'Open the Fridge!': Robin Catalan Shocks Crowd With Brutal KO at ‘ONE Championship’

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"Open the fridge. The Cuban (is) out cold!" were the words commentator Michael Schiavello used to describe an overwhelming victory by Filipino wrestler Robin Catalan over his Cuban opponent, Gustavo Balart, at the ‘ONE Championship: Masters of Fate’ in Manila on Friday.

Filipino wrestler Robin Catalan achieved a brutal victory Friday over Cuban opponent Gustavo Balart at the ONE Championship taking place in Manila, winning a preliminary card in the championship.

Catalan gave a powerful head-kick knockout to former Olympic wrestler Balart just 20 seconds before the end of the second round that instantly sent the latter to the ground unconscious, leaving an astonished audience open-mouthed.

Catalan’s dramatic KO came one week after a stunning head-kick knockout was given by Kevin Lee to the previously-undefeated Gregor Gillespie, resulting in the latter's defeat at the UFC 244 in New York. Commentators and fans alike have described Catalan’s incredible KO as surpassing Lee’s pile-driving knockout.

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