Here at Tarps Off Sports I ALWAYS allow opinion pieces as well as just the news as is. Today I am proud to debut my new contribution to written journalism “Absolute Fact Pieces”, and this week’s absolute fact piece was a no-brainer. One Battleground Kicked ass. The ONE Championship promotion came back with a bang this morning with an absolutely stacked card. One Battleground featured some of the promotions fan favorites which included Ritu Phogat, Victoria Lee, and the return of the legendary Aung La N Sang.
Victoria Lee Was Dominant Moving to 2-0
The younger sister of ONE World Champion’s Christian and Angela Lee the 17-year old phenom left little doubt during her first-round submission victory that she is the real deal. Victoria Lee git the quick victory via arm-bar just 1:42 into the bout. Many people have wondered if she could handle the pressure of following in her sibling’s footsteps but this morning she answered the bell. Victoria Lee is here to stay, Don’t believe me? Watch another replay of ONE Battleground.
Ritu Phogat Leaves The Judges No Choice
After a controversial loss at the very card designed to honor her family, Indian sensation Ritu Phogat left no doubt in her decision victory over Lin Heqin. Heqin was on an 11 fight win streak heading into the contest but Heqin’s striking was no match for Ritu’s pressure and ground game. Ritu has clearly started to develop a kickboxing game which at times looked sharp against the scrappy Heqin. When push came to shove Ritu overcame like she always does and put on for her country.
After choosing MMA over an Olympic wrestling career, for Ritu to score the biggest win of her life during the Olympic Games must taste extra sweet.
Aung La N Sang’s Road To Redemption Was Violent Poetry
After losing both his titles to Reinier de Ridder, Aung La N Sang arrived at media day with a different look in his eyes. You could tell that was a man who would stop at nothing to get the victory and get the victory he did after scoring a vicious first-round knockout over Leandro Ataides. I also want to point out, Aung La also was repping a new beard which as a man with a beard I can’t help but wonder if it helped his power in this fight.
All joking aside no one in MMA has had to deal with what Aung La has had to endure. His home country of Myanmar is in a civil war against a dictatorship and this issue is so close to his heart. You could feel the emotion from the Sanford MMA product in his post-fight interview. The road to redemption is on for Aung La N Sang and the people of Myanmar.
Prajanchai PK Saenchai def. Sam-A To Clinch The Strawweight Muay Thai World Title
Mixed martial arts is just that. A mix of different martial arts. Well, NO martial art kicks more ass than Muay Thai. Kicks, punches, knees, and elbows… Only the good stuff. “Wrestle Bear” need not apply when we are talking about Muay Thai. This bout featured world-class striking from both Sam-A and Prajanchai. Prajanchai shocked the world in his first fight inside ONE beating the only man to ever hold the belt.
ONE Battleground was an unbelievable card. Our Tarps Off Sports watch party did 50 thousand views across all our social media platforms proving that ONE is making noise in North America.
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