Video: Both fighters knocked down during violent KO sequence at ONE Championship
As fight fans gear up for the return of the UFC this weekend with UFC Vega 46, they were treated to a special early ONE Championship: Heavy Hitters knockout in Singapore on Friday.
The incident occurred during a kickboxing match between Giannis Stoforidis and Beybulat Isaev on the main card. Stoforidis was making his ONE Championship debut and facing a knockout artist on a streak in Isaev, so expectations were relatively lowered for the 32-year-old Greek fighter.
That said, Stoforidis quickly flipped the script and impressed everyone from the commentators in the cage to the fans watching around the world. Moments into the first round, both light heavyweights unleashed strong left hooks that connected flush. Stoforidis was able to eat the shot and stay conscious as he hit the ground, but Isaev instantly shut down and crashed to the canvas in a heap. The entire fight lasted just 31 seconds.
Watch the finale above courtesy of ONE Championship.
While this isn’t as rare as two simultaneous knockouts, it’s still pretty unique. Isaev is a devastating knockout artist, so for Stoforidis to eat the shot and still score his own finish speaks to his skill levels. It’s safe to say that Stoforidis made a memorable debut in his first ONE Championship fight.