ONE Championship's latest event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium certainly lived up to the hype.
This past Friday, "ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen" delivered all the thrills, as the evening’s 13 fights produced highlight-reel finishes and plenty of talking points.
Tawanchai PK.Saenchai stunned fans with a jaw-dropping TKO in the headliner, which earned him the No. 1-ranked contender’s spot, a $50,000 performance bonus, and the next shot at the ONE featherweight muay Thai world championship.
It wasn't just the Thai striker who had an amazing night, though. There were other great warriors who prevailed against world-class opposition.
Let’s take a look at who could be next for the biggest winners from ONE 158.
1. Fabricio Andrade
Fabricio "Wonder Boy" Andrade has long been calling for a crack at the ONE bantamweight world title.
Andrade claims to be the "uncrowned king" of the weight class and truly believes he is the most dangerous man in the promotion's bantamweight division. He proved why by demolishing No. 2-ranked contender "Pretty Boy" Kwon Won Il last Friday.
The 24-year-old Brazilian knocked out the South Korean with a crushing kick to the liver, earning the knockout victory in just 62 seconds.
That earned him a $50,000 performance bonus, but it may have also lined him up for a match with reigning ONE bantamweight world champion John Lineker.
Both men are known for their tenacity in the standup department, and given their back-and-forth verbal exchanges, this is a showdown that could quickly become a reality.
2. Guto Inocente
All the talk in the lead-up to this epic heavyweight kickboxing showcase focused on Rade Opacic's meteoric rise.
The Serbian tank entered this contest with four straight knockout victories in ONE Championship, and he was looking for his fifth one and a chance to become the division’s inaugural king.
However, Guto Inocente flipped the script. The Brazilian sent the rising star crashing back to reality with a liver shot, causing the match to be stopped at the 2:33 mark of the first round.
So, who could be next for Inocente? A clash with towering ONE light heavyweight kickboxing world champion Roman Kryklia or perhaps even Iranian juggernaut Iraj Azizpour, both of whom have their eyes locked on gold in the promotion’s heavyweight ranks, too.
3. Marcus Almeida
Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida did what he does best at ONE 158 – seek and destroy.
The 17-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion earned the fastest MMA win of his young career by taking Simon Carson to the mat and unloading ground-and-pound to get the TKO.
Almeida’s grappling may have been the decisive factor, but it was his heavy fists that ultimately powered him to another memorable victory.
With three first-round victories in three contests, "Buchecha" is clearly a heavyweight to watch. But before he enters the world title picture, perhaps he could experience what it’s like to fight a former ONE heavyweight world champion like Brandon "The Truth" Vera.
It would be a true test for the Brazilian behemoth, as Vera has devastating striking, tremendous experience, and solid ground skills.
4. Reece McLaren
After being tagged early in the opening stanza, the Gold Coast native regained his composure and locked in on his rival. McLaren hit a double-leg takedown and then quickly sunk in the rear-naked choke to force "The Hunter" to tap out.
The victory got him back into the winner's bracket, strengthened his grip on the No. 5-ranked flyweight contender's spot, and perhaps even stiffer competition.
In fact, one opponent he has in mind is his old foe, No. 4-ranked Danny Kingad.
McLaren and the Filipino went toe-to-toe in a 15-minute war back in August 2019, and while it was competitive, Kingad walked away with the split-decision victory. The Aussie felt like he deserved the nod, so he wants to run it back – and fans would love to see it.