Tawanchai PK. Saenchai
Tawanchai PK.Saenchai successfully dethroned Petchmorakot Petchyindee for the ONE featherweight Muay Thai championship at ONE 161. ONE Championship


  • Tawanchai's crowning glory came at the expense of Petchmorakot
  • Roman Kryklia continues his run of dominance
  • Tiffany Teo is on her way to jostling the women's atomweight rankings

ONE Championship produced another solid card with ONE 161, and multiple storylines have emerged from the different outcomes of the event.

Here are three that combat sports fans will want to look out for from here on out.

Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Fulfills Potential

The talented youngster in Tawanchai PK.Saenchai has risen to the top of the Muay Thai featherweight division after ending Petchmorakot Petchyindee's 965-day reign with the title.

Tawanchai stepped into the main event of ONE 161 with fans still questioning whether he had enough against the more technical and proven style of Petchmorakot, but those fears were laid to rest quickly.

As soon as the opening bell rang, Tawanchai was cautious but decisive in his strikes as he sought to break down Petchmorakot's stout defense with leg kicks and teep kicks.

Petchmorakot roared back in the third and fourth rounds, but it soon became apparent that the 23-year-old from Pattaya, Thailand was going to go home with gold after showing that he wanted it more in the fifth round.

Judges awarded Tawanchai with the unanimous decision victory and now stands atop the rankings as the best 155-pound Muay Thai fighter in ONE Championship.

Petchmorakot Petchyindee, Tawanchai PK.Saenchai
Tawanchai PK.Saenchai (left) throws a teep kick towards Petchyindee Petchyindee during their clash for the ONE featherweight Muay Thai championship at ONE 161. ONE Championship

Who Can Stop Roman Kryklia?

This question has been raised since the beginning of Kryklia's time with ONE Championship, and it seems like he will never go away.

After winning the inaugural ONE light heavyweight kickboxing title and two impressive defenses later, Kryklia has his eyes set on taking over the heavyweight division as well.

The Ukrainian only needed less than a minute to prove that no one can get on his level as he finished off Guto Inocente during their semifinal matchup in the ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.

Kryklia brought down the Brazilian with a solid right-hand to the jaw for the first knockdown and a big head kick that saw Inocente wobble had the referee calling for the bell.

His run of dominance will be greatly tested by the man who last defeated him in the form of Iran's Iraj Azizpour when they meet in the finals of the Grand Prix sometime soon.

Roman Kryklia, Guto Inocente
Roman Kryklia landing the knockout kick against Guto Inocente at ONE 161. ONE Championship

Tiffany Teo Makes Statement In Atomweight Debut

The ONE women's atomweight division is as exciting as ever as Singapore's Tiffany Teo surprised Ritu Phogat with a submission victory in the second fight of the main card.

Both women were extremely cautious of the other as one mistake could lead to disaster, which is what happened when Phogat attempted to gain the top position on the ground.

Teo's awareness of the situation allowed her to defend the takedown attempt well before ending up on the mat, while "The Indian Tigress" still hoped to secure her position.

A sequence of events later led to Teo getting the better of Phogat's defense and subsequently ended up behind her, leading to the rear-naked choke finish ten seconds before the first round ended.

The women's atomweight division is as stacked as they come and Teo, currently unranked, is poised for a spot among the Top Five.

Tiffany Teo, Ritu Phogat
Tiffany Teo working her way towards a submission finish of Ritu Phogat at ONE 161. ONE Championship