ONE Welterweight World Champion Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov of Kyrgyzstan delivered a sensational come-from-behind technical knockout victory over previously unbeaten contender James Nakashima of the United States at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Nakashima connected with a massive punch that damaged Abbasov’s nose in the first round, and the reigning World Champion was forced to overcome adversity the rest of the way. In the second round, Nakashima began targeting the nose and attempted takedowns that were defended well by Abbasov. In the third round, Nakashima finally landed a successful takedown after multiple tries and worked from top position.
Nakashima appeared to be in full control of the action and cruising to victory. The tables were turned in the fourth round, however, when Abbasov staggered Nakashima with a knee as the challenger was attempting another double-leg. With Nakashima rocked, “Brazen” closed the show behind a flurry of strikes that forced the referee to halt the contest.
The upcoming edition of ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX III will be broadcasted on on Friday, 13 November. In the main event, former ONE Bantamweight World Champion and current #1-ranked bantamweight contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines will take on #5-ranked contender John “Hands of Stone” Lineker of Brazil.