During the main event of ONE 165, the incumbent flyweight kickboxing world champion, Superlek Kiatmoo9, defended his title against Takeru Segawa, a legend in the sport of K-1. During the first round, both competitors exchanged a series of violent leg kicks with one another. Takeru’s legs were pounded by Superlek, and he periodically threw heat at his opponent’s body. Superlek did an outstanding job of alternating his attacks for a variety of different combinations. It seemed as though “The Kicking Machine” had the upper hand as the first round came to a close, as Takeru was having a difficult time getting his offensive going. Takeru’s lead leg was brutally attacked by Superlek in the second round, continuing the trend that had begun in the first round. On the other hand, “The Natural Born Crusher” did achieve some level of success when he was able to narrow the gap and let his hands go, albeit these instances were extremely rare and infrequent. In the third round, Takeru encircled Superlek with one minute remaining in the round and unleashed a barrage of body blows that caused the champion to cover up and withstand the storm. This was the moment when the tables began to turn. Takeru’s consistent pressure and attacks on the body were clearly wearing on the defending champion, making it a fight that could go any way going into the fifth and final round. After potentially giving up in the third round, “The Kicking Machine” appeared to be the more active fighter in the fourth round at that point. Each of the combatants depleted their gas tanks with barely three minutes remaining in the battle. While Superlek attacked the body with some excellent knees in the middle, Takeru retaliated with a couple of powerful right punches. Superlek’s attack was successful. When the final bell rang, Takeru was attempting to land a knockout blow at the very last second, but Superlek was able to maintain his distance and survive both the round and the fight. In order to maintain his title as the holder of the ONE flyweight kickboxing world championship, Superlek Kiatmoo9 ultimately prevailed over Takeru Segawa through a unanimous decision.
Full results from ONE 165 in Tokyo, Japan
Gustavo Balart prevailed over Hiroba Minowa in a mixed martial arts (MMA) division by way of a split decision.
When it came to mixed martial arts (MMA), Bokang Masunyane prevailed over Keito Yamakita by way of a unanimous decision.
In the heavyweight division of kickboxing, Rade Opacic prevailed over Iraj Azizpour by way of a unanimous decision.
Danny Kingad was defeated by Yuya Wakamatsu in a flyweight mixed martial arts fight by a unanimous decision.
The atomweight division of mixed martial arts was won by Ayaka Miura through a unanimous decision.
Garry Tonon won the featherweight division of mixed martial arts (MMA) by submitting Martin Nguyen with a rear-naked choke at 4:41 of the first round.
At one minute and twenty seconds into the third round, Marat Grigorian defeated Sitthichai Sitsonpeenong by knockout (uppercut to the body) (156.5 pounds catchweight – kickboxing).
At 1:40 of the first round, Nieky Holzken knocked out Yoshihiro Akiyama with a right hand. The fight was set to take place at 187.25 pounds catchweight and was decided by special rules.
In the first round of the openweight mixed martial arts competition, Shinya Aoki won via submission (rear-naked choke) at three minutes and ten seconds.
The ONE lightweight submission grappling world championship was won by Kade Ruotolo over Tommy Langaker through a unanimous decision.
Takeru Segawa was defeated by Superlek Kiatmoo9 through a unanimous decision when competing for the ONE flyweight kickboxing world championship.