South Korea and China were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the third bout of the evening, Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea faced Tang Kai, 23, of China.
Tang trains out of Dragon Warrior in Shanghai. He wanted to spoil Lee’s second featherweight outing and claim victory for himself in his grand premiere.
Lee is a NAGA No-Gi Grappling Champion who first began his martial arts journey by training in taekwondo. After experiencing success in the discipline, he shifted his focus to the grappling arts and began training at Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.
Lee and Tang competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee of the contest.
Coste put a stop to the featherweight bout between Lee and Tang after 1 minute and 14 seconds in the second round. The Chinese fighter knocked out his Korean opponent.
Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Tang’s professional MMA record to 9 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 4 wins and 4 losses.
“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events
In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.
Australia, Algeria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, the Philippines, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.