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ONE Championship has put together a compilation honoring the unsung heroes of martial arts — the referee.

Referees are tasked with enforcing the rules and making the safety of athletes a priority during the action. In ONE's history, the men upholding those duties have had some spectacular saves.

The first sensational save in the video was by Mohamad Sulaiman. Mark Abelardo landed one of the best knockouts of 2021, but it was followed by one of the best referee saves of the year. The Filipino-Kiwi cracked Emilio Urrutia with an elbow, and before he could land a follow-up blow on the mat, Sulaiman dove in between the athletes to disallow any further damage.

Olivier Coste kept Ivan Kondratev from eating a finishing knee from Marat Grigorian. A brutal body shot doubled Kondratev over, and Coste moved in to signal the end. The timing was perfect. His intervention pushed Grigorian just off-center enough that his knee missed.

The fascinating highlights feature three more amazing saves by referee intervention.

See saves during bouts featuring Honorio Banario, Adrian Mattheis, and Leandro Ataides. You can enjoy the incredible ending strikes as well as the referee's moving in with perfect timing.

While the authority in the cage is often unheralded, this is a perfect time to revel in one of the most challenging jobs in all of martial arts. Performing at the highest level is not just for the athletes.

Enjoy five of the most incredible saves by the third man in the Circle, courtesy of ONE.

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ONE Championship has announced its return on Friday, August 13, with ONE: Battleground II. The event, which has been previously recorded, will feature five mixed martial arts bouts.

At the top of the bill will be Eduard "Landslide" Folyang welcoming Zhang Lipeng to the Circle.

The debut match for Zhang offers him a massive opportunity against a former ONE Lightweight World Champion. The pivotal matchup in the lightweight division will position the winner for a possible contender's bout later this year.

Another World Champion will see action in the co-main event.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva returns to the Circle against Miao Li Tao, who hopes to knock-off the #5-ranked strawweight contender and jump into the official ONE athlete rankings.

Also in action, heavyweight striker extraordinaire Alain "The Panther" Ngalani meets undefeated Thomas Narmo in a matchup that will surely provide fireworks to be remembered.

In flyweight action, Eko Roni Saputra looks to build on his four-bout winning streak against China's Liu Peng Shuai. The Indonesian grappler has looked sensational as of late and can continue to make his case for flyweight contendership with another stoppage victory.

Opening the card will be a lightweight match between India's Rahul Raju and Mongolia's Otgonbaatar Nergui.

The previously recorded event can be seen on Friday, August 13 on Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report YouTube, and the Bleacher Report app at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

ONE: Battleground II Card

Eduard Folayang vs. Zhang Lipeng

Alex Silva vs. Miao Li Tao

Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani

Eko Roni Saputra vs. Liu Peng Shuai

Otgonbaatar Nergui vs. Rahul Raju

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