Singapore and Turkey were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The 11th bout of the evening was between Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore and Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, 24, of Turkey.
Khan was one of the two hometown fighter at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Arslanaliev solely represented Turkey. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.
Arslanaliev was originally from Dagestan, Russia. He was 14 years old when he moved to Istanbul, Turkey and started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Corvos MMA.
“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Arslanaliev’s eighth ONE Championship bout. He has been competing professionally since 2014 and he joined the promotion in 2016.
Born in Singapore on November 5, 1994, Khan suffers from Tourette Syndrome. He attended high school in the U.S. and returned to Singapore in 2014 and joined Evolve MMA where is he currently training.
Khan has been competing professionally since 2014. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his 16th ONE Championship bout.
The match between Khan and Arslanaliev was a semi-final match in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.
Cheng put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 56 seconds in the first round. Arslanaliev knocked out Khan.
Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Arslanaliev to 8 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Khan now has 11 wins and 6 losses.
“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events
Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.
Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.
Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.