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Considered the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world - at least for fans on the Asian continent - The ONE Championship: “Fists of Fury Part II”, took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, on March 5, 2021 (Friday).
The show was broadcast 'live' on ABEMATV to Japan and via the ONE app and the franchise's YouTube channel to the rest of the world.
In addition, the promotion followed all recommendations from health agencies.
The 'main event' (and therefore 'main event') of the schedule was a fight between Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari and undefeated South Korean phenom Ji Won Kang.
Aliakbari, who was making his promotional debut, boasted a record in MMA of 10 wins and only 1 loss, conquered in franchises the size of ACB and ACA. His only loss had been in 2016 to Mirko 'Cro Cop' at RIZIN. The Iranian also arrived with the moral of having been world champion of Greco-Roman wrestling (Wrestling) in 2012.
But none of that worked for the South Korean, who needed just under two minutes to win a brutal knockout over the Persian fighter, this being his fifth first-round knockout in five fights as an MMA professional.
Now, Kang will welcome Brazilian Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, the greatest Jiu-Jitsu world champion, on his MMA debut, scheduled for the ONE card on April 4th.
In the co-main event (or "co-main event") of the card of this ONE Championship: "Fists of Fury-Part II", we saw another rookie in the promotion, the undefeated Russian heavyweight Anatoly "Spartak" Malykhin ( 9-0) against former ONE world title challenger Alexandre “Bebezão” Machado (9-4).
The Russian beat the Brazilian in the first round, after landing a sequence of traumatic blows from the side (already on the ground), which made his opponent hit.
Chinese Kai Tang needed just two minutes to dispatch Japanese Ryogo Takahashi with a straight right followed by five more punches to seal his victory. He moves to 12-2, with Takahashi dropping to 14-5.
Another Japanese on this card, Yoshiki Nakahara ( 14-5 ) took about a minute and a half to pass Kyrgyzstan fighter Ruslan Emilbek (8-1 ). Nakahara landed a right counter-attack to, in the sequence, throw more punches at his opponent, who had already fallen, which forced the referee's interruption.
In another MMA fight, Filipino Mark Abelardo (20-8) hit an elbow following an 'uppercut' to defeat American Emilio Urrutia (11-8) in the second round.
In the only Muay Thai fight on the schedule, Han Zi Hao (China) defeated Adam Noi (Algeria) by unanimous decision of the judges.
ONE Championship : "Fists of Fury-Part II"
Friday, March 5, 2021
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ji Won Kang defeated Amir Aliakbari by “KO” (punch) at 1:54 of the first round
Anatoly Malykhin defeated Alexandre Machado by “TKO” (traumatic blows) at 3:28 of the first round
Kai Tang beat Ryogo Takahashi by “TKO” (punches) at 1:59 of the first round
Yoshiki Nakahara beat Ruslan Emilbek by “TKO” (punches) at 1:30 of the first round
Mark Abelardo defeated Emilio Urrutia by “KO” / “TKO” at 3:20 of the second round
Muay Thai: Han Zi Hao defeated Adam Noi by unanimous decision of the judges
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 06 / 03 / 2021
Pictured above: South Korean Ji Won Kang won his fifth knockout in the first round. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) ONE Championship | ( C ) Abema TV | Disclosure ).
Below: Japanese Yoshiki Nakahara won again in the ONE Championship, this time over the Kyrgyz fighter. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) ONE Championship | ( C ) Abema TV | Disclosure ).
Here is another example of the “obscure” interests of our rulers in the midst of this great political and commercial struggle that became the pandemic of the new coronavirus in Brazil.
With the beginning of rigid “social isolation” in Fortaleza this Friday (March 5), a question still persists in the minds of the inhabitants of the capital of Alencarina.
How could football games have resisted the blockades in the state of Ceará, even though they were not considered “essential services”?
Before answering this question, it is interesting to note that the Ceará State Championship games are suspended in the capital, but the clubs' boards will hold the competition games in other municipalities in the state. One option is the Training Centers ( CT's ) for the base categories, located in Itaitinga and Maracanaú, respectively.
On the other hand, the matches of the Copa do Nordeste and Copa do Brasil will still take place at Arena Castelão, in Fortaleza.
The answer to the imbroglio came from Governor Camilo Santana ( PT ), in an interview with reporter Kílvia Muniz, from TV Verdes Mares.
"Isolation of the teams, 'know-how' with events in the pandemic and weight of the fans are some of the reasons, in addition to being an entertainment option in a new moment of 'isolation' at home," explained Santana.
We also highlight the facts that football is on the rise in Ceará, in addition to generating a chain of jobs and collections - of money - increasing.
Thus, the mixed martial arts community (MMA, the acronym in English for 'Mixed Martial Arts'), understands that such arguments should also be valid for the continuity of competitions in the sport that grows the most in the world, even in this period. If not, let's see...
The promoters of such tournaments have also had controlled experiences in the midst of the pandemic since last year and knew how to deal very well with the situation. Currently, MMA tournaments follow all protocols and safety measures to prevent the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), responsible for the Covid-19 disease. In fact, all fighters and other professionals involved in the promotion are tested at each event.
As an example we cite the 16th edition of Action Fight (held on October 31, 2020, in Fortaleza) and the 21st edition of LFC (held on December 5, 2020, in Russas, a city in the interior of Ceará).
Despite being held without a public, the MMA events are broadcast 'live' over the internet through the 'Pay-Per-View' system to the entire world, generating income for the fighters and other professionals involved.
Rede Globo itself has already linked articles in its news programs with the opinion of a doctor, scientist and specialist in epidemiology, stating that it is very difficult to get contaminated with the coronavirus in this type of competition, as long as all necessary care is taken. At the time, the network broadcast UFC shows during the first wave of the disease, (direct from Florida, USA), where the sport was considered an “essential activity” by Governor Ron DeSantis (Republican Party).
The new question then remains... Will MMA also be benefited during the 'lockdown' as well as football in Ceará, or will our athletes be “harmed”? With the answer, our leaders and all those who, in one way or another, militate in the middle.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 03 / 2021
Photo : Ceará and Fortaleza will continue to host their games for the Copa do Nordeste and Copa do Brasil at Castelão. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Camila Lima | ( C ) Diário do Nordeste | ( C ) Sistema Verdes Mares | Disclosure ).