Japanese star Shinya Aoki earned another shot at the ONE lightweight belt Saturday.
The former champion met Ev Ting in a lightweight title eliminator at ONE: Kingdon of Heroes in Bangkok, Thailand, and scored his third first-round stoppage in a row, taking Ting to the ground, going the month and quickly locking an arm-triangle choke to put Ting to sleep in just 57 seconds.
Aoki, who lost the ONE belt to Eduard Folayang back in 2016, is now expected to get the next crack at the lightweight gold.
Making his return to the ONE ring for the first time since 2016, Muin Gafurov scored the biggest win of his career against UFC veteran Leandro Issa. The 22-year-old bantamweight escaped an early guillotine choke attempt to get back on his feet and stop “Brodinho” with a vicious right hand in the opening round, improving to 16-2 in MMA with 16 finishes.
The highlight of the action-packed undercard was Petchdam Gaiyanghadao’s win over Kenny Tse. Competing under muay thai rules, Gaiyanghadao made quick work of his opponent, knocking him out with a high kick-knee-elbow combo in just 86 seconds.
Check the complete ONE: Kingdon of Heroes results below.
Kickboxing: Stamp Fairtex def. Kai Ting Chuang via unanimous decision
MMA: Shinya Aoki def. Ev Ting via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 0:57 of R1
Muay Thai: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Mehdi Zatout via unanimous decision
Kickboxing: Anthony Njokuani def. Andy Souwer via split decision
MMA: Muin Gafurov def. Leandro Issa via KO at 2:24 of R1
Kickboxing: Alain Ngalani vs. Andre Meunier — no contest (unintentional goin strike) at 0:29 of R2
Muay Thai: Alaverdi Ramazanov def. Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai via unanimous decision
MMA: Hayato Suzuki def. Robin Catalan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:42 of R2
Kickboxing: Singtongnoi Por Telakun def. Masahide Kudo via unanimous decision
MMA: Rika Ishige def. Bozhena Antoniyar via TKO at 2:48 at R1
Muay Thai: Petchdam Gaiyanghadao def. Kenny Tse via KO at 1:26 at R1
MMA: Fu Chang Xin def. Rin Saroth via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:04 of R2
MMA: Ramon Gonzales def. Dodi Mardian via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of R1