There were exciting knockouts, captivating submissions, and back-and-forth action all throughout the 15-bout spectacle.
As the action unfolded at the packed Axiata Arena, we look back at the top three highlights from the star-studded event in the Malaysian capital.
“The Doctor” Hosts A Kickboxing Clinic
The biggest kickboxing rematch of all time between Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan and Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy was a fitting main event for the night.
Both men were vying to advance into the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix and earn their place among the pantheon of kickboxing greats.
The Italian legend looked to assert control early, delivering a steady rhythm of leg kicks and left hooks to his Thai rival. Having learned from their previous encounter, Petchmorakot returned fire with precise knees and kicks.
Despite the Muay Thai hero’s refined techniques, it was the steady boxing output and powerful kicks from “The Doctor” that earned him the victory in this thrilling three-round battle.
This victory marks Petrosyan’s 100th career win and books him in the tournament semifinal with “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut for a crack at the US$1 million grand prize.
Michelle Nicolini Is A Grappling Goddess
This mixed martial arts strawweight clash between the two World Champions, Michelle Nicolini and “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, was a long time coming.
Nicolini, an eight-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, was on a mission to keep the contest where she preferred – on the mat — and she displayed that aggression right from the opening bell.
While the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion was able to thwart several of Nicolini’s grappling moves, the Sao Paolo native rarely looked troubled and was able to pass guard expertly in the second round to land clean strikes on her opponent.
Even with Lee’s successful reversals, the Brazilian’s relentless and dominant ground performance over the course of three rounds were the keys to her remarkable win.
Along with a submission win in a grappling tournament three years ago, Nicolini now earns the distinction of being the first woman to defeat “Unstoppable” twice.
Janet Todd Delivers A Stinging Defeat To “Killer Bee”
Muay Thai star Janet “JT” Todd and former ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion “Killer Bee” Chuang Kai Ting clashed in an epic ONE Super Series women’s atomweight kickboxing bout.
The Japanese-American showcased some of her signature striking ability, as she unloaded jab-cross combinations, chopping leg kicks, and knees at her Chinese rival.
Chuang threw caution to the wind in the second stanza, and launched wild jabs and kicks as the fast and furious action came to a close after the third round.
It was a fierce battle, but Todd’s poise and tactical striking earned her the unanimous decision win.
With this victory, the California resident is now back in the hunt for a title rematch with two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex.