ONE Championship’s first event of 2023, ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs Allazov on Prime Video, had the entire Impact Arena crowd in Bangkok, Thailand on its feet numerous times.
Aside from witnessing their hometown Thai heroes fight up close, the fans were simply treated to the unrivaled beauty of combat sports in its many forms.
While the entire eight-fight card delivered, there were three scintillating matches that stood out the most.
Here are the best finishes from ONE Fight Night 6 last weekend.
#3. Garry Tonon ends Johnny Nunez's night with a quick kimura
Gary Tonon got himself back to the winner’s column in style.
After failing short in his world title fight against former featherweight king Thanh Le, ‘The Lion Killer’ reminded his detractors that he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
His opponent Nunez was the aggressor early on, as he had Tonon backpedaling with wild strikes.
The former Division 1 wrestler had his fellow American trapped against the Circle walls and was eager to complete a takedown. The slick Tonon, however, turned the tables around and got out of the disadvantageous position.
Feared in the BJJ circles for his deadly leg attacks, the 31-year-old showed his well-rounded game by preventing the takedown by peeling away Nunez’s grip.
In one swift motion, ‘The Lion Killer’ snatched Nunez’ left arm and locked in a standing Kimura sweep.
Once both fighters hit the mats, it was practically over. Tonon rolled and never let go of his opponent’s trapped arm. He got into side control and applied a frightening torque that put immense pressure on Nunez’s shoulder and elbow area. “Johnny Boy” tapped in no time.
The kimura, meanwhile, is one of the most versatile submission holds in jiu-jitsu beloved for its simplicity and effectiveness from multiple positions.
Tonon went back to basics and once again showcased his grappling mastery.
#2. Aung La N Sang continues career resurgence by flattening Gilberto Galvao
Aung La N Sang received the biggest cheers of the night. So much so, that you’d think the card took place in Myanmar.
His loyal fanbase came in droves and gave the ‘Burmese Python' even more inspiration to wallop Galvao. The former two-division world champion did just that, needing less than a round to dispatch the hulking Brazilian.
Aung La clipped Galvao early on with a vicious uppercut that dropped his opponent seconds into the fight.
The elite grappler tried to make a comeback by clinching and taking it to the ground. Aung La, however, had other plans and tagged Galvao again with nasty elbows in close proximity.
Galvao found himself on his back once more, but Aung La delivered the killer blows this time.
The Burmese star got to full mount and rained down some ferocious hellfire that forced the referee to stop the beating.
Aung La even went home with a cool $50,000 bonus.
#1. Chingiz Allazov claims ONE featherweight world title by destroying Superbon
After three virtuoso performances inside the Circle, Superbon Singha Mawynn was surrounded by a veil of invincibility.
What was supposed to be his grand homecoming turned into the biggest shocker of the night.
Chingiz Allazov fully embraced his antagonist role inside Impact Arena and hushed the crowd using his lightning-fast fists of fury.
Superbon looked tentative early on and it was clear he couldn’t mount his usual high-power offense. That was by design, as ‘Chinga’ put him on the defensive with his constant barrage of pinpoint strikes.
Each time the Thai superstar tried to get in a rhythm, Allazov always found a way to disrupt that with counter shots to the head and body.
The Belarusian-Azerbaijan fighter landed blow after blow in round 1 and clearly dominated early on.
By round 2, he found Superbon’s chin and never looked back. The relentless challenger knocked down the Thai destroyer thrice in round 2.
It all started with a brutal right hook that had Superbon staring at the arena lights.
Sensing his golden opportunity, Allazov pounced as soon as the referee resumed the fight.
He sent Superbon tumbling with another precise right hand. The valiant world champion got up for the standing count for the second and final time.
Allazov drilled the last nail in the coffin, landing a right kick followed by a series of punch combinations.
A wounded Superbon retreated near the Circle walls and got hit by a violent straight right that put an end to his world title reign.
With that, the Chingiz Allazov era has officially begun.