In a stunning night, Thanh Le claimed the ONE Interim Featherweight MMA World Title in a little over a minute in a surprising manner.
Thanh Le, primarily known for his striking abilities, faced off against the rising Russian talent, Ilya Freymanov, in the main event of ONE Fight Night 15, which was broadcast on Prime Video in U.S. primetime on Friday, October 6. This electrifying showdown took place at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, and the fighters wasted no time in igniting the action.
After a brief feeling-out process on their feet that lasted only a few seconds, Le, a former undisputed World Champion in the division, and the #3-ranked Freymanov engaged in a brief exchange of strikes before transitioning into the clinch. With remarkable speed, the fight transitioned to the ground, where the 38-year-old Le swiftly initiated an attack focused on a leg lock from his position on the bottom. In just a matter of seconds, he secured a heel hook, ultimately concluding the contest at a mere 1 minute and 2 seconds into the first round. This impressive victory marked a significant moment in Thanh Le’s MMA career.