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MMA: Malaysian heroes delight One FC fans in Kuala Lumpur

Russia’s Marat Gafurov defeated Rob Lisita of Australia in the headline event at One FC: Roar of Tigers at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur. Photos: One FC.

Russia’s Marat Gafurov defeated Rob Lisita of Australia in the headline event at One FC: Roar of Tigers at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur. Photos: One FC.

October 17, 2014: Marat ‘Cobra’ Gafurov defeated ‘Ruthless’ Rob Lisita with an impressive first-round submission in the One FC: Roar of Tigers headline bout on Friday night, after three of Malaysia’s most popular fighters all won to delight a capacity crowd at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Gafurov, a Russian kickboxing champion, annihilated a less-than-ruthless Lisita to remain unbeaten at 10 wins and no losses. Gafurov landed a kick to the head, staggering Lisita as he tumbled to the ground. ‘Cobra’ then immediately swarmed the Australian and locked in a rear naked choke that forced a tap-out.

 

In the previous bout, Malaysian favourite Peter Davis defeated Vaughn Donayre of the Philippines by ground and pound in the first round of an intense battle of talented lightweights. Davis and Donayre wasted no time with a torrid exchange of strikes at the centre of the cage. When the fight hit the ground, Davis caught Donayre in a Guillotine choke that almost ended things early. Donayre escaped, but wound up underneath Davis who rained down a slew of strikes from full mount, causing a halt to the contest.

 

Peter Davis (left) was the third straight Malaysian winner as he beat Filipino Vaughn Donayre.

Peter Davis (left) was the third straight Malaysian winner as he beat Filipino Vaughn Donayre.

Malaysia’s Ev Ting added a head-kick knockout to his stellar record with a triumph over Filipino Edward Kelly, winning in the second round of their featherweight matchup. After an uneventful first round that was spent primarily with both fighters pressed up against the cage, Ting abandoned his grappling strategy to turn to striking and launched a quick head kick that hit the mark, dropping Kelly in a single shot. Ting confidently walked away as the referee jumped in to intervene.

 

Ann Osman continued her winning ways as she defeated Aya Saeid Saber of Egypt in the first round, sending the packed Malaysian crowd into frenzied cheers. The Malaysian shot and scored on a takedown after sizing up her opponent. On the ground, Osman transitioned from side control into full mount, pouring down a barrage of punches and elbows from top position. With her unstoppable ground and pound, Osman was awarded the victory via referee stoppage.

 

Ann Osman earned a second straight win in One FC by beating Egyptian Aya Saeid Saber, kicking off three straight wins by Malaysia’s top fighters.

Ann Osman earned a second straight win in One FC by beating Egyptian Aya Saeid Saber, kicking off three straight wins by Malaysia’s top fighters.

Bashir Ahmad, renowned as the father of Pakistani MMA, came out of the gates looking to strike as he took the fight straight to Tanaphong Khunhankaew of Thailand. When the fight hit the ground, Bashir overpowered Tanaphong after surviving a failed submission attempt by the cagey Thai. Bashir then worked to take Tanaphong’s back after which he sunk in a deep rear naked choke, forcing the Thai to tap out in round one.

 

Former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke’s near-flawless technique was on full display as he needed less than two rounds to dispose of Malaysian hero Saiful Merican. When the fight began, the two Muay Thai specialists surprisingly spent most of their time on the mat as Merican opted to take the fight to the ground, scoring on multiple takedown attempts in the first round. In the second round, Dejdamrong put the pressure on with his striking, winding up in full mount after a furious scramble. Moments later, the Thai transitioned into an armbar and Merican had no choice but to tap out.

 

Singapore’s Stephen Langdown scored an impressive TKO victory over Malaysia’s own Raymond Tan, battering the local fighter with a series of well placed strikes capped off with a vicious kick to the head in round one. The referee jumped in to stop the fight, much to the dismay of the local fans.

 

Anatpong Bunrad of Thailand made quick work of Marc Marcellinus in round one, dropping the Malaysian with a front kick straight to the abdomen. Bunrad followed up with a swift kick to the head as the referee immediately stepped in to call a halt to the action, awarding Bunrad with the knockout.

 

Egyptian boxer Hisham Hiba opened the show with a victory over Mohammad ‘Barbod’ Sotounzadeh, winning by referee stoppage in the second round. The two fighters kicked off Roar of Tigers with an even display of striking and grappling, with both Hiba and Barbod having their moments. As soon as the second stanza began, Hiba picked up the pace with his boxing and was able to trip Barbod onto the canvas. Hiba unleashed a barrage of strikes on the defenceless Iranian, causing the referee to stop the contest.

 

One FC: Roar of Tigers, Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Featherweight bout: Marat Gafurov (RUS) defeats Rob Lisita (AUS) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:08 minutes of Round 1

Lightweight bout: Peter Davis (MAL) defeats Vaughn Donayre (PHI) by TKO (Strikes) at 4:50 minutes of Round 1

Featherweight bout: Ev Ting (MAL) defeats Edward Kelly (PHI) by Knockout at 4:28 minutes of Round 2

Women’s Flyweight bout: Ann Osman (MAL) defeats Aya Saeid Saber (EGY) by TKO (Strikes) at 3:15 minutes of Round 1

Featherweight bout: Bashir Ahmad (PA) defeats Tanaphong Khunhankaew (THA) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:38 minutes of Round 1

Flyweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (THA) defeats Saiful Merican (MAL) by Submission (Armbar) at 2:12 minutes of Round 2

Bantamweight bout: Stephen Langdown (SIN) defeats Raymond Tan (MAL) by Knockout (Strikes) at 2:28 minutes of Round 1

Bantamweight bout: Anatpong Bunrad (THA) defeats Marc Marcellinus (MAL) by Knockout at 0:26 minutes of Round 1

Welterweight bout: Hisham Hiba (EGY) defeats Barbod (IRN) by TKO (Strikes) at 1:01 minutes of Round 2

 

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

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