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MMA: Askren wins, but featherweights steal the show in Singapore

American welterweight Ben Askren won his One FC debut by submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan at the end of the first round of Honor & Glory’s main event.

American welterweight Ben Askren (also pictured in featured image) won his One FC debut by submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan at the end of the first round of Honor & Glory’s main event.

May 30, 2014: Ben Askren emerged victorious in his One FC debut in Singapore on Saturday night, but the American welterweight failed to win over many fans in the Indoor Stadium after a less-than-humble victory speech.

 

Askren, 29, eventually submitted Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan at the end of the first round to extend his professional MMA record to 13 wins and build on his reputation as one of the world’s top welterweights. Askren had to recover from a dramatic takedown by Abbasov at the start, but never let go of the Azerbaijani after that as his famed wrestling skills eventually resulted in an arm-triangle submission after four minutes of grappling.

 

However, in his victory speech, Askren was dismissive of his opponent, with a less-than-humble attitude a stark contrast to the night’s previous winners.

 

“You don’t go into the spider’s web, you’re just going to get beat down. What was he thinking taking me down,” Askren said of Abbasov, before calling out current One FC welterweight world champion Nobutatsu Suzuki. “Funky Ben had a great time in Asia. Suzuki is going to bring me my belt. He can put it in the middle of the cage and give it to me or I can take it the hard way.”

 

Dutchman Vincent Latoel (right) ended the unbeaten run of Singapore-based Eddie Ng after the referee stopped the fight in the first round to the disappointment of some home fans.

Dutchman Vincent Latoel (right) ended the unbeaten run of Singapore-based Eddie Ng after the referee stopped the fight in the first round to the disappointment of some home fans.

Some fans were also booing the conclusion of the previous fight, when Vincent Latoel of the Netherlands defeated crowd favourite Eddie Ng in the co-main event after three minutes of the first round.

 

Latoel had cleverly resisted many of Ng’s attacks before catching him moving forward with a right punch that dropped the Hong Kong-born fighter. After some follow-up strikes, the referee jumped in to stop to the bout, although many in the crowd thought the fight was stopped prematurely, with Ng seemingly willing and able to fight on.

 

However, the popular Ng was magnanimous in defeat and asked the crowd to respect to respect the referee’s decision. “Their job is to protect the fighters,” said Ng, who is based in Singapore and won his first four MMA fights.

 

In arguably the fight of the night, Jadambaa Naratungalag was victorious on his One FC debut as the 38-year-old Mongolian won a unanimous decision over Honorio ‘The Rock’ Banario of the Philippines following a three-round striking exhibition that had the crowd cheering their every move.

 

Mongolia’s Jadambaa Naratungalag edged Filipino Honorio Banario (standing) after arguably the fight of the night.

Mongolia’s Jadambaa Naratungalag edged Filipino Honorio Banario (standing) after arguably the fight of the night.

Banario briefly took down Jadambaa and also landed an impressive wushu side kick to close out the first round. After a brief takedown exchange, the pair were happy to spend the rest of the second round trading strikes in a high-octane five minutes. The tactical battle continued into the third round as each fighter had their moments and Jadambaa closed the round with a successful takedown attempt after 15 minutes of intense action.

 

Caros Fodor proved once again why he is considered one of One FC’s best lightweights by finishing Willy Ni of the Netherlands. Ni dived on a guillotine choke attempt almost immediately from the opening bell, but Fodor survived the early scare and began to rain down shots from inside Ni’s guard. The American moved to side control and finished the bout with a kimura that forced Ni to tap out.

 

Major Overall caused one of the upsets of the night, stunning Bruno Pucci with a cracking punch and a follow-up kick to the Brazilian’s head (pictured).

Major Overall caused one of the upsets of the night, stunning Bruno Pucci with a cracking punch and a follow-up kick to the Brazilian’s head (pictured).

American Major Overall earlier surprised the crowd by knocking out the previously undefeated Bruno Pucci, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Pucci’s grappling prowess was on display early as he had Overall in danger with both a body triangle and a mounted position, but the American managed to escape. Overall then landed a left hook that dropped Pucci and followed it up with a kick to the head that finished the fight.

 

There was disappointment when the heavyweight clash between the six-foot nine-inch Chi Lewis Parry of England and Hong Kong-based Alain Ngalani was cut short. The initial exchanges promised a clash of epic proportions, but a knee from Parry in the clinch inadvertently struck Ngalani in the groin and the Cameroon-born fighter was unable to recover within the stipulated time limit, meaning the bout was declared a no-contest.

 

Radeem Rahman delighted the Singapore crowd with a second-round victory over Malaysia’s Raymond Tan.

Radeem Rahman delighted the Singapore crowd with a second-round victory over Malaysia’s Raymond Tan.

Radeem Rahman kicked off the main card by beating Malaysia’s Raymond Tan to become the only Singaporean to notch two wins in the One FC cage. Tan won the early striking exchanges, knocking Rahman down twice in the first round. The Singaporean fought back, taking Tan down early in the second round and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes from mount, as referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout to cheers from the Singapore crowd.

 

Nik Harris avenged an earlier loss in his career by defeating Brad Robinson via split decision. After a brief exchange in the clinch, Harris began to find his striking range in the first round. Robinson had more success in the second round with a series of well-timed strikes, including an elbow that appeared to rock Harris. Harris was effective in stopping Robinson’s takedowns in the third rounds, landing more strikes in the process. The bout was tightly contested throughout, but it was Harris who won the contest on two of the three judges’ scorecards, awarding him a split-decision victory.

 

Casey Suire kicked off Honor & Glory with an impressive display of both striking and grappling. The American knocked Langdown down with a crisp left hook. He then pounced on top of Langdown, and patiently advanced his position. He eventually succeeded in securing the Singaporean’s back and finished the fight with a rear naked choke less than four minutes into the first round.

 

One FC: Honor & Glory, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Welterweight bout: Ben Askren defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:21 minutes of Round 1

Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Eddie Ng by Knockout at 3:16 minutes of Round 1

Featherweight bout: Jadambaa Naratungalag defeats Honorio Banario by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 3

Lightweight bout: Caros Fodor defeats Willy Ni by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29 minutes of Round 1

Featherweight bout: Major Overall defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout at 2:52 minutes of Round 1

Heavyweight bout: Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest

Bantamweight bout: Radeem Rahman defeats Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14 minutes of Round 2

Catchweight bout: Nik Harris defeats Brad Robinson by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 3

Bantamweight bout: Casey Suire defeats Stephen Langdown by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41 minutes of Round 1

 

A full replay of fights is available for US $9.99 at www.onefc.livesport.tv

 

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com)

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