One distributes performance bonuses of $50,000 to fighters

One distributes performance bonuses of ,000 to fighters

Saigid Isagakhmaev vs James Nakashima. 1 championship photo

MANILA, Philippines – The ONE Championship rolled out a first batch of performance rewards at the end of the ONE Card: Heavy Hitters on Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

CEO Chatri Sityodtong awarded a reward of $50,000 to Ekaterina Vandarieva, Senzo Ikeda and Saiged Isagakhmayev after the event.

Of the three, only Vandareva was on the losing end after suffering a heavy loss in a split decision to Supergirl in the women’s strawweight division.

“We look at it by two criteria: the first is performance, i.e. displaying martial arts techniques at the highest levels in the world; the second is the indifference, after completion, that murderous instinct every second of fighting, looking for the end and not trying to hold back, not trying to play Safely, back to the true essence of what martial arts is all about,” Sityodtong explained regarding Vandaryeva’s reward.

“Martial arts is about ending a self-defense pose, it’s about protecting and defending yourself, whether it’s on the street, in the gym or in competition, and I want to make sure our athletes have that spirit.”

Izagakhmaev, sponsored by former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, had a strong showing in the promotion as former ONE title contender James Nakashima delivered via Prabhu choke 2:17 in the second round.

Senzo Ikeda vs Elipitua Seregar.

Senzo Ikeda wins after Elipitua Seregar is sent off. 1 championship photo

Ikeda, unlike Isagakhmaev, got his reward with his landslide shot as he knocked out a booming left hook Ellipetwa Seregar to the liver at 2:00 in the third round of the strawweight competition.

Two Filipino fighters were originally on board for the ONE Card: Heavy Hitters but Jeremy Miado and Robin Catalan were pulled due to COVID-19 protocols.

Sityodtong added that performance rewards will now be awarded consistently after each event with at least one recipient and a maximum of five across different disciplines.

“Whether it’s mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, kickboxing, submission grappling, etc., all the different martial arts we’re showing, that’s really added incentive,” Sityodtong said. “I want to make sure that we can bring the best out of our roster and at the same time, of course, I want to make sure we’re rewarding our fans.”

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