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7 Of ONE Championship's Most Devastating Knockout Artists

March 29, 2018

Knockouts are the most spectacular way to finish a bout, and ONE Championship is blessed with a roster full of finishers whose strikes have produced a slew of pulsating highlight reel finishes.

From the heavy-handed heavyweights to the lightning-quick strawweights, there are always knockout artists for fans to get behind when they enter the ONE cage.

Here are seven of the very best knockout artists on the roster today.

Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon

Every time Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (17-5) steps into the ONE cage, he does so with a lifetime of training and competitive experience under his belt.

One of the first members of the acclaimed Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Belingon is a dangerous wushu stylist who has the ability to throw strikes with speed and power from all angles.

That has led the bantamweight to acquiring five knockout victories in the ONE Championship cage – a promotional bantamweight record. In fact, in 2017, he scored a pair of first-round KO finishes over former bantamweight world title challengers Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, and Reece “Lightning” McLaren.

He can add another known name to his dazzling list of victims when he faces Andrew Leone in the main event of ONE: HEROES OF HONOR on Saturday, 20 April, in Manila. If that happens, Belingon could very well find himself next in line for a shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Championship later this year.

Brandon “The Truth” Vera

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera (15-7) has competed all over the world, but one thing has been a constant throughout his career: knockouts.

“The Truth” has 10 victories coming by way of KO/TKO, including all of his appearances inside the ONE cage. He finished Igor Subora in his ONE debut, and then captured the inaugural ONE Heavyweight World Title with a blistering 26-second knockout of Paul Cheng.

Vera then scored a third straight first-round knockout when he stopped Hideki “Shrek” Sekine via punches, further proving that he may very well be invincible at heavyweight.

The Filipino will be getting married in the coming weeks, but after the honeymoon is over, expect him to defend his title soon thereafter.

Amir Khan

When Amir Khan (9-3) steps into the ONE cage, expect a knockout more often than not. 

The 23-year-old Singaporean set a company record in September 2017 for most knockouts in the promotion’s history, when he put Jaroslav Jartim away to earn his seventh career knockout victory.

Khan, a golfer-turned-martial artist, has risen up the lightweight ranks on a string of unforgettable knockout finishes. His knockout power is already well-known and highly-respected, and fans can expect many more highlight-reel finishes from the young lion in the years to come.

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen

A proven finisher, fans are already familiar with Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen’s incredible power, given he made history by claiming both of his world titles with one-punch knockouts. He finished both former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang in successive bouts with his trademark overhand right.

The Vietnamese-Australian star’s knockout power is nothing new, however. Nguyen (10-2) surged into world title contention on a wave of knockout finishes, with three out of four contests won by KO/TKO. That led him to his title rematch with Gafurov last year.

Expect “The Situ-Asian” to continue thrilling audiences around the world, as he looks to successfully defend both the ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Titles in 2018, and beyond.

Shannon Wiratchai

Although Shannon Wiratchai’s nickname is “OneShin,” the Thai striker has a host of spectacular knockouts on his record courtesy of his punches, kicks, and even knees. Wiratchai (9-2, 1 NC) first gave ONE fans a glimpse of his KO potential with a stunning stoppage victory of Mitch Chilson back in 2013.

The Thai hero has since gone on to forge a well-earned reputation as one of the organization’s most exciting knockout artists, having scored a slew of thrilling knockout victories over the likes of Peter Davis, Richard Corminal, and Rajinder Singh Meena, with the latter happening in just 29 seconds.

However, his most impressive win came just recently at ONE: IRON WILL, when he bettered that mark with a stunning one-punch KO of Rahul Raju in just 21 seconds

Timofey Nastyukhin

Russian wrecking machine Timofey Nastyukhin (12-3) does not believe in setting up his shots. Every strike he throws is designed to knock you out.

The 28-year-old lightweight contender has been out of the first round just twice in his entire martial arts career, and he has finished half of his 12 victories by first-round KO/TKO. In fact, Nastyukhin holds the record for the fastest finish and knockout in ONE history, which he claimed when he flattened Rob Lisita in just six seconds.

He also has another notable first-round finish on his record, as he knocked out former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang in December 2014. The Russian’s striking is always something to behold when he steps inside the ONE cage, and it could very well lead him to a world title shot in the coming months.

Alain “The Panther” Ngalani

Alain “The Panther” Ngalani has emerged as one of the most popular athletes in the organization.

Not only has the Hong Kong hulk entertained fans with his warm spirit and fun personality, but also with his massive knockout ability. After all, he is a four-time Muay Thai and kickboxing heavyweight world champion, famous for his ‘Panther High Kick’ and one-punch knockout power.

The latter was on display last September, as Ngalani knocked out former heavyweight world title challenger Hideki Sekine with a single right hook in 11 seconds. That set the all-time record for the fastest knockout, and stoppage victory, in the promotion’s heavyweight division.

Now coming off a victory in his light heavyweight debut at ONE: IRON WILL, “The Panther” will gun for success both in ONE Super Series, and inside the cage under ONE’s Global Rule Set.