TOKYO: It became a historical evening in Tokyo, Japan currently because the stars of ONE: A New Era put on a scintillating show for a packed Ryogoku Kokugikan, also known as Ryogoku Sumo Hall, an indoor sporting arena positioned within the Yokoami neighbourhood of Sumida, Tokyo.
Featuring an exciting major event, and three special co-predominant occasions, World Titles modified fingers and enthusiasts of martial arts witnessed an absolute spectacle.
Anticipation has been driving excessive, in particular amongst his Malaysian lovers, whilst it become introduced that Malaysia’s very own Mohammed ‘Jordan Boy’ Bin Mahmoud could be providing along the various excellent names underneath the ONE Championship solid of warriors, as he braced for a conflict towards 2-time Muay Thai World Champion, Panicos Yusuf of Cyprus in a ONE Super Series bantamweight Muay Thai bout in ONE Championship’s inaugural presence inside the Land of the Rising Sun.
Unfortunately, on a night whilst he seemed to have followed the script to a tee, at the least as a long way as Team Jordan Boy become involved, the ball-movement 22-yr-vintage Malaysian become not able to gain the finishing he so craved after a thrilling three-spherical contest.
The two bantamweights traded useful mixtures in the course of the bout, but it becomes the Cypriot athlete who landed the other telling blows. In the give up, all three judges scored the fight in favour of the United Kingdom-primarily based Yusuf to win with the aid of unanimous selection.
Despite the disappointing end for Mohammed, and his legions of fanatics, the rising Malaysian expertise has vowed to come back returned more potent as he returns to the drafting board in training for what lies past.
Meanwhile, inside the night’s different scintillating clashes…
Japanese blended martial arts legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki put on a masterful display of grappling dominance as he submitted Filipino icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang to be crowned the brand new ONE Lightweight World Champion.
After flashing a high kick, Aoki shot in for a single leg and positioned Folayang at the mat with a takedown earlier than unexpectedly transitioning into an arm-triangle choke from 1/2 defend. Aoki tightened his squeeze and positioned Folayang to sleep before celebrating the victory in the front of his happy place of origin crowd.
Defending ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China endured her dominant reign over the division, defeating challenger “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore with the aid of TKO inside the fifth and very last round.
Although the Singaporean become competitive and had Xiong in some of the dangerous submission attempts, the champion was lights Lee up on the toes the whole bout.
In the final spherical, Xiong punished Lee with hard kicks to the centre and fierce punch combos that pressured the referee to intervene and award Xiong with the stoppage win.
Meanwhile, in every other plenty awaited duel, Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang successfully retained his ONE Middleweight World Championship with a tremendous second-spherical TKO victory over Japan’s Ken Hasegawa.
The remarkable Aung La N Sang became dominant all through the bout, punishing Hasegawa with an arsenal of effective punches and thunderous kicks. A stiff right directly from Aung La N Sang overdue in the second spherical spelled the beginning of the end for Hasegawa, because the protecting champion followed up with ground-and-pound to attain the finish in dominant style.
An unfortunate collection of occasions turned within the ONE Bantamweight World Title conflict between champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and previous titleholder Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil.
Fernandes, inside the motive force’s seat after rounds of motion, landed a takedown inside the 0.33 spherical however turned into left unable to keep after Belingon related on a flurry of unlawful elbows to the returned of the top. The Filipino athlete became flashed a Red Card and changed into mechanically disqualified as Fernandes turned into in the end provided the ONE Bantamweight World Title.