Universal Reality Combat Championship welterweight titleholder
Folayang took a hard-fought decision over Heat champion
Kwon in the
One Fighting Championship “Champion vs. Champion” main event on
Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The colorful South Korean import made it clear he would be no
pushover, despite filling in last-minute for an injured Ole Laursen.
Kwon baited Folayang from the outside, grinning in an attempt to
force his opponent to overcommit. Thus, the even opening frame saw
Folyang delivering hard low and inside leg kicks, followed by quick
punching combinations. Initially, the Korean caught the kicks to
counter with winging punches, both wobbling Folayang and breaking
the nose of the Filipino champion.
Despite receiving a cut over the right eye from Kwon’s shots,
“Landslide” pulled ahead in the second and third frames, smashing
Kwon with sidekicks and blistering flurries into the cage. For his
constant pressure and aggression, Folayang was awarded the
unanimous decision, as well as a $5,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus,
courtesy of One FC promoter Victor Cui.
With a visibly crooked broken nose, Folayang commented post-fight
that he was confident he would have succeeded regardless.
“Well, I’m always blessed to win,” said Folayang. “I need to fight
even though I’m hurt. I know I could win every round.”
Yoshida grounded fellow UFC veteran Phil Baroni
for three rounds and edged him on the scorecards in their
Given his historically shaky chin, “Zenko” employed an intelligent
game plan of pressuring Baroni against the cage and on the ground,
mashing him with short punches from above and sapping the powerful
American of his strength. Though Baroni rallied to score punches to
the face and body of a backpedalling Yoshida in the second frame,
the Japanese fighter’s stifling grappling still controlled the
bout, as he took the unanimous decision victory.
A dejected Baroni refused to shake hands or embrace with Yoshida
after the final bell, but he was convinced to give a curt bow after
a negative reaction from the crowd.
Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight champion
Kelly handed Mitch
Chilson his first career loss, bringing his own record to 6-0
in their featherweight bout.
Explosive from the start, both men came out swinging, until Chilson
caught a kick and took the Filipino to the canvas. Kelly eventually
reversed to take top position but could not keep the American on
the mat. Back on the feet, Chilson and Kelly battled against the
fence, until the URCC champion locked in a surprise rear-naked
choke during a clinch exchange and put Chilson to sleep at the 3:10
mark of the first round. The unexpected submission not only
preserved Kelly's own perfect record but also netted him a $5000
submission of the night bonus.
“For me, I just come here to fight. If there’s a chance to win,
I’ve got that opportunity to win,” said Kelly. “I’d like to
represent my country, the Philippines, in the UFC.”
Gracie, a 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World
Championships bronze medalist, had his hands full against South
Korea’s Seok Mo Kim,
who endured submission attempt after submission attempt from the
Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue blood.
Between eating punches from mount, the tough Kim survived a topside
triangle in the first period and tight arm triangles in the second
and third. Although the Korean showed no small amount of heart and
durability, Gracie’s control and offensive dominance saw him take
away the unanimous decision by bout’s end.
“I wish it was over, but he was very slick. He defended very well;
he was slipping out of my moves,” said a gracious Gracie. “I guess
I have to work harder.”
Despite a significant reach advantage and two unintentional eye
pokes by Zorobabel
Moreira, gritty “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Andy Wang
toughed out a mauling at the Brazilian’s hands for just over a
round in their 159-pound catchweight bout.
Moreira used his lengthy jab and kicks at range, along with vicious
elbows in the clinch, to break down the tenacious Wang. The end
came when Moreira delivered a number of unanswered punches to the
head and knees to the body of a dazed, turtled Wang, prompting a
hesitant referee Shimada to step in for the stoppage at 1:59 of
Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng
expediently blasted China’s Yuan Chun Bo after a worrisome first
few seconds of their bout.
Scoring the takedown right off of the bell, Ng quickly found
himself fighting off a Bo guillotine and armbar attempt before
landing four crushing punches to his foe’s chin from inside the
guard. With Bo stiff as a board, referee Hume had no choice but to
call the bout at the 45-second mark.
Debuting flyweights Radeem
Rahman and Susovan
Ghosh put forth a brief, if brutal, bout that saw the
Singaporean maul Ghosh for a first-round technical knockout
What the Indian karateka may have lacked in size and cage
experience, he made up for with perseverance, doggedly chasing
takedowns as Rahman assailed him with brutal elbows, knees and
punches. After a sustained beating of 3:18, referee Hume stepped in
to pull off Rahman for the stop. In addition to his first victory,
Rahman also brings home an additional $5000 bonus for scoring the
evening's knockout of the night.
In a lightweight attraction, Vuyisile
Colossa notched a win for muay Thai over Sanda practitioner Ma
Xing Yu with a stiff jab. Colossa’s jab proved problematic for the
Mongolian from the opening moments, allowing the South African to
assault a dazed Yu against the cage with punches and knees.
A follow-up jab collapsed Yu at the 49-second mark of round one,
forcing referee Hume to dive for the save.
Former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsanan
Sityodtong had a successful MMA debut, dispatching South
Mashamaite with a brutal knee to the face at the opening of the
After acquitting himself on the ground in the early goings of the
first frame, Sityodtong stalked Mashamaite with big punches against
the cage for the remaining time. A botched Mashamaite takedown to
start the second round resulted in a crushing knee to the face,
prompting referee Shimada to call the bout at the 14-second
Starting off the show’s bouts, decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Issa went toe-to-toe with Soo Chul
Kim in a high-paced bantamweight contest, giving the Korean his
first career loss.
Issa impressed with hard low and body kicks, coupled with stiff
jabs and lead hooks. Though suffering an early low blow and later a
swollen right eye, Kim returned fire with lightning-fast punches of
his own, but Issa’s impressive grappling control, ground-and-pound
and submission attempts in the latter rounds tipped the scales in
his favor for the unanimous decision win.
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