ONE Championship kicked off the promotion’s 2022 schedule on Friday in Singapore, and strawweight champ Jing Nan Xiong was able to retain her belt, while lightweight prospect Saygid Izagakhmaev announced his arrival to the promotion in emphatic fashion.
The action took place in the featured bouts of “ONE Championship: Heavy Hitters,” which streamed on B/R Live from Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Xiong (17-2) was dominant in the main event, outstriking grappling specialist Ayaka Miura (11-4) over the course of five rounds and cruising to a unanimous decision to notch the sixth consecutive defense of her strawweight belt.
Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov protege Izagakhmaev (20-2) was perhaps even more dominant in his second-round submission win over James Nakashima (12-3). While Nakashima had some early moments of success on the feet, Izagakhmaev quickly settled into his own rhythm before dragging the action to the floor and scoring a second-round submission via arm-triangle choke, as well as a $50,000 bonus for his efforts.
After the win, Izagakhmaev boldly called out MMA legends Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez.
You can check out a replay of the event in the video above.
Complete MMA results from ‘ONE Championship: Heavy Hitters’ include:
MAIN CARD (B/R Live, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Champ Jing Nan Xiong def. Ayaka Miura via unanimous decision – to defend strawweight title
Saygid Izagakhmaev def. James Nakashima via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:17
PRELIMINARY CARD (B/R Live, 6:30 a.m. ET)