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MMA: Fernandes retains One FC bantamweight world title in Manila

Brazil’s Bibiano Fernandes earned a unanimous decision against Masakatsu Ueda to retain his bantamweight world title at One FC: Rise of Heroes in Manila. Photos: One FC.

Brazil’s Bibiano Fernandes (left) earned a unanimous decision against Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda to retain his bantamweight world title at One FC: Rise of Heroes in Manila. Photos: One FC.

May 3, 2014: Bibiano Fernandes earned a unanimous decision win over Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda to retain his One FC Bantamweight World Championship title at Rise of Heroes in Manila, where all five Philippine fighters won in the nine-bout card.

 

Fernandes, 34, managed to take Ueda down in the first round, but Ueda reversed the position and landed a knee before time expired. The Brazilian established his dominance in the second round, landing more strikes and succeeding with a takedown attempt. Fernandes also found success in the third round, ending the round with a rear naked choke attempt, and his grappling prowess shone through in the fourth and fifth rounds, as all three judges scored the bout in his favour.

 

Lightweight Eduard Folayang beat Kotetsu Boku – the 36-year-old Japan-born Korean – in the co-main event, with the Filipino’s improved wrestling skills swinging the bout in his favour. Folayang, 29, took Boku down with an emphatic slam in the first round and came close to finishing the bout with an armbar attempt before time ran out.

 

Filipino flyweight Eduard Folayang lifts Kotetsu Boku in the co-main event.

Filipino flyweight Eduard Folayang lifts Kotetsu Boku in the co-main event.

Folayang’s improved grappling was on full display in the second round, as he took Boku down on several attempts as well as grazed Boku with a spinning wheel kick. After a wild third and final round where both fighters attacked valiantly in search of the knockout finish, Folayang emerged with his hands raised with a unanimous decision victory.

 

Flyweight Rey Docyogen, 31, also chalked up a win for the home crowd with a unanimous decision against Joshua Alvarez. Alvarez began the bout by threatening with a rear naked choke, but Docyogen survived and went on to dominate the rest of the round with superior grappling. Docyogen thwarted all of Alvarez’s takedown attempts in the second round while winning the striking exchanges and the Filipino again found his striking range in the third round, landing countless strikes at will.

 

Rob ‘Ruthless’ Lisita extended his MMA winning streak to four his One FC debut as the Australian demolished Yusuke Kawanago after 28 seconds to avenge his defeat to the Japanese two years ago. The 31-year-old stalked Kawanago from the opening bell and caught him with a precise left hook before jumping on the opportunity to finish the fight with a series of punches.

 

In the heavyweight clash, England’s James McSweeney beat Chris Lokteff in the third round after throwing a perfect knee that landed flush on the chin of the Australian, knocking him out. Brazilian middleweight Leandro Ataides extended his undefeated pro record to eight wins with a knockout victory over Tatsuya Mizuno after 47 seconds, with a series of left hooks causing the Japanese to collapse.

 

Boxing champion Ana Julaton received the loudest ovation of the evening and proceeded to prove why she’s one of the most popular sportswomen in the Philippines with a defeat of Egypt’s Aya Saeid Saber.

 

Boxing champion Ana Julaton earned some of the biggest cheers of the night as she made her MMA debut with a third-round TKO win over Aya Saeid Saber.

Boxing champion Ana Julaton earned some of the biggest cheers of the night as she made her MMA debut with a third-round TKO win over Aya Saeid Saber.

Julaton demonstrated her newly acquired grappling skills in the first round, executing a successful takedown manoeuvre. The crowd favourite faced some adversity in the second round when Saber attempted a guillotine choke, but she managed to defend the submission and retaliated with several slams and punches from top position.

 

With the crowd cheering her every move, Julaton reversed Saber’s takedown attempt to gain a mounted position in the third round. She began to let loose with a series of punches that ended the bout with less than a minute remaining.

 

Julaton’s compatriot Jujeath Nagaowa – the former WBO Atomweight Champion – also won her fight, beating Jeet Toshi in the second round of the night’s opening contest after unleashing a barrage of punches that forced referee Oliver Coste to step in.

 

One FC: Rise of Heroes, Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines

ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship bout – Bibiano Fernandes defeats Masakatsu Ueda by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 5

Lightweight bout – Eduard Folayang defeats Kotetsu Boku by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 3

Flyweight bout – Rey Docyogen defeats Joshua Alvarez by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 3

Featherweight bout – Rob Lisita defeats Yusuke Kawanago by TKO (Strikes) at 0:28 minutes of round 1

Heavyweight bout – James McSweeney defeats Chris Lokteff by KO (Knee) at 3:04 minutes of Round 1

Middleweight bout – Leandro Ataides defeats Tatsuya Mizuno by TKO (Strikes) at 0:47 minutes of Round 1

Flyweight bout: Ana Julaton defeats Aya Saeid Saber by TKO (Strikes) at 4:01 minutes of Round 3

Flyweight bout – Eugene Toquero defeats Gianni Subba by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of Round 3

Atomweight bout – Jujeath Nagaowa defeats Jeet Toshi by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07 minutes of Round 2

 

Source: One FC

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