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MMA: Kazakh pride as Svirid takes just 17 seconds to win One FC belt

Igor Svirid wears the One FC middleweight belt after just 17 seconds fighting for the Asia-based promotion. Photos: One FC.

Igor Svirid wears the One FC middleweight belt after just 17 seconds fighting for the promotion. Photos: One FC.

November 7, 2014: Kazakhstan’s Igor Svirid needed just 17 seconds to stop crowd favourite Leandro Ataides at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and win the inaugural One FC middleweight championship.

 

Ataides – who is based in Singapore and trains at Evolve MMA – was the crowd favourite for the 10-bout Battle of Lions headliner, but soon after the bell rang the Brazilian’s knees buckled following a sharp left jab to the chin by Svirid.

 

As Ataides staggered back to his feet, the 28-year-old Kazakh pounced on his prey and fired off four more punches that put the Brazilian flat on the floor, face down, where a couple more shots to the head forced the referee to stop the fight.

 

Having fought for only 17 seconds on his One FC debut, Svirid was lifting the middleweight belt in front of a shocked but sporting audience as he celebrated his 10th straight MMA win since losing his first pro fight.

 

“When I saw him going down, I already knew it was my belt. I was very confident when I saw him go down. This is a punch I usually do,” Svirid said of his left jab that was the beginning of the end for Ataides.

 

Svirid pounded Leandro Ataides after knocking the Singapore-based Brazilian to the floor.

Svirid pounded Leandro Ataides after knocking the Singapore-based Brazilian to the floor.

“I just came here to get the belt, so him being the crowd favourite didn’t affect me at all. It was good for me because I trained very hard for this. I wanted to win this for Kazakhstan and when I get home, there will be many people waiting for me at the airport.”

 

On a night when only three of the 10 bouts went beyond the first round, Svirid surprised everyone with the speed of his victory, but maintained that he always wanted to take on Ataides in a striking match.

 

“There was no luck about this whatsoever. I just wanted to keep it standing. I didn’t want to try to wrestle with him because I know that he’s better than me in that. I understood that,” said Svirid, who was asked if he would consider a rematch. “I’m ready, always ready.”

 

Japanese fighters Tatsuya Mizuno and Koji Ando were victorious in the night’s only three-round fights. In the ninth and penultimate bout, Ando was a popular winner after the southpaw eventually stopped the taller Zorobabel Moreira by TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of the final round, showing impressive conditioning and patience as he outlasted the Brazilian – fighting for the first time in two years – in a stand-up contest.

 

Koji Ando celebrates after a hard-earned win over Brazilian Zorobabel Moreira.

Japanese lightweight Koji Ando celebrates after a hard-earned win over Brazilian Zorobabel Moreira.

In the night’s seventh bout, the 1.87-metre Mizuno beat middleweight Brayan Rafiq – four inches shorter than the Japanese – by unanimous decision.

 

In-between the Japanese victories, One FC debutant Luis Santos generated much excitement by following his impressive 53-second stoppage of Bakhtiyar Abbasov by discussing the possibility of challenging Ben Askren for the welterweight title.

 

Santos entered the fight with a 60-9-1 record since 2000 and a seven-fight winning streak. The 34-year-old soon put Abbasov – Askren’s first victim in One FC – on his back with a devastating range of strikes before landing a thunderous kick that caused the Azerbaijani to tap out.

 

In the first three televised fights, Martin Nguyen of Australia beat Rocky Batolbatol of the Philippines with a rear naked choke in the second round, American favourite Major Overall beat Filipino Cary Bullos in 29 seconds, and Belgian Christophe Vandijck beat Dwayne Hinds of Trinidad and Tobago in under three minutes.

 

In the preliminaries, Singaporean fighters Amir Khan and Kirstie Gannaway both recorded victories, either side of Jeff Huang’s impressive win over 39-year-old Zuli Silawanto of Indonesia, who announced his retirement after the fight. (For report on Khan and Gannaway, visit: sport-asia.com/mma-cowboy-khans-classic-ko-he-thought-i-kicked-him-in-the-balls/)

 

One FC: Battle of Lions, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

 

One FC Middleweight World Championship bout: Igor Svirid defeats Leandro Ataides by Knockout at 0:17 minutes of round 1

Lightweight bout: Koji Ando defeats Zorobabel Moreira by TKO (Strikes) at 4:21 minutes of round 3

Welterweight bout: Luis Santos defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Strikes) at 0:53 minutes of round 1

Middleweight bout: Tatsuya Mizuno defeats Brayan Rafiq by Unanimous Decision

Welterweight bout: Christophe Vandijck defeats Dwayne Hinds by TKO (Strikes) at 2:40 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Major Overall defeats Cary Bullos by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:29 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Rocky Batolbatol by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:10 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout: Amir Khan defeats Waqar Umar by Knockout at 1:25 minutes of round 1

Welterweight bout: Jeff Huang defeats Zuli Silawanto by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10 minutes of round 1

Women’s Atomweight bout: Kirstie Gannaway defeats Adek Omar by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:34 minutes of round 1

 

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

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