Marat Grigorian Rebounds to Dispatch Ivan Kondratev in One ‘Big Bang’ Headliner

By: Tudor Leonte
Dec 4, 2020

One Championship returned to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for its final live event of the year titled “Big Bang.”

In the main event of this massively restructured card, Marat Grigorian locked horns with Ivan Kondratev in a kickboxing contest at featherweight. The fight was close to being a major shocker as Kondratev dropped Grigorian with a nasty left hook in the opening frame. Grigorian gathered himself, and found the key to open Kondratev’s defense, landing a vicious liver punch in the next round that folded his opponent in half. The official stoppage time indicated 1:52 into the second stanza.

The co-main event saw grappling ace Garry Tonon (6-0) taking on Koyomi Matsushima (12-5) in a contest that determined the hierarchy of One’s 155-pound division. The opening stanza saw Tonon dominating his opponent on the canvas, as “The Lion Killer” took Matsushima’s back and threatened with multiple rear-naked choke attempts. Only Matsushima’s resilience allowed the Japanese fighter to survive enough to see the second round.

In the second stanza, the American fighter controlled his opponent on the canvas for most of the time, keeping Matsushima in unorthodox positions. Right before the end of the round, Matsushima retaliated with some heavy shots, including a knee to the head of Tonon. The third round saw a slower pace, as the fighters engaged from time to time with a few punches. At the end of the fight, the judges’ scorecards rewarded Tonon with a unanimous decision victory. In the post-fight interview, Tonon threw down the gauntlet to challenge Thanh Le, the current champion of his division.

Elsewhere, Murat Aygun overcame Anderson “Braddock” Silva via decision in a 205-pound kickboxing affair. Renowned kickboxer Andy Souwer upended Zhang Chunyu via decision at the end of a barnburner at featherweight. Earlier that night, Bokang Masunyane (8-0) blitzed Rene Catalan (6-4, 1 NC) with a well-timed head kick that put Catalan down in just 37 seconds into the first round. In a pair of tilts in One’s atomweight division, Hayatun Jihin Radzuan (6-2) defeated Bi Nguyen (5-6) via unanimous decision, and Ritu Phogat (4-0) smashed Jomary Torres (4-5, 1 NC) with a barrage of elbows at 3:55 of Round 1.
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