Featherweight Eko Roni Saputra scored one of the best knockouts of 2021 at ONE Championship: Battleground 2, a previously-recorded event that aired on tape delay Friday.
Saputra entered the cage on a four-fight winning streak with all victories coming inside the first round, but outdid himself against Liu Peng Shuai, landing a powerful right hand that dropped his opponent unconscious on the canvas.
A heavyweight contest between Alain Ngalani and Thomas Narmo ended in a no-contest after “The Panther” landed an unintentional groin strike in the second stanza. Narmo will get a quick turnaround to welcome jiu-jitsu superstar Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida to MMA on Sept. 24.
The opening bout in Singapore featured lightweights Otgonbaatar Nergui and Rahul Raju, and Raju tapped his opponent with a rear-naked choke in the second stanza to improve to 8-6 in the sport.
Check the ONE Championship: Battleground 2 complete results below.
Zhang Lipeng def. Eduard Folayang via unanimous decision
Alex Silva def. Miao Li Tao via unanimous decision
Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani - no contest (accidental groin strike)
Eko Roni Saputra def. Liu Peng Shuai via KO - Round 1, 0:10
Rahul Raju def. Otgonbaatar Nergui via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:54