MMA: NZ's Ev Ting knocked out of ONE Championship lightweight Grand Prix

'Dagi' delivers the punch that was the start of the ending.
'Dagi' delivers the punch that was the start of the ending. Photo credit: Supplied

New Zealand's Ev Ting has been eliminated from ONE Championship's lightweight Grand Prix, emphatically finished in the opening minute of the contest by rising star and leading tournament contender Sayid 'Dagi' Arslanaliev at ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.

Arslanaliev needed only 30 seconds to book his spot in the semi-final, catching Ting with a stinging shot to the back of the ear that sent the Kiwi-Malaysian to the canvas, before swooping with clean shots from the top to see the referee put a halt to proceedings.

There was a hint of an early stoppage by the referee to which Ting immediately took exception, but replays suggested there was only further damage to come.

The win sees the Turkish fighter advance to take on Ariel Sexton for a place in the final, after the Costa Rican grappler spoiled hometown hero Amir Khan's party with a third-round submission win.

On the other side of the bracket, former UFC world champion Eddie Alvarez will square off with Russian Timofey Nastyukhin for the right to take on Lowen Tynanes in the second semi-final.

In the evening's main event, Stamp Fairtex defeated American Janet Todd to secure the ONE Super Series Muay Thai women's atomweight title.


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