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MMA: Ji Xian buoys Beijing crowd at One FC: Dynasty of Champions

Ji Xian (right) won a unanimous decision after a bruising headline bout against 20-year-old Song Yadong in the headline bout at One FC: Dynasty of Champions in Beijing. Photos: One FC.

Ji Xian (right) won a unanimous decision after a bruising headline bout against 20-year-old Song Yadong in the headline bout at One FC: Dynasty of Champions in Beijing. Photos: One FC.

December 20, 2014: Ji Xian dealt bantamweight Song Yadong the first loss of his young career in a rousing Dynasty of Champions headline bout in Beijing, as One FC made its debut in mainland China in partnership with IMC Live.

 

Ji, 27, scored a unanimous decision victory over Song – who turned 20 on December 2 – in a memorable striking contest. Ji caught Song with a big punch in the first round, but the younger fighter quickly regained his bearings. The pair viciously exchanged strikes, with the more experienced Ji landing the cleaner blows.

 

In the second round, both combatants continued to pour on the power punches with Song being the busier fighter. In the third, the more experienced Ji began to pull away, dominating Song in the final five minutes.

 

Song (right) delivers a clean punch as he takes on Ji Xian in the headline bout.

Song (right) delivers a clean punch as he takes on Ji Xian in the headline bout.

In the co-headline bout, Adrian Pang routed lightweight contender Vincent Latoel, winning by submission in round three. Pang, with the edge in power, slugged Latoel with heavy hands whenever he got in close as Latoel opted to fight from a distance. On the ground, Pang scored on a few short elbows from Latoel’s guard.

 

In the second round, Latoel was more effective at fighting from the outside while Pang looked for the takedown. Pang then dropped Latoel with a monstrous right hook, but Latoel recovered well. In the third, Pang countered a takedown by pulling a Guillotine Choke, forcing Latoel to tap out.

 

In the Beijing Featherweight Tournament Final, two explosive striking specialists in Li Kaiwen and Wang Yawei went to battle to the delight of a packed crowd. Both fighters traded explosive strikes at the centre of the cage in the first round, swapping blows in back-and-forth action.

 

Li, however, showcased his superior striking acumen, getting the better of the exchanges with his quickness and power. In the second round, Li continued to control the bout with his accurate strikes, earning the victory by unanimous decision and the Beijing Featherweight Tournament Championship trophy.

 

Australia’s Adrian Pang (on top) beat Dutchman Vincent Latoel in a lightweight bout.

Australia’s Adrian Pang (on top) beat Dutchman Vincent Latoel in a lightweight bout.

In the Beijing Flyweight Tournament Final, Li Weibin and Wang Wei put on a war of attrition. Li opened up the fight with a well-timed right hand that knocked Wang back, followed by a quick flurry of strikes. Wang was able to counter with a right hook that dropped Li. In the second round, Li established his dominance in the striking department, gutting out a unanimous decision.

 

Michal Pasternak overcame a left knee injury to defeat Rafael Silva by decision. The tall, lanky Pasternak used his brute strength to control the action on the ground, battering Silva with a barrage of punches and elbows from mount. In the second round, Silva tried to score with a takedown but wound up in the same position on his back with the larger Pasternak on top. Silva had a couple of solid submission attempts but Pasternak stuck to his game plan. In the third round, Pasternak willed his way to the end of the fight, grinding out the unanimous decision.

 

Ariel Sexton announced his return to the lightweight mix with an impressive submission victory over Anvar Alizhanov. Alizhanov dropped Sexton with a right hand in the opening moments, but on the ground, Sexton quickly showed his grappling brilliance, locking in a body triangle and dazzling with an array of submission attempts. The end sequence came when Sexton transitioned beautifully into a reverse triangle from mount and forced Alizhanov to tap out from an armlock.

 

In the second Beijing Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final bout, Wang Yawei showcased a relentless fighting style, defeating opponent Li Gen by Technical Knockout. Wang went straight to work on Li, with a clear advantage in strength from the sound of the first bell. In half guard, Wang unleashed a barrage of strikes on Li that featured downward fists and elbows, causing referee Yuji Shimada to call a halt to the bout.

 

Li Kaiwen impressed with a first round knockout victory over He Nannan in the first Beijing Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final bout. He came out with a furious attack on Li, driving his opponent back up against the cage, but after another tenacious exchange, Li connected with a left hook that dropped He. A few more downward strikes by Li coerced referee Olivier Coste to stop the contest.

 

In the second Beijing Flyweight Semi-Final bout, Wang Wei completely dominated Liu Xu with his grinding style, winning by unanimous decision. Wang drove successfully into a takedown from the get-go and kept Liu glued to the mat for the majority of the first round. From top position, Wang worked on Liu with sharp elbows and punishing forearms. The second round saw much of the same, with Wang completely controlling the fight on the ground to claim the victory.

 

Li Weibin and Hao Yijie kicked off the evening’s action. In an exciting battle in the first Beijing Flyweight Tournament Semi-Final bout, Hao started off with a quick Guillotine Choke attempt but Li was able to reverse his fortune, gaining mount. From the top, Li worked into ground and pound, transitioning into an armbar that forced Hao to tap out in the first round.

 

One FC: Dynasty of Champions, Gymnasium of National Olympic Sports Centre, Beijing, China

 

Bantamweight bout: Ji Xian defeats Song Ya Dong by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout: Adrian Pang defeats Vincent Latoel by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:15 minutes of round 3

Beijing Featherweight Tournament Final bout: Li Kai Wen defeats Wang Ya Wei by Unanimous Decision

Beijing Flyweight Tournament Final bout: Li Wei Bin defeats Wang Wei by Unanimous Decision

Catchweight (86.2kg) bout: Michal Pasternak defeats Rafael Silva by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout: Ariel Sexton defeats Anvar Alizhanov by Submission (Reverse Triangle Armlock) at 3:18 minutes of round 1

Beijing Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final bout: Wang Ya Wei defeats Li Gen by TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 minutes of round 1

Beijing Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final bout: Li Kai Wen defeats He Nan Nan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:19 minutes of round 1

Beijing Flyweight Tournament Semi-Final bout: Wang Wei defeats Liu Xu by Unanimous Decision

Beijing Flyweight Tournament Semi-Final bout: Li Wei Bin defeats Hao Yi Jie by Submission (Armbar) at 2:51 minutes of round 1

 

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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