ONE: CENTURY 世紀 PART II: Aung La N Sang fends off Brandon Vera to retain light heavyweight crown
ONE middleweight and light heavyweight champion Aung La N Sang (26-10-0) used striking and leg kicks and a spinning back elbow to defend his light heavyweight belt and thwart heavyweight champion Brandon Vera (16-8-0) to become another dual champion at ONE: CENTURY 世紀 PART II in Tokyo, Japan.
La N Sang, who was at a height and weight disadvantage going into the fight, took a lot of good shots from Vera within the two rounds of the contest, but it was the elbow that floored Vera, where followup strikes forced referee Kemp Cheng to call the bout at 3:23.
“The Burmese Python,” 34, collected his seventh consecutive win and defended his light heavyweight crown for the first time since winning it in February 2018.
Vera’s four fight win streak was snapped in Tokyo, but the 42 year old still retains the heavyweight crown, which he said afterwards in a video, will “defend soon.”
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In other results:
AUNG LA N SANG DEF. BRANDON VERA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 3:23
SHINYA AOKI DEF. HONORIO BANARIO VIA TECH SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R1 0:54
BIBIANO FERNANDES DEF. KEVIN BELINGON VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 2:16
RODTANG JITMUANGNON DEF. WALTER GONCALVES VIA UD
GIORGIO PETROSYAN DEF. SAMY SANA VIA UD
ARJAN SINGH BHULLAR DEF. MAURO CERILLI VIA UD
MEI YAMAGUCHI DEF. JENNY HUANG VIA UD
YOSUKE SARUTA DEF. DAICHI KITAKATA KO (PUNCHES) R2 0:59
SHOKO SATO DEF. RAFAEL SILVA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:30
HIROYUKI TETSUKA DEF. HERNANI PERPETUO VIA UD
TAKASUKE KUME DEF. KOSHI MATSUMOTO VIA UD
ONE Century Part I and Part II is now in the books. It’s worth noting:
- Italian kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan colleced $1 million USD for defeating French opponent Samy San for winning the ONE: featherweight world Grand Prix kickboxing tournament
- Former UFC heavyweight and Richmond, British Columbia native Arjan Bullar won his debut bout in ONE Championship, defeating Italian Mauro Cerilli via unanimous decision
- Both cards together featured seven (7) world title bouts and 28 martial arts world champions