One Championship ‘One on TNT 3’ Play-by-Play & Results

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 21, 2021
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Muay Thai Bout:
Nieky Holzken vs. John Wayne Parr

Round 1

Parr fires off a leg kick to open things up and avoids a hook kick from his opponent. Holzken misses a jumping downward elbow, but connects with a leg kick. Holzken jabs to the body of Parr. Parr sticks a straight right to the face. Parr lands a a jab-jab-cross combination. Holzken pressures Parr into the fence and drops Parr with a spectacular spinning hook kick. Parr is up and they resume the fight. Parr flurries on the body of his foe with punches. Holzken sticks a jab and makes Parr rock backward with a straight right hand. The round ends with Parr pressing foward and landing a leg kick.

Round 2

Parr opens up working kicks to the legs and body of his opponent. Parr mixes up his strikes nicely early, blending in punches with his kicks. Holzken answers with a jab, then a jab to overhand right that lands with impact. Moments later, Holzken drops Parr with a punch. The Aussie pops up and the action resumes. They exchange in in the center of the cage until Holzken finds the home for a high kick. It lands shin-to-head, and Parr is on the deck once again. Referee Olivier Coste rushes in and waves this one off after the second knockdown of the frame.

The Official Result

Nieky Holzken def. John Wayne Parr via KO (Head Kick) R2 1:23

Ryuto Sawada vs. Li Tao Miao

Round 1

They trade early and Sawada changes levels for a takedown only to find him self thrown into the cage. Sawada pops right back up and drives Miao into the fence. He gets Miao down briefly, then has another try thwarted by a fence grab. Sawada maintains the approach, landing a two-punch combination before changing levels against the fence. Sawada gets a takedown, but Miao forces a scramble and they’re in the clinch. Sawada lands a knee to the body with Miao seated against the fence before the Chinese fighter returns to his feet. Sawada follows punches with a level change, but Miao reverses the attempt and ends up on top of his opponent in guard. Miao escapes an armbar attempt and then passes to side control. Sawada scrambles up, lands a knee from the clinch and then drops down for a takedown. He switches to a body lock and wrestles Miao down, then takes his man’s back during yet another scramble late in the round. Miao is able to reverse into top position in the final 10 seconds of the period.

Round 2

Miao lands a left hook and Sawada answers with a straight right. Miao backs up his foe with a right hand. The Chinese fighter sprawls on a Sawada takedown and reverses into top position. Miao is in Sawada’s guard and he takes the back when Sawada scrambles, landing a few hard punches to the head in the process. Miao makes Sawada carry his weight, but an ill-advised rear-naked choke attempt allows the Tokyo native to escape. Sawada releases a front headlock and they’re standing. Sawada eats a right hand from Miao. Another solid right lands in an exchange for Miao, as the pace has slowed from Round 1. Miao is gaining confidence as his right hand continues to find a home. Miao backs up Sawada with a left hook. Miao stuffs a couple takedowns just before the bell.

Round 3

Sawada opens up with some one-two combinations before shooting for a takedown. Miao sprawls successfully, but on the second attempt Zawada shoves his back into the fence. Sawada is relentless, but Miao is able to free his legs and return to the center of the cage. Sawada lands a nice jab-cross combination. Miao sprawls on a takedown again. A right hand from MIao snaps Sawada’s head back, and moments later he powers his foe backward to the canvas. Miao is inside Sawada’s guard, and he finds space to land a slashing elbow. There’s 2:00 remaining as Miao continues to work from top position. Another elbow to the jaw lands for Miao. Miao passes to half guard and lands some left hands to the face. Sawada gives up his back. Miao doesn’t fully take the back but he keeps makes Sawada carry his weight while keeping his hands locked across the Japanese strawweight’s torso. The round ends with Miao in control.

The Official Result

Li Tao Miao def. Ryuto Sawada via Unanimous Decision R3 5:00

Marat Gafurov vs. Rae Yoon Ok

Round 1

Gafurov lands a body kick, but Ok responds with an outside low kick that takes the Dagestani’s legs out from under him. Ok continues to attack with low kicks before Gafurov shoots for a double leg. Ok defends against the fence. Gafurov muscles the South Korean down as Ok utilizes a whizzer. Gafurov hammers away with right hands and then jumps on Ok’s back. Gafurov continues to tee off with right hands to the head as Ok carries him. Gafurov is warned not to strike the back of the head of his opponent. With the body triangle locke in, Gafurov works diligently to find an opening to slide his arm under the chin. Ok resists, so Gafurov fires off some more right hands to the head. Ok answers with some backward elbows that land to his opponent’s face. Ok is still carrying Gafurov, who continues to land rights to the head. Gafurov relinquishes back control just before the end of the round but still lands some more punches to the head.

Round 2

OK pressures forward and flurries with punches against the fence. The South Korean appears to land a knee as Gafurov changes levels, but the former One featherweight champion is unfazed as he presses his man into the fence. Gafurov drops down and Ok lands elbows to the side of the head as he defends the takedown. Gafurov won’t relent on the takedown attempt, however. More elbows to the side of the head come from Ok. Gafurov is still unable to finish the double-leg takedown. Gafurov switches to a single leg and gets Ok down. Ok looks to frame a triangle from his back. He briefly has the arm trapped and lands some hammerfists to Gafurov’s head. Gafurov breaks free and is now in full guard. Ok is very active from his back, and he’s threatning with another triangle. In the meantime, he stays busy landing hammerfists to Gafurov’s face. Gafurov again is in Ok’s full guard, and he lands some moderate ground-and-pound before the end of the period.

Round 3

Ok jumps in and lands a right hand. He backs Gafurov into the fence and lands a low kick. Gaufurov blocks a high kick. Ok easily avoids a takedown attempt from the Dagestani, and he answers with a solid left hook. A jab from Ok finds its way through Gafurov’s guard. A counter right also connects for Ok, as Gafurov appears to be fading. Ok stalks his foe, lands a right hand and then initially defends a single leg. Gafurov attempts a back take, but Ok puts his back to the fence to resist. Now Gafurov is back to hunting for the takedown as he looks ot pull Ok away from the cage. Ok continues to defend well, landing some short punches to the head and body as well. Gafurov is struggling to keep Ok down even when he is successful with his takedowns, but he’s grinding against the cage with less than a minute to go. With about 35 seconds to go, Gafurov jumps on Ok’s back, but he can’t stay there. Ok sneaks out the back and Gafurov frames a kimura from his back in the fight’s final scramble before time runs out.

The Official Result

Rae Yoon Ok def. Marat Gafurov via Unanimous Decision R3 5:00

Reece McLaren vs. Yuya Wakamatsu

Round 1

Wakamatsu lands an outside leg kick at the outset. Wakamatsu pressures with a heavy combination, but McLaren avoids the attack. Wakamatsu defends McLaren’s first takedown attempt, drawing a smile from the Aussie. They tie up in the center of the cage, and Wakamatsu trips his man down. McLaren is immediately threatening submissions from his back. Wakamatsu avoids an armbar and drops a heavy right hand from above. Wakamatsu passes to half guard for a moment, then elects to stand. Wakamatsu lands a looping uppercut before tieing up with his opponent and shoving him into the fence. McLaren turns his foe around and lands a knee to the midsection. McLaren drops for a takedown but Wakamatsu defends, shoving his foe’s head down. Wakamatsu turns McLaren around as they continue to jockey for position in close quarters. McLaren takes control, and then is able to execute a takedown. Wakamatsu scrambles into top position, only to be swept by McLaren, who unloads with elbows and punches from full mount. McLaren transitions to the back and hunts for a rear-naked choke as time expires in the round.

Round 2

McLaren lands a glancing high kick. McLaren answers an inside low kick from Wakamatsu with a body kick. McLaren shoots for a takedown and looks to take the back in an ensuing scramble. McLaren then transitions to an armbar and eats several standing to ground punches from Wakamatsu for his troubles. They’re standing again, and Wakamatsu connects with a nice two-piece combo. They tie up again, and the combatants battle for position against the fence. McLaren is able to pull Wakamatsu off the fence to the canvas and take his opponent’s back. Wakamatsu turns into top position. McLaren can’t quite sweep into top position and the flyweights scramble back up. Wakamatsu lands a lead right hand and sprawls on a takedown attempt moments later. They’re in the clinch once more, and Wakamatsu presses McLaren into the fence. An elbow nearly dislodges McLaren’s mouthpiece. They tie up in the center of the cage and Wakamatsu shoves his foe into the fence, and that’s how the round will end.

Round 3

A solid straight right lands for Wakamatsu as they trade in the early going of the frame. Wakamatsu lands about three right hands during a spirited exchange before McLaren switches gears to a double leg. Wakamatsu defends well against the cage. Wakamatsu lands a knee to the head as they break. A low kick thuds against McLaren’s lead leg. Wakamatsu follows an outside leg kick with a clean jab. McLaren looks for a single-leg. Wakamatsu hops on one leg while landing some hammerfists to the head of his foe. The Japanese fighter frees his leg, then stuffs another takedown. McLaren keeps Wakamatsu pressed against the fence, and Wakamatsu shoves his head down as he’s done all fight long. McLaren adjusts to a single leg, but it’s nothing doing. Wakamatsu lands some short punches to the head as he defends. They separate with 40 seconds to go. Wakamatsu sprawls on yet another takedown. He lands a pair of knees from the front headlock position, then spins around to the back and lands some punches to the side of the head. They stand, and Wakamatsu attemps to land one more furious salvo before the bell, but McLaren is able to avoid any serious damage.

The Official Result

Yuya Wakamatsu def. Reece McLaren via Unanimous Decision R3 5:00

John Lineker vs. Troy Worthen

Round 1

Lineker immediately begins walking his man down. Worthen attacks with a body kick as Lineker flurries with body punches. The Brazilian backs his man into the fence and pounds the body with both hands. Moments later, a low blow to Worthen prompts a pause in the action. Worthen lands an inside leg kick when the action resumes. Lienker stalks his man and continues to swing heavy hooks. Worthen connects wtih a body kick, only to eat another flurry of punches. A left hook to the head finds the range for “Hands of Stone.” Another inside low kick lands for Worthen. Undeterred, Lineker marches forward and continues to attack with heavy hooks. Lineker backs up the American with two more body blows. Lineker goes body-head and continues to walk Worthen down. An overhand right and a left to the body lands for Lineker, who stuffs an ensuing double leg and connects with another body shot. A straight right to the body lands for Lineker. The Brazilian counters Worthen with a right hook to the chin. Worthen attempts to advance forward, and he runs into a right hand from Lineker that puts him down on his back immediately. The UFC veteran then dives in and lands one more follow-up punch to make sure Worthen is out before referee Mohamad Sulaiman steps in to wave this one off. Lineker is now 3-0 under the One Championship banner with a pair of finishes to his credit.

The Official Result

John Lineker def. Troy Worthen via KO (Punches) R1 4:35
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