ONE Championship™ took Tokyo by storm, landing in the Ariake Arena with the blockbuster event ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru. The night was packed with fistic fireworks, topped off by a main event that was nothing short of a striker’s ballet.
Teaming up with the swanky TUMI, ONE draped their shiny belts over the shoulders of the night’s kings and queens, a gesture as grand as the fights themselves.
In the spotlight fight, Superlek Kiatmoo9 duked it out with Takeru Segawa, the former K-1 champ with a trophy case bigger than most. Superlek played the leg-kicker symphony on Takeru’s shins, setting the tone for the night. Takeru wasn’t just there to make up the numbers, though, swinging back with the kind of punches that make you think twice about your life choices.
As the rounds ticked by, “The Kicking Machine” kept the pedal to the metal, while “The Natural Born Crusher” tried to turn the tide with some heavy-duty hooks. It was a nail-biter till the end, but Superlek’s arm was the one raised when the dust settled, his gold belt still snug around his waist.
The appetizer to the main course saw Kade Ruotolo tangling with Tommy Langaker in a sequel that had fans on the edge of their seats. Ruotolo, the grappling wunderkind, turned the mat into his personal playground, leaving Langaker playing catch-up from start to finish. After ten minutes of twist and turns, Ruotolo’s hand was raised, his title defense as slick as his moves.
ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru wasn’t just about the left hooks and leg locks; it was a branding bonanza, with Stage Front VIP, Monster Energy, TUMI, and Fairtex all throwing their hats into the ring, ensuring the fighters weren’t the only ones getting a piece of the action.
And let’s not forget the fighters who pocketed a cool $50,000 for making our hearts race: Superlek Kiatmoo9, Kade Ruotolo, Shinya Aoki, Nieky Holzken, Marat Grigorian, and Garry Tonon. Not a bad night’s work, eh?
ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru Complete Results
Superlek Kiatmoo9 defeats Takeru Segawa via unanimous decision to retain the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title
Kade Ruotolo defeats Tommy Langaker via unanimous decision to retain the ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Title
Shinya Aoki defeats John Lineker via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:00 of round one (MMA – openweight)
Nieky Holzken defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via TKO (referee stoppage – right hook) at 1:40 of round one (boxing) (special rules – catchweight 187.25 lbs)
Marat Grigorian defeats Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via KO (left hook) at 1:20 of round three (kickboxing – catchweight 156.5 lbs)
Garry Tonon defeats Martin Nguyen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round one (MMA – featherweight)
Ayaka Miura defeats Itsuki Hirata via unanimous decision (MMA – atomweight)
Yuya Wakamatsu defeats Danny Kingad via unanimous decision (MMA – flyweight)
Rade Opacic defeats Iraj Azizpour via unanimous decision (kickboxing – heavyweight)
Bokang Masunyane defeats Keito Yamakita via unanimous decision (MMA – strawweight)
Gustavo Balart defeats Hiroba Minowa via split decision (MMA – strawweight)