MMA: Moraes retains ONE belt; Malaysians delight home crowd
- Updated: March 14, 2015
March 14, 2015: Adriano Moraes defeated a tenacious Riku Shibuya by unanimous decision to retain the ONE flyweight world championship belt at ‘Age of Champions’ in Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Putra.
In ONE Championship’s first major event of the year, Peter Davis and Ann Osman delighted home fans with victories in the co-main events, which were broadcast live across Malaysia on Friday night.
In the main event, Moraes and Shibuya entertained the crowd with a showcase of striking and grappling exchanges. In the first round, Shibuya came out looking to take the fight to Moraes as the Brazilian worked to get Shibuya to the ground. On the mat, Moraes controlled the action by advancing position multiple times to Shibuya’s back, although the Japanese exhibited exceptional defence.
In the second, Shibuya did a better job of keeping the fight on the feet as he continued to stalk Moraes across the cage. Rounds three to five saw much of the same action with Shibuya continuing to press as Moraes dominated the ground game. In the end, Moraes’ various takedowns and submission attempts earned him a hard-fought decision.
In the night’s penultimate bout, Davis went to work against Rajinder Singh Meena, notching a vicious stoppage win in just under three minutes of the first round. Davis attacked the Indian from the beginning of the fight, dragging his opponent to the ground and gaining full mount. Davis then punished Meena with a non-stop attack from top position, forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest.
Osman made quick work of Walaa Abbas, submitting her Egyptian opponent just minutes into their women’s flyweight bout. Abbas came out striking furiously and landed some good shots against Osman, but once the Malaysian pressed Abbas against the cage she quickly worked on a takedown, securing a rear naked choke in the process. With Osman digging the hooks in deep, Abbas tapped out.
Malaysian fighters also impressed in earlier bouts, with Ev Ting beating Cary Bullos of the Philippines after an intense striking battle. In the first round, Bullos tagged Ting with various sharp counters as the Malaysian looked to initiate the exchanges. In the second round, Ting turned up the pressure, catching Bullos against the cage with underhooks. After impressively sweeping Bullos to the ground, Ting latched on a guillotine choke that forced Bullos to tap out.
Gianni Subba got the packed Stadium Putra audience to their feet with a show-stopping knockout victory over Thanh Vu seconds into the first round of their flyweight bout. Subba caught Vu with a stiff left hook and followed it up with a powerful kick that landed clean, prompting the referee to step in and stop the bout just 20 seconds into the contest.
Singapore’s Kirstie Gannaway dug deep against Team Lakay’s April Osenio to gut out a submission victory in two rounds. In the first round, Gannaway made her grappling advantage clear with a few near submissions, but Osenio defended well.
Osenio then landed a couple of good kicks as the two got back to their feet. In the second round, Osenio tried her best to keep the fight standing with a few solid strikes, but once the fight hit the mat again, Gannaway was able to secure the rear naked choke.
Chan Rothana overcame two spinning back kick attempts from Filipino Ramon Gonzales to take a TKO victory late in the first round. After starting off on the feet, the two fighters found themselves on the mat when Gonzales missed wildly with a kick. Rothana was then able to sneak into full mount, raining down a series of punches to end the contest.
Agilan Thani kicked off the night with a spectacular first-round TKO against Indonesia’s Reant Fabriza Rainir. After a quick scramble, Thani found himself in mount and took advantage of the situation. Thani made quick work of Reant, finishing his opponent by ground and pound just slightly over a minute into the fight.
ONE: Age of Champions, Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ONE Flyweight World Championship: Adriano Moraes defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision
Lightweight: Peter Davis defeats Rajinder Singh Meena by TKO (strikes) at 2:41 minutes of round 1
Women’s Flyweight: Ann Osman defeats Walaa Abbas by Submission (rear naked choke) at 2:23 minutes of round 1
Featherweight: Ev Ting defeats Cary Bullos by Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:05 minutes of round 2
Flyweight: Gianni Subba defeats Thanh Vu by Knockout at 0:20 minutes of round 1
Women’s Atomweight: Kirstie Gannaway defeats April Osenio by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:50 minutes of round 2
Bantamweight: Chan Rothana defeats Ramon Gonzales by TKO (strikes) at 4:48 minutes of round 1
Catchweight (82kg): Agilan Thani defeats Reant Fabriza Rainir by TKO (strikes) at 1:21 minutes of round 1
Source: ONE Championship (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia