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MMA: Fernandes retains belt; One FC debutants make mark in Manila

Timofey Nastyukhin delivered arguably the performance and knockout of the night, ending the resistance of Filipino hero Eduardo Folayang with a flying left knee. Photos: One FC.

Timofey Nastyukhin delivered arguably the performance and knockout of the night, the Russian lightweight almost knocking out Filipino hero Eduardo Folayang with a flying left knee in the first round. Photos: One FC.

December 5, 2014: Brazilian star Bibiano Fernandes retained his One FC bantamweight belt with a second-round submission of Korean star Kim Dae-hwan in the Warrior’s Way headliner in Manila, while Brandon Vera, Timofey Nastyukhin and Roger Gracie all enjoyed knockout wins on their One FC debut.

 

Fernandes, 34, extended his winning streak to nine in his fourth fight for One FC, while he also ended Kim’s unbeaten record (10-0-1) when he jumped on the 27-year-old Korean’s back and eventually executed a rear-naked choke after 1:17 of the second round.

 

Vera enjoyed arguably the night’s biggest cheers when the Filipino-American heavyweight crowned his ‘Coming Home’ party with a first-round TKO (3:54) of Igor Subora in the penultimate fight at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

Vera, 37, was competing in the Philippines for the first time in his career and ‘The Truth’ was a big hit with the fans, ending Subora’s resistance with a straight left that floored the Philippines-based Ukrainian before finishing the bout with soccer kicks to the head.

 

Vera joined One FC this year after fighting in the UFC since 2005, while Subora’s MMA record consists of five wins and one loss in the Philippines-based URCC.

 

Nastyukhin celebrates after his One FC debut marked his eighth straight first-round win.

Nastyukhin celebrates after his One FC debut marked his eighth straight first-round win.

Vera was the third straight fighter to win on his One FC debut and followed a devastating performance by Russian lightweight Timofey Nastyukhin, who recorded arguably the knockout of the night, with a flying left knee to floor Filipino hero Eduardo Folayang after 3:11 of the first round.

 

Since losing his first pro MMA fight, Nastyukhin has won his last eight fights within the first round and he looks every inch a potential title challenger after a devastating all-round performance against a proven opponent.

 

The 34-year-old Gracie – the 10-time BJJ world champion from the legendary Brazilian fighting family – also won on his One FC debut, although in less decisive circumstances after a fight that surprisingly featured no ground action.

 

Roger Gracie (left), the 10-time BJJ world champion, won his One FC debut after an intriguing battle with Phuket-based James McSweeney.

Roger Gracie, a 10-time BJJ champion, won his One FC debut after an intriguing bout with Phuket-based James McSweeney.

Expected to take the fight to the floor at any opportunity, the tall Gracie instead patiently used an impressive left jab to work openings as McSweeney used his Muay Thai background to good effect while also resisting the Brazilian’s selected attempts to take him down.

 

Midway through the third round of a tight fight, McSweeney – his vision suffering from a bloodied right eye – started hobbling after his own kick. However, the Phuket-based fighter couldn’t run away from trouble and Gracie soon floored the maimed McSweeney with a left hook before the referee stopped further damage as the big Brazilian pounded the prone Englishman.

 

Kevin Belingon, 27, delighted home fans when the fleet-footed Filipino bantamweight dominated Koetsu Okazaki for three rounds, battering the Japanese with rapid-fire kicks and finishing the fight with impressive work on the floor before winning a unanimous decision.

 

Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon delivers a spinning kick during the Filipino’s impressive UD win over Koetsu Okazaki.

Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon delivers a spinning kick during the Filipino’s impressive UD win over Koetsu Okazaki.

Belingon avenged the defeat suffered by compatriot Honorio Banario in the previous fight. Herbert Burns, based at Singapore’s Evolve MMA, drew a submission after four minutes of the first round as the 26-year-old Brazilian extended his winning record to five fights, four with One FC.

 

In the first televised fight, Jake Butler won a unanimous decision against Sylvain Potard as the Singapore-based American made up for his knockout defeat to the Frenchman last October.

 

In earlier fights, Jujeath Nagaowa gave the Philippines a winning start when the ‘Bad Girl’ earned a second-round TKO over Cambodia’s Tharoth Sam.

 

Ana Julaton, 34, won a unanimous decision against Egypt’s Walaa Abbas as the former boxing champion got her MMA career back on the winning track. After Julaton won her MMA debut in Manila in May, the Filipino-American lost a split decision to Malaysia’s Ann Osman in Dubai in August.

 

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, an Evolve MMA instructor, recorded his fourth One FC win in six months when the 36-year-old Thai finished Rene Catalan after 2½ minutes with a knockout knee to the ribs.

 

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