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7 best ONE Championship finishers include Marat Gafurov, Vitaly Bigdash, Angela Lee

 

ONE Championship recently named seven of its top finishers in its official website. Three of them are reigning world champions currently holding undefeated records.

 

  1. Agilan Thani

Win Percentage: 88 % of 8 fights

Record: 7 wins, 1 loss

Age: 21

Country: Malaysia

Fight Name: Alligator

On May 26, Thani tasted his first MMA defeat when he challenged ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren at “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes.” Still, he has an impressive record of 7 wins, 4 of which are submissions and 3 are knockouts, and is expected to return to the ONE Championship cage before 2018.

 

  1. Martin Nguyen

Win Percentage: 89% of 9 fights

Record: 8 wins, 1 loss

Age: 28

Country: Australia

Fight Name: The Situ-Asian

 

Five of Nguyen’s eight wins were knockouts and the other three were submissions. In 2015, the Vietnamese-Australian fighter took the challenge to fight a world champion on short notice and had his first loss.

 

  1. Angela Lee

Title: ONE Atomweight World Champion

Win Percentage: 100% of 8 fights

Record: 8 wins, 0 loss

Age: 20

Country: Singapore

Fight Name: Unstoppable

As an amateur fighter, Lee was an undefeated fighter with three wins. In 2015, she became a professional fighter by joining ONE Championship, where she maintained her record as an undefeated fighter.

Six of Lee’s eight wins were via submissions, which were her fights against Aya Saber, Mona Samir, Natalie Gonzales Hills, Lena Tkhorevska, Rebecca Heintzman and Istela Nunes.

Lee’s win over Jenny Huang was via technical knockout. The only win the Singaporean fighter had via judges’ decision was the one over Mei Yamaguchi.

 

  1. Vitaly Bigdash

Title: ONE Middleweight World Champion

Win Percentage: 100% of 9 fights

Record: 9 wins, 0 loss

Age: 32

Country: Russia

Fight Name: N/A

Out of Bigdash’s nine wins, four were submissions, four were knockouts and one was unanimous decision. In his ONE Championship debut in 2015, he successfully stole the ONE Middleweight World Champion title from Igor Svirid at “ONE Championship 32: Tigers of Asia” in Malaysia.

 

  1. Timofey Nastyukhin

Win Percentage: 77% of 13 fights

Record: 10 wins, 3 losses

Age: 27

Country: Russia

Fight Name: N/A

 

With a record of 7 wins and 1 loss in 2014, Nastyukhin joined ONE Championship. He defeated Filipino fighter Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, who is now the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.

None of Nastyukhin’s 10 wins was via judges’ decision. Six of them were knockouts while the other four were submissions.

 

  1. Marat Gafurov

Title: ONE Featherweight World Champion

Win Percentage: 100% of 15 fights

Record: 15 wins, 0 loss

Age: 32

Country: Russia

Fight Name: Cobra

 

With wrestling, striking and black belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu  skills, Gafurov won 11 of his 15 wins via submission. Three of his wins were judges’ decisions while the only fight he won via knockout was the one against Yuri Ivlev.

Gafurov joined ONE Championship in 2014 and went on to defeat Naratungalag Jadambaa twice. The Russian champ is also the only MMA fighter to defeat Nguyen.

 

  1. Aung La N Sang

Win Percentage: 66% of 29 fights

Record: 19 wins, 10 losses

Age: 32

Country: Myanmar

Fight Name: The Burmese Python

Sang made his ONE Championship debut in 2014. Only one of his 19 wins was judges’ decision with 11 being submissions and seven knockouts.

Under ONE Championship, Sang enjoyed a winning streak, having defeated Mahmoud Salama, Mohamed Ali, Aleksei Butorin and Michal Pasternak. It was on Jan. 14 when he had his first loss under the promotion when Bigdash defeated him via unanimous decision at “ONE Championship: Quest for Power” in Indonesia.

Bigdash and Sang will have a rematch on June 30 at “ONE Championship: Light of a Nation.” It will be held at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

(photos from ONE Championship)

Any ONE Championship fighter you think should be in the list? Let us know by commenting below.

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