Queensland’s Elliot Compton has come up short in his ONE Championship return.
“The Dragon” went down to 2nd-degree BJJ black belt Allisson Barbosa by first-round submission in a lightweight MMA tilt at ONE Friday Fights 3 on February 3.
The 34-year-old started brightly at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, tagging the lead leg of Barbosa with calf kicks. But the Brazilian was not deterred and landed a punch early that opened a cut on Compton’s face.
Barbosa soon landed a takedown and immediately started searching for a head and arm choke.
Compton – a BJJ brown belt in his own right – defended diligently but soon gave up the mount as Barbosa sunk in the choke.
The referee stepped in to save Compton at 2:28 of the first round and while he was in a bad position, the Aussie did not appear to have tapped.
Compton protested the controversial stoppage, but to no avail, as Barbosa was awarded the victory as well as a US$10,000 performance bonus – courtesy of ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
Barbosa was impressive in his ONE debut, and the Phuket Fight Club representative improved his record to 20-8 in victory.
In defeat, Compton fell to 1-1 in his MMA tenure, following a 46-11 run in Muay Thai and kickboxing.
The Team Compton flag bearer previously fought under the ONE banner from 2018-2020 in the striking arts, going 1-3 during that stretch.
In the main event, Petsukumvit Boi Bangna also made a huge impression in his ONE debut, when he took a close but unanimous decision win over Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi in an all-out war.
ONE Friday Fights 3 Full Results
- Bantamweight Muay Thai: Petsukumvit Boi Bangna defeated Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi via unanimous decision
- Bantamweight Kickboxing: Elbrus Amirkhanovich defeated Paedsanlek PK.Saenchai via knockout R1, 1:41
- Strawweight Muay Thai: Kongchai Chanaidonmueang defeated Kritpetch PK.Saenchai via knockout R1, 1:15
- Bantamweight Muay Thai: Ilyas Musaev defeated Panrit Lukjaomaesaiwaree via knockout R2, 1:03
- Atomweight Muay Thai: Yu Yau Pui defeated TheStar Sitcho via knockout R2, 1:12
- Lightweight Muay Thai: Rungrawee Sitsongpeenong defeated Mustafa Al Tekreeti via unanimous decision
- Featherweight MMA: Shannon Wiratchai defeated Poriya Golpour via TKO R1, 4:33
- Featherweight Muay Thai: Alex Bublea defeated Alan Yauny via unanimous decision
- Lightweight MMA: Allisson Barbosa defeated Elliot Compton via submission (head and arm choke) R1, 2:28
- Strawweight Muay Thai: Dokmaipa Fairtex defeated Barbara Aguiar via unanimous decision
- Bantamweight MMA: Ivan Parshikov defeated Dmitriy Babkin via unanimous decision