Full interview with ONE Championship strawweight kickboxing champion, Jonathan Di Bella above.
Kickboxing enthusiasts worldwide anticipated the action-packed matchup between Jonathan Di Bella and “The Fighting Rooster” Zhang Peimian to be action packed. What transpired on fight night for the vacant ONE Strawweight kickboxing world title, was nothing short of spectacular. The fans got their wish and this championship bout lived up to the hype.
“There was a bit of nerves,” says Di Bella when he looks back and reflects on his recent championship win. “I wanted to win this belt badly,” he continues. “Everybody was talking about him. They were hyping him up. They didn’t really know me because I hadn’t fought for ONE before.”
Both fighters entered the ring, putting their impressive undefeated record on the line. For Di Bella, it would be his first outing under the ONE platform.
The two combatants met in the center and traded furious kicks and punches for five hard fought rounds. The bout in its entirety was an instant classic. The strawweight contenders went head-to-head and blow for blow for the entire duration of the fight.
The fight could arguably be scored a draw through the fourth round with the fifth and final round being the deciding factor. In the midst of a heated fifth round, Di Bella landed a perfectly timed head kick, dropping “The Fighting Rooster” in his tracks for the count. Peimian beat the count and continued to fight until the bout concluded but the knockdown sealed the deal for Di Bella.
In the end, the judges gave the nod to the Canadian-Italian superstar, Di Bella via unanimous decision, crowning him the new and undisputed ONE strawweight kickboxing king of the world.
Tune in above as MyMMANews follows up with the new ONE strawweight kickboxing champion, Jonathan Di Bella. He discusses the trip to Singapore. He talks about the intense weigh ins as well as how he saw the bout through his own eyes.
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
He is Co-promoter of Delaware’s premier kick-boxing and Muay Thai organization, IBF Promotions. Recently he has also accompanied MMA organizations Global Proving Ground and XCC as Co-host and ringside commentator.