Jonathan Haggerty Outpoints Taiki Naito in One: Big Bang 2 Headliner

By: Tudor Leonte
Dec 11, 2020

One Championship aired the pre-recorded second part of the One: Big Bang series on Dec. 11.

The One: Big Bang 2 main event featured a much-anticipated muay Thai contest in One’s flyweight division between Jonathan Haggerty and Taiki Naito. It didn’t take long for Haggerty to impose his surgical striking on his hapless opponent. “The General” dropped Naito to the canvas in the first and second frame, but the Japanese fighter survived to hear the final bell. All three judges rewarded Haggerty with a well-deserved unanimous decision victory.

In the co-main event, Nieky Holzken folded Elliot Compton with a nasty punch to the liver punch in the opening stanza of their lightweight kickboxing contest. Compton started the fight with an intense pace, bringing the fight to his opponent. After Compton finished his assault, Holzken responded with a lethal combination to the body that put Compton away. The clock indicated 1:36 when the referee stopped the action.

The MMA main attraction on the card saw Jae Woong Kim finish Tetsuya Yamada in One’s featherweight division. “The Fighting God” put a beating on his opponent from the opening bell until he earned the stoppage, which came at the 4:39 mark in the second stanza. Referee Olivier Coste intervened when noticing Yamada was no longer intelligently defending himself from Kim’s ground-and-pound.

Elsewhere, Rade Opacic made a statement at heavyweight when he knocked out veteran Dutch kickboxer Errol Zimmerman. Opacic landed a perfectly executed spinning heel kick to the head that put Zimmerman out at 1:35 of Round 2.

In an MMA contest in One’s bantamweight division, Tyler McGuire prevailed over Agilan Thani by unanimous decision. Earlier that night, Rui Chen blitzed Ali Motamed with a barrage of punches, earning the stoppage at 1:56 of the opening round.
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