Laying Down Leather #8: ONE, New Year Dash, and More!

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Laying Down Leather, the casual blog post discussing my thoughts on events throughout the past week.


The sole MMA event I watched this weekend was ONE Championship. It was a fast and fun little card. I wasn’t a fan of how the first two fights weren’t available to watch in Canada (and the USA I think?), but oh well. I’m very happy that I get to watch on Youtube for free.

Here’s my three stars:

  1. Rodtang Jitmuangnon

Obviously, it’s worth giving credit to Rodtang’s performance in the main event over Jonathan Haggerty. Rodtang was able to put away to his rematched foe in three rounds, not needing scorecards like their fight before. Body shots galore!

2. Stamp Fairtex

Stamp Fairtex wasn’t given the hardest opponent possible, but she did put on a phenomenal performance in the co-main slot. She continued to be a dominant and very entertaining fighter, dancing on the way to the ring. Like seriously, the dancing she did would gas some people out before the fight.

3. Raimond Magomedaliev

Getting his first win in ONE finally, Raimond Magomedaliev put on a very good performance over Joey Pierotti. Doing lots of damage in the clinch, he put an end to the fight after putting Pierotti in a guillotine choke. It was a performance that showed he deserves to be in ONE.

Fight of the Night: Adam Noi vs. Victor Pinto (Kickboxing)

The fight of the night has to go to Adam Noi and Victor Pinto. The fast-paced three-round fight seemingly never slowed down. It was a close one to score, as both fighters were having their moments. I highly recommend people find this fight and watch it.

Read the live coverage of ONE Championship: A New Tomorrow here.


I watched NJPW’s New Year Dash earlier this week.

Jushin “Thunder” Liger’s retirement ceremony was happy and sad. Sad because of course he’s leaving, but happy because it was a very positive moment. And honestly, this was the best way to retire. He didn’t need to retire (to our knowledge), but he chose to under his own terms. Nothing is more sad than someone being forced to retire, but we didn’t have to see that. Enjoy retirement, Liger.

I’m very invested in this KENTA versus Tetsuya Naito rivalry. Looks very exciting.

I think I’ll skip out on watching the Fantastica Mania tour sadly. I’ve been too busy with work and school, and honestly, it started without me noticing. Oh well!

Upcoming Work

Sad news, but I will not be covering UFC 246 live. However, I’ll have some content being put out leading up to the fight night. And, I’ll have a report out the next day of the whole card.

I have some fun little projects I’m working on right now that should see their debut on this site later this year. I’ll talk about it more in coming weeks.

As usual, more stuff will be put on as well too. The K-pop Awards are still being worked on.

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