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Special Rules Super-Fight: Nieky Holzken vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama At ONE 165 – Here’s Everything You Need To Know

5 months ago By Jhon Woug

The highly anticipated superfight between Nieky Holzken and Yoshihiro Akiyama, set to take place at ONE 165 on January 28th, guarantees a one-of-a-kind display. This catchweight clash at 187.25 pounds boasts an unconventional structure comprising three rounds with exclusive regulations per round.

In the first round of boxing, it will be Holzken’s Sweet Science versus Akiyama’s Unfamiliar Territory.

With the sound of the bell marking the start of round one, a display of traditional boxing techniques is about to commence. Ex-professional boxer Nieky Holzken will employ his mastery in “the sweet science,” while judo stylist Akiyama faces an unaccustomed challenge.

Boxing boots are worn by the fighters at the start of the bout. However, if it lasts beyond round one, they will be removed in round two. The use of closed-fist punches is permitted while ensuring that strikes land on the front part of gloves exclusively. Any spinning or jumping maneuvers are prohibited during this match.

During this round, clinching or holding is not allowed in order to prevent any tactics of stalling or strategic hitting. Only those with the soles of their feet on the canvas are permitted to strike a downed opponent. Winning can be achieved by knockout or technical knockout, and if an opponent falls three times, it leads to a mandatory TKO.

Round Two: Muay Thai: The Mastery of Eight Limbs Unleashed.

As they move onto the second round, the competitors adeptly execute techniques from Muay Thai. With ONE’s universal rules for this martial art in place, fighters have plenty of options at their disposal when it comes to strikes—they can use punches and elbow strikes as well as kicks and knee blows both up close during clinching or farther back away from each other on a larger scale combat-wise.

While sweeps and trips are acceptable techniques to bring down an opponent, Akiyama is prohibited from utilising his judo skills, such as hip throws and leg reaping. It should be noted that clinching of the upper body region is allowed in this situation.

Much like in boxing, triumph can be secured by a knockout or technical knockout. If an opponent suffers three knockdowns, it results in a mandatory TKO.

The Grand Finale of Round 3: Mixed Martial Arts, showcasing a Full Arsenal.

As the fighters step into the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), the last round heightens its fervor. According to ONE’s Global MMA Rule Set, this stage sanctions strikes such as punches, kicks, knees, and elbows while standing. When on ground level, it permits contenders to execute knee attacks along with punches and elbow hits targeted towards an opponent who is downed in combat.

Takedowns bring about a dynamic change in the fight, with all possible avenues open to the attacker as long as they steer clear of spiking their opponent on their head, neck, or spine.

The battle flows effortlessly between upright and mat positions, allowing for the use of ground-and-pound techniques and submissions as effective means of assault. Securing victory in this round can be accomplished by delivering a knockout blow, a technical knockdown, or a submission manoeuvre.

Save the date for ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru!

The highly anticipated bout between Holzken and Akiyama, which adheres to unique regulations, is scheduled as part of the ONE 165 event featuring Superlek versus Takeru. Fans are eagerly gearing up for a thrilling night filled with excitement.

Be sure to mark January 28 on your calendars and set an alarm for either 3 a.m. EST or 3 p.m. ICT, as the event will only be accessible through pay-per-view. This guarantees that enthusiasts from all over can experience this exceptional convergence of regulations and techniques firsthand.

The whole world is waiting to see the ultimate distinction between triumph and failure, between victory and defeat, in the Holzken vs. Akiyama super-fight with special rules. Expect a breathtaking display of fighting styles, from traditional boxing to intricate Muay Thai techniques, as well as an immersive showcase of mixed martial arts prowess by both fighters. Brace yourself for One 165—an evening that’s sure to leave you on the edge of your seat, where each strike or submission could determine who comes out victorious!

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