With a lack of 10-count, MMA has had a reputation - at times - for quick stoppages. Fighters get dropped hard, and the ref jumps in—despite the fact that the downed fighter may still be actively trying to continue. That can lead to a lot of heated post-fight exchanges, fighters claiming that they’re totally fine and deserved the chance to keep fighting.
But then, there are some fighters who just don’t stop to complain at all. Brains operating on automatic as they try to recuperate their senses; just latch on to whatever’s handy and keep the afloat for as long as possible. Even if whatever’s handy happens to not even belong to their opponent.
At ONE Championship: A New Tomorrow, Chinese lightweight Ma Jia Wen found himself latched on to the leg of referee Olivier Costa, shortly after eating a bomb from Mongolia’s Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg. Ma tumbled to the mat as Costa stepped in to stop the fight, and then rolled through for what would have been a sweet kneebar, if only he hadn’t ended up grappling with the wrong man. Check out the highlight below...
The event also featured thrilling action in the Muay Thai main event between Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Jonathan Haggerty, with Rodtang picking up the third round TKO on a volley of body shots. Former Muay Thai champion Stamp Fairtex continued her successful jump to MMA in the co main event, with a first round TKO over Puja Tomar—moving her record to 3-0 in the process.
Here are the complete results:
Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Jonathan Haggerty via TKO at 2:39 of R3 - Muay Thai Bout
Stamp Fairtex def. Puja Tomar via TKO (GnP) at 4:27 of R1 - MMA Bout
Sangmanee Sathian def. Kenta Yamada via UD - Muay Thai Bout
Thanh Le def. Ryogo Takahashi via TKO (punches) at 2:51 of R1 - MMA Bout
Liam Harrison def. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud via KO at 2:03 of R1 - Muay Thai Bout
Muangthai PK def. Brice Delval via SD - Muay Thai Bout
Raimond Magomedaiev def. Joey Pierotti via Sub (guillotine) at 3:50 of R1 - MMA Bout
Adam Noi def. Victor Pinto via UD - Kickboxing Bout
Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg def. Jia Wen Ma via TKO (punches) at 0:55 of R1 - MMA Bout
Mehdi Zatout def. Han Zi Hao via SD - Muay Thai Bout
Ayaka Miura def. Maira Mazar via Sub (americana) at 3:01 of R2 - MMA Bout
Roel Rosauro def. Yohan Mulia Legowo via UD - MMA Bout