MACAU: Brazillian Adriano Moraes secured a rematch with reigning flyweight world champion Kairat Akhmetov after downing Kyrgyzstan’s Tilek Batyrov in the interim flyweight title fight at ONE Championship's Heroes' of the World late last night.
The former title holder was in control throughout the bout at The Venetian's Cotai Arena, winning by submission (rear naked choke) four minutes and 49 seconds into the second round.
Moraes was delighted with his performance and the shot at redemption it brings.
"I worked so hard to live this moment right now and I believe I deserved this," said the 27-year-old.
"He (Batyrov) is a very good boxer but he has some weaknesses, he gave me the space to take him down.
"I have a black belt in jiu jitsu which I always work to improve. I have a lot of confidence in my (ground game) abilities and it gave me another submission win for me today (yesterday).
"The rematch is coming, I have placed my cards on the table and I am confident I will win (against Akhmetov).
"Akhmetov, I am here waiting for you."
Moraes lost the title to Akhmetov (Kazakhstan) in a close split decision win for the latter at Dynasty of Champions (China) last year.
Moraes, however, remains adamant that he had unfairly lost the fight against Akhmetov, believing the decision should have gone his way.
Akhmetov is currently out with a long term back injury, hence the interim bout.
The rematch, which will unify the interim and full belts, will depend on when Akhmetov can return to fitness.