Miado, Sabanal pull One: Iron Will shockers; Fernandes stays as bantamweight champ

Miado, Sabanal pull One: Iron Will shockers; Fernandes stays as bantamweight champ

Jeremy Miado walks away as Referee Yuji Shimada officially called a knockout on Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.
By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS--Jeremy Miado put the Impact Arena in Bangkok into complete silence after knocking out home city favorite Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in the co-main event of One: Iron Will on Saturday night.

In a high-octane battle, Miado connected on a right cross that actually knocked the former One strawweight champ out cold at the 1:29 mark of the very first round.

Miado's shocker would have been worthy of the Knockout of the Night honors if not for Shannon Wiratchai's 21-second finish of Rahul Raju just preceding Miado's match.

The Thai fighter caught his Indian opponent with a right hook that quickly knocked him out.

Meanwhile, Angelie Sabanal had her own Filipino-shocked-Thai story in the said fight card as she overpowered Rika Ishige.

It was virtually all-Sabanal from the get-go as her striking prowess put Ishige at bay especially in Round 3 en route to the unanimous decision victory.

While Miado and Sabanal walked away with victories, it was the opposite for Richard Corminal and Robin Catalan.

Corminal found himself at the wrong end of Garry Tonon's impressive MMA debut as the American jiujitsu star proved that he can also be prolific in the stand-up game through a second round knockout.

On the other hand, Catalan failed to avenge his brother Rabin's loss to Kritsada Kongsrichai as the Thai fighter made it 2-0 against the siblings with a knockout victory via a suplex exactly 100 seconds into their clash.

In the headliner that spilled to early Sunday (Philippine Time), Martin Nguyen failed to become a three-division world champion as Bibiano Fernandes stayed as the One bantamweight champion.

In a hard-fought match that even seemed like it's heading to a victory by the Vietnamese-Australian reigning featherweight and lightweight champ, a dominant fifth round by the Brazilian that featured a knockdown on the former was enough for him to get the nod of two of the judges for the split decision win.

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