On July 4, 2018, the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), held the official “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” face-off at the Roof Top Bar of the Park Hyatt in Guangzhou, China. Leading the 10 pairs of ONE Championship athletes during the pre-fight event were Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei.
On July 7, 2018, thousands of fights fans flocked at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou to witness the “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” fight night. In the co-main event of the evening, Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, of Japan and Reece “Lightnight” McLaren, 26, of Australia competed in the flyweight division.
McLaren made his case for a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship clarity, edging out Wada by way of split decision. The Filipino-Australian contender flaunted his fluid striking, repeatedly hammering his Japanese opponent with stinging punches and lashing leg kicks.
Although Wada posed problems on the mat in the opening moments of the bantamweight contest, McLaren’s impeccable grappling was able to pull out all the stops in the last two rounds of the bout. The Japanese stalwart was worn out with powerful takedowns and submission attempts.
In the end, McLaren earned two of the three judges’ nods to have his hand raised. Here are the official “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” results:
- Strawweight bout: Robin Catalan defeats Adrian Mattheis by Submission (Heel Hook) at 2:10 minutes of round 2
- Strawweight bout: Peng Xue Wen defeats Eddey Kalai by TKO (Strikes) at 0:57 minutes of round 1
- Bantamweight bout: Shuya Kamikubo defeats Sunoto by TKO (Strikes) at 3:54 minutes of round 2
- Women’s Atomweight bout: Istela Nunes defeats Gina Iniong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Catch Weight bout (68.0kg): Zhao Zhi Kang defeats Ma Xu Dong by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:08 minutes of round 3
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Saemapetch Fairtex defeats Deividas Danyla by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Catch Weight bout (66.5kg): Fu Chang Xin defeats Rustem Yensebayev by TKO (Strikes) at 4:32 minutes of round 1
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (105.0kg): Ibrahim El Bouni defeats Andre Meunier by Knockout (KO) at 1:31 minutes of round 1
- Flyweight bout: Reece McLaren defeats Tatsumitsu Wada by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship bout: Kai Ting Chuang defeats Yodcherry Sityodtong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds