Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov earns 3rd ONE Championship win

Muin Gafurov
Muin Gafurov

On October 6, 2018, Muin “Tajik” Gafurov, 22, of Dushanbe, Tajikistan competed in ONE Championship for the fifth time. He was the only Tajik athlete who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the ninth bout of the evening, Gafurov competed in an MMA bout the bantamweight division against Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the MMA bantamweight bout between Gafurov and Issa at 2:44 in the first round. The Tajik knocked out his Brazilian opponent.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Gafurov’s professional MMA record to 16 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Issa now has 16 win and 7 losses.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here: