It didn’t take long for Meng Bo to launch her introduction to ONE Championship fans Saturday.
In her long-awaited promotional debut, after having two previously scheduled fights against two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi scrapped, Bo (14-5) took out former title challenger Laura Balin (11-6) with relative ease in the top MMA fight at “ONE Championship 103: Age of Dragons.”
Balin held her own in the opening minute of the fight, coming at Bo. But when Bo landed a big overhand right, Balin quickly dropped to the canvas. It took Bo only a few punches on the ground to have the fight stopped at the 2:18 mark of the first round. It was Bo’s fourth straight win and her first fight in 13 months.
In other MMA fights on the card, which featured ONE Super Series kickboxing and muay Thai fights in the final three bouts, Ritu Phogat (1-0) took out Nam Hee Kim (0-1) with a first-round TKO and Jeremy Miado (9-4) knocked out Miao Li Tao (5-2) in the first round.
Ahead of those stoppages, Tang Kai (10-2) outworked Edward Kelly (12-8) for a unanimous decision, giving Kelly a second straight loss after seven fights of up-and-down results. Yusup Saadulaev (19-5-1) took a split decision from Daichi Takenaka (12-2-1), giving him six wins in his past seven fights. And Hexigetu (7-4) outworked Ramon Gonzales (4-3) for a unanimous decision.
ONE Championship 103 MMA results included:
- Meng Bo def. Laura Balin via knockout – Round 1, 2:18
- Ritu Phogat def. Nam Hee Kim via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:37
- Jeremy Miado def. Miao Li Tao via knockout – Round 1, 3:01
- Tang Kai def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
- Yusup Saadulaev def. Daichi Takenaka via split decision
- Hexigetu def. Ramon Gonzales via unanimous decision