Ekaterina Vandaryeva and Supergirl’s polarizing bout leads to a sizable shift in broader company methodology. ONE Championship abolishes their fight review collective and announces this amid calls to revise the initial verdict for this aforementioned clash.
Vandaryeva and Supergirl will run it back for an instant sequel. One that will happen at a date, venue, and location that is not known as of this writing.
After the controversial split decision in their fight at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS, Chatri has ordered an immediate rematch and both Supergirl and Ekaterina Vandaryeva have accepted! Stay tuned for more details 👀 #ONEHeavyHitters #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/wYZMCQNqPT
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 17, 2022
The split decision verdict in that ONE: Heavy Hitters strawweight Muay Thai clash sent a ripple effect through the ONE Championship landscape.
News of the competition committee falling by the wayside was first broken by South China Morning Post.
The SCMP source also communicates that this decision was made at the end of 2021. But the call was broadly articulated following ONE’s first card of 2022.
ONE Championship Abolishes Their Fight Review Collective
ONE Championship previously had a committee of unknown figures both internal and external to the company. Individuals who would conduct fight reviews on controversial bout outcomes. A collective comprised of former fighters, officials, judges, etc.
This committee intervention was seen previously in the Alvarez vs Lapicus and Zamboanga vs Ham bouts. The former fight saw a verdict shift from DQ to a no contest while the latter clash saw the initial judges’ decision upheld.
In the hours since exiting the ONE Circle, Supergirl took to social media to talk about her last performance.
The 18-year-old Muay Thay sensation stated, “I got the W last night but the performance was so bad for me. Due to covid and school stuff I haven’t fought for 1 year and 4 months till last night. It wasn’t my best performance but I did try my best at that time and keep forward for the whole fight. And I’m truly sorry that the results by the judges made you guys not happy with that. I fought and let the judges did their job. That’s out of my control. Sorry about that again. And congratulations to my opponent who won the bonus last night. You’re the best!”
What are your thoughts on the ONE competition committee no longer being instantiated?