in these exchanges so far. Yamada rushes forward with a punch but runs into a stiff right hand from Arslanaliev.
The story is again Arslanaliev being too strong in the grappling exchanges. He throws Yamada to the mat but is soon trapped in guard. Yamada desperately wants the fight on the mat. Every time Yamada attempts a strike he falls to the canvas in an attempt to take the action to the ground. He ends the round by staying active from inside the full guard of Arslanaliev.
Yamada eventually gets deep on the single leg takedown that he has wanted but is unable to follow through. He sits back and encourages Arslanaliev to come to the mat. Referee Olivier Coste has been busy restarting the fight so far. Yamada illegally kicks Arslanaliev in the face while he was grounded and Olivier Coste is again forced to step in. The fight restarts and Arslanaliev stings Yamada with a jab to the nose. The crowd is unhappy with Yamada’s tactics, as he continues to fall to the mat intentionally. In a surprise turn of events, Arslanaliev begins to attack the fading Yamada on the mat and locks up an armbar after an effective swim move. Great submission victory.
Official Result: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev defeats Tetsuya Yamada via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:51
Waqar Umar vs. Zhao Zhi Kang
Zhao Zhi Kang gets Waqar Umar to the mat but is soon trapped in full guard. Umar is defending against possible transitions. He’s also looking for armbar attacks. He has enough grip to threaten the submission, but Zhao Zhi Kang escapes. Umar scrambles away and secures the back of his opponent. He’s got just one hook in and begins to look for the second. Umar has a tight body triangle locked around the waist of his opponent now. Zhao Zhi Kang rolls and makes it difficult for Umar to work any submission. Umar flattens out Zhao Zhi Kang and locks up the rear-naked choke.
Official Result: Waqar Umar def. Zhao Zhi Kang via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:21
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Garry Tonon vs. Richard Corminal
Tonon comes out and immediately starts switching stance. Nice leg kick from Corminal. Tonon is looking very relaxed so far. Happy standing up with Corminal at the moment. Tonon isn’t offering much offense yet, and is in no rush to take this down to the mat. Corminal lands a straight right to the body. Tonon’s hands are low now and comes forward with a right kick to the body. Tonon is moving his head well and slipping the strikes that are coming at his head. With 90 seconds to go in the round, he shoots in and takes Corminal down to the mat. He eventually stands back up and Corminal is playing open guard. Corminal jumps back to his feet and Tonon immediately starts throwing strikes. Tonon drops Corminal with a heavy punch and Corminal ends up on his back. He’s somehow surviving and Tonon is unloading bombs. The bell saves Corminal from any further punishment.
Tonon attempts a high kick and ends up on his back. Corminal is trying to measure the distance and keep Tonon away. Tonon shoots in and gets deep on a takedown attempt. Slides Corminal down to the mat against the cage. Tonon lands in side control and Corminal is attempting to scramble. Tonon is maintaining a dominant position, though. He secures mount and begins raining down strikes. Corminal is in a world of pain, but eventually scrambles back to his feet. In a somewhat amazing display, Tonon is showing the world that he isn’t interested in submitting anyone; he wants to crush Corminal with a knockout finish. Tonon eventually finishes the contest with some devastating elbows from top position.
Official Result: Garry Tonon defeats Richard Corminal via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 3:40
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Kritsada Kongsrichai vs. Robin Catalan
The first round surprisingly begins with Catalan shooting in for a takedown against the Thai wrestling champion. Kongsrichai turns Catalan before launching plenty of knees to the body. He then slams Catalan on his back. It’s early in the contest, but he already looks too strong and powerful for his opponent. Kongsrichai lifts and slams Catalan with a belly to back suplex. Catalan lands on his head and shoulders and looks to be badly injured. Kongsrichai finishes the fight with some strikes and the referee calls the fight off.
Official Result: Kritsada Kongsrichai def. Robin Catalan via TKO – Round 1, 1:40
Alain Ngalani vs. Ariunbold Tur-Ochir
Ngalani starts the action with a spinning kick. Not long after he jumps forward with another kick up high. It’s a strange strategy considering how he gassed after just a few minutes against Aung La N Sang not that long ago. Tur-Ochir is pressing Ngalani against the cage now. The action is broken up close to the middle of the first round. Ngalani is getting his strikes going now. Tur-Ochir marches forward again and the two engage in a full-on battle of strength against the cage again. Again, the contest is moved back to the center of the cage by the referee. Tur-Ochir controlling the center of the cage. Ngalani goes high with a left kick and connects, but Tur-Ochir stays unfazed. The monstrous body of Ngalani is clearly fading but a low blow from Tur-Ochir gives him the opportunity to recover some energy. Ngalani smartly takes as much time as he can to recover before the round comes to an end.
The second round looks much the same as the opening one. Tur-Ochir is pushing Ngalani against the cage. After clinching against the cage, Ngalani ends up in top position after a scramble. He is active from the half guard position with strikes. Ngalani eventually ends up in full mount before giving up the position to attack an armbar with a swim move. The transition fails and he ends up underneath. The two stand back up not long after and it is again Tur-Ochir pressing Ngalani against the cage. The two separate and exchange punches, but the action again ends up against the perimeter.
Ngalani is circling and working the legs of Tur-Ochir with kicks. Tur-Ochir against moves forward and backs Ngalani against the cage. Although he has been dictating the position of the fight, there has been no real impact.
Fight Summary: Tur-Ochir was clearly trying to fatigue Ngalani by holding him against the cage. It surprisingly didn’t work. Ngalani landed the cleaner strikes and had a memorable effort from top position in the middle of the second round. A clear nod to Ngalani and it’s surprising to see this one end up with a split decision.
Official Result: Alain Ngalani defeats Ariunbold Tur-Ochir via split decision.
Jake Butler vs. Gilberto Galvao
It’s rare to see such size inside the ONE Championship cage. Butler and Galvao are two bulky martial artists and begin throwing punches with extreme power. A low blow by Butler stops the action for an injury timeout after one minute. Butler lands clean with a 1-2 down the middle as the fight restarts. Galvao eventually gets in for a takedown but is unable to keep Butler on the mat. The fight ends up on the mat with Galvao using his strength and power to drop Butler onto his back; a bad spot for the wrestler.After about a minute on the mat, Galvao eventually locks up a kimura and begins to crank on Butler’s arm. Butler turns and eventually lands on top, forcing Galvao to let go of the submission attempt.
The contest ends tragically just seconds after the round begins. Butler seems to badly injure his knee and collapses to the mat. Thankfully, the referee quickly stopped the contest.
Official Result: Gilberto Galvao def. Jake Butler via TKO (knee injury) – Round 2, 0:07
Hisyam Samsudin vs. Sunoto
Sunoto shoots in for a double leg and gets underneath his opponent, but there is no further penetration on the attempt. Samsudin stayed strong through the hips. Samsudin eventually gets his takedown after 45 seconds. He wraps up both legs of his opponent but isn’t able to slide any further up. Passes the open guard of Samsudin and lands in side control. Sunoto looks much more comfortable on the mat than Samsudin. Samsudin tries to escape, but Sunoto throws in a heavy overhook and pushes him back down to the mat. Samsudin works back to full guard. The two are stood back up after a minute of inactivity. Sunoto throws out a sloppy jab but Samsudin doesn’t have the explosiveness to offer a counter attack. Another takedown from Sunoto and he transitions to a modified side control. Sunoto attempts an americana/keylock submission, but fails. That’s the end of the first round.
Sunoto controlled the majority of the action with his effective takedowns and top pressure.
Samsudin marches forward but the movement essentially enables Sunoto to shoot in for another takedown in response. He chooses to attack from side control again. Sunoto hasn’t been all that effective from top position so far but is definitely controlling the action. Samsudin traps Sunoto in lockdown and seems to be stalling the action in the hope of a referee stand-up. It works. But almost instantly, Sunoto shoots in for another deep double leg takedown and plants Samsudin on his back. For the first time, Sunoto slides into full mount and starts to throw some heavy ground and pound. He switches to the back and digs his hooks in. Sunoto attempts a choke from the position but is unable to get the full rear-naked choke and instead attempts to finish with a gable grip. The round ends and it was another clear round for Sunoto.
Samsudin clearly needs a stoppage in this last round if he wants to win. The problem is, however, that he is careful of attempting any strikes because Sunoto has been excellent with his takedowns. The two start the last round casually and the referee soon asks them to up the action. They didn’t. In fact, the last round was about as uneventful as it could be. In the last ten seconds, Sunoto shoots in for a takedown and Samsudin reverses and ends up in full mount.
Fight Summary: Sunoto dominated the first two rounds with well-timed takedowns and top control. He didn’t offer much while standing up, and neither did Samsudin. A clear victory for Sunoto.