Haggerty Sends Naito To The Canvas Twice En Route To Dominant Unanimous Decision Victory

11 December 2020 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), electrified the Singapore Indoor Stadium with another night of thrilling martial arts action. ONE: BIG BANG II, a previously recorded event broadcast globally on Friday, 11 December, featured a series of impressive finishes and performances from the world’s top mixed martial artists, kickboxers, and Muay Thai practitioners.

In the main event, former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion and current #3-ranked contender Jonathan “The General” Haggerty of the United Kingdom dominated Japan’s Taiki “Silent Sniper” Naito across three action-packed rounds.

Haggerty showcased his trademark ring IQ, calculating distance and deciphering Naito’s rhythm before putting on a striking clinic. “The General” had his complete arsenal on display, including a plethora of feints, thudding leg kicks, and sharp boxing combinations.

A bullet-like right hand down the middle in round one dropped Naito for the count, but the Japanese athlete was able to regain his footing. In the second frame, Haggerty again connected with a haymaker, this time a wild right hook that sent Naito down to the canvas once more. Naito tried his best to turn his luck around in the third stanza, but Haggerty cruised to the final bell. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Haggerty, who earned the convincing unanimous decision victory.

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In a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, #1-ranked contender Nieky “The Natural” Holzken of the Netherlands got back in the winner’s column with a crushing body shot knockout of #5-ranked contender Elliot “The Dragon” Compton of Australia. Holzken weathered an early storm from Compton and then landed the debilitating liver shot, which sent “The Dragon” to the canvas. Compton could not beat the count, and Holzken was awarded the KO victory.

For a full bout recap of Nieky Holzken vs. Elliot Compton, click here:

South Korea’s “The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong turned in one of the finest performances of his career with an exciting TKO victory over #4-ranked mixed martial arts featherweight contender Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada of Japan. The bout began with Kim on the offensive, as he pressed Yamada against the Circle Wall with thunderous combinations. Yamada tried to take matters to the ground but found no success. In the second round, Kim maintained his aggressiveness, blasting Yamada with a frightening display of ground-and-pound. Yamada offered little resistance, and the referee called a halt to the contest.

For a full bout recap of Kim Jae Woong vs. Tetsuya Yamada, click here:

In a showdown between hard-hitting heavyweight kickboxers, 23-year-old Rade Opacic of Serbia authored a stunning knockout finish of Muay Thai and Kickboxing Champion Errol “The Bonecrusher” Zimmerman of the Netherlands. In round one, Opacic and Zimmerman traded their best shots at the center of the Circle, testing each other’s chins on multiple occasions. In the second round, Opacic unleashed a picture-perfect spinning heel kick that landed right on the jaw, sending Zimmerman down and forcing the referee to call off the fight.

For a full bout recap of Rade Opacic vs. Errol Zimmerman, click here:

Former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger Tyler McGuire of the United States overcame a spirited effort from Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani to earn a unanimous decision victory in their mixed martial arts contest. It was a high-level wrestling battle through two rounds, as the two athletes showcased their ground skills, traded dominant positions, and attacked from various angles. McGuire, however, controlled more of the fight and put in a dominant third round to pull away on the judges’ scorecards.

For a full bout recap of Tyler McGuire vs. Agilan Thani, click here:

Chinese mixed martial artist “The Ghost” Chen Rui kicked off the action at ONE: BIG BANG II with an explosive first-round stoppage of Iran’s Ali “Moti” Motamed. Chen walked through a plethora of kicks from “Moti” to land his boxing combinations. A left hook dropped Motamed, and Chen followed up with punches to earn the finish.

For a full bout recap of Chen Rui vs. Ali Motamed, click here:

Next, ONE Championship returns with ONE: COLLISION COURSE, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 18 December. In the main event, ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine defends his title against challenger Andrei “Mister KO” Stoica of Romania. For more information, please visit the official ONE: COLLISION COURSE Event Page.

Official Results for ONE: BIG BANG II
Muay Thai – Flyweight: Jonathan Haggerty defeats Taiki Naito via unanimous decision
Kickboxing – Lightweight: Nieky Holzken defeats Elliot Compton via knockout at 1:36 of round one
Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight: Kim Jae Woong defeats Tetsuya Yamada via TKO at 4:39 of round two
Kickboxing – Heavyweight: Rade Opacic defeats Errol Zimmerman via TKO at 1:35 of round two
Mixed Martial Arts – Welterweight: Tyler McGuire defeats Agilan Thani via unanimous decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight: Chen Rui defeats Ali Motamed via TKO at 1:56 of round one

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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