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MMA: Philippines’ Kelly conquers Lisita in One FC’s Taiwan debut

Eric Kelly of the Philippines celebrates victory over Australian Rob Lisita in the headline bout at War of Dragons, One FC’s debut in Taiwan. Photos: One FC.

Eric Kelly of the Philippines celebrates victory over Australian Rob Lisita in the headline bout at War of Dragons, One FC’s debut in Taiwan. Photos: One FC.

July 11, 2014: Eric ‘The Natural’ Kelly of the Philippines turned in a tremendous technical performance to defeat Australian Rob Lisita by rear naked choke in the main event of Friday evening’s War of Dragons, One FC’s sold-out Taiwan debut.

 

All three Taiwanese fighters were victorious at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei, where Japan’s Koji Ando beat previously undefeated Rafael Nunes and six-foot nine-inch Englishman Chi Lewis Parry knocked out Alan Ngalani in their much-anticipated heavyweight rematch.

 

In the headline bout, Kelly overcame a monstrous effort by Lisita to win by submission in round two. In the first round, Kelly and Lisita trade heavy-handed blows in the clinch, after which both fighters had their moments on the ground. Kelly attempted a plethora of submission attempts, while Lisita opted to strike.

 

In the second round, Kelly was bleeding profusely from the nose but in an incredible display of heart and tenacity, the Filipino showed why he is held in such high regard by busting out another submission, securing the rear naked choke he had worked on the entire fight.

 

Koji Ando of Japan ended Brazilian Rafael Nunes’ undefeated streak in the night’s penultimate bout.

Koji Ando of Japan ended Brazilian Rafael Nunes’ undefeated streak in the night’s penultimate bout.

Ando dealt previously undefeated Brazilian Rafael Nunes the first loss of his career, winning by submission in the first round. Ando stalked his opponent for a good minute and a half as Nunes circled away. The fight went to the ground shortly after and Ando was able to take Nunes’ back. In an impressive display of jiu-jitsu, Ando snuck his right arm deep under Nunes’ neck and squeezed out the rear naked choke.

 

Koetsu Okazaki, Ando’s compatriot, overcame a dominant first round by Yusup Saadulaev to win by referee stoppage. The first round was all Saadulaev as the Russian used a beautifully executed trip to take Okazaki to the ground and keep him there, dealing damage from a dominant position.

 

Okazaki fired back by boxing well in the second, rocking his opponent with a few counter right hands as Saadulaev was coming in. Saadulaev scored on a takedown and an extremely technical grappling exchange ensued on the mat. In a quick turn of events, Okazaki took control of Saadulaev’s back and unleashed a tirade of unanswered strikes to the head, causing the referee to put an end to the match.

 

Jake Butler put his elite wrestling skills on full display as the former NCAA Division I wrestler beat Egypt’s Mohamed Ali, winning by referee stoppage in the third round. After an intense feeling-out process in the opening moments, Butler shot for a double leg and took Ali to the mat. On the ground, Butler used his superior wrestling skills to smother his opponent, scoring on a couple of hard strikes from side control.

 

The second round featured much of the same, as Butler secured the single-leg takedown, assuming side control shortly after. In the third, the American got double underhooks, taking his opponent to the ground once again, this time winding up in full mount. Butler finished the fight with ground and pound from the top position.

 

Taiwanese heavyweight Paul Cheng beat Mahmoud Hassan after the Egyptian failed to come out for the third round.

Taiwanese heavyweight Paul Cheng (left) beat Mahmoud Hassan after the Egyptian failed to come out for the third round.

In a clash of two heavyweight behemoths, Paul Cheng of Taiwan outlasted Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan, winning by verbal submission at the end of the second round. In the first round, both fighters immediately locked horns in the centre of the cage in a furious exchange of strikes.

 

Cheng, a former Canadian Football League defensive lineman, then dropped levels for a double leg takedown and dragged Hassan to the canvas, pounding as his opponent covered up. Hassan got in a good left hook that rocked Cheng, but the Taiwanese star again found success with the takedown. Cheng suffocated Hassan with heavy-handed strikes in the full mount, piling on the damage. Before the beginning of the third round, Hassan failed to answer the call to action with a verbal submission.

 

In a rematch of their void first encounter, Lewis Parry gave the Taiwanese audience their first taste of a One FC heavyweight bout, defeating Ngalani of Cameroon by TKO. Parry looked to have the advantage in the stand-up as soon as the two warriors exchanged strikes.

 

Giant Englishman Chi Lewis Parry beat Alain Ngalani in the first round of the heavyweight rematch.

Giant Englishman Chi Lewis Parry (left) beat Alain Ngalani in the first round of the heavyweight rematch.

Sensing this, Ngalani went for the takedown by executing a successful judo trip to achieve full mount. From top position, Ngalani hit Parry with a series of elbows but the English star was able to score on a quick reversal. In side control, Parry struck Ngalani with a ferocious elbow to the head and followed that up with a couple more, knocking out his opponent.

 

Taiwanese bantamweight star Sung Ming-yen delighted his hometown crowd with an inspired performance as he defeated Singapore’s Nicholas Lee, taking his opponent completely out of his game with high-level grappling. As soon as the fight began, Sung immediately closed the gap on Lee with a quick but powerful hip toss, sending his opponent to the canvas. On the ground, Sung slowly advanced to mount and caught Lee in a beautifully executed guillotine choke, forcing the Singaporean to tap out as the capacity crowd loudly cheered.

 

Jeff Huang (left) overcame Bala Shetty of India for the first of three wins by Taiwanese fighters.

Jeff Huang (left) overcame Bala Shetty of India for the first of three wins by Taiwanese fighters.

Taiwanese fighter Jeff Huang overcame a spirited performance by his opponent Bala Shetty of India to win by TKO in round one. Both fighters wasted absolutely no time by going right at each other from the opening bell. A furious scramble led to a battle on the mat as Shetty caught Huang in a side headlock. Huang impressed the crowd with his technical groundwork, scoring on a reversal and twice catching his foe in a rear naked choke. Ditching the submission attempts, Huang went to work on his ground and pound, raining down a series of unanswered hammer fists that caused the referee to stop the fight saving Shetty from further punishment.

 

It was a short night’s work for Eliot Corley as he showcased his Muay Thai skills by defeating Rayner Kinsiong by TKO in the very first round. Corley went right at Kinsiong with two vicious body kicks that found their mark. He then snuck in a short right hand that sent Kinsiong backpedalling towards the cage fence. A sharp right elbow over the top dropped Kinsiong and the referee stepped in to stop the fight before Kinsiong could take more damage.

 

Hong Kong featherweight Nathan Ng kicked things with an impressive first-round submission victory over Florian Garel of France. Ng came out looking to strike, landing a quick right hand that sent Garel crashing to the mat. Both fighters made it back to their feet but Ng mixed things up and quickly went for a takedown. On the ground, Ng secured a reverse head and arm choke that forced Garel to tap out.

 

Official Results – One FC: War of Dragons, NTU Sports Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Featherweight: Eric Kelly defeats Rob Lisita by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:43 minutes of Round 2

Lightweight: Koji Ando defeats Rafael Nunes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:43 minutes of Round 1

Bantamweight: Koetsu Okazaki defeats Yusup Saadulaev by TKO (Strikes) at 4:21 minutes of Round 2

Light Heavyweight: Jake Butler defeats Mohamed Ali by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 minutes of Round 3

Heavyweight: Paul Cheng defeats Mahmoud Hassan by Submission (Verbal) at 0:00 minutes of Round 3

Heavyweight: Chi Lewis Parry defeats Alain Ngalani by TKO (Strikes) at 4:07 minutes of Round 1

Bantamweight: Sung Ming Yen defeats Nicholas Lee by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:10 minutes of Round 1

Welterweight: Jeff Huang defeats Bala Shetty by TKO (Strikes) at 3:20 minutes of Round 1

Lightweight: Eliot Corley defeats Rayner Kinsiong by TKO (Strikes) at 1:36 minutes of Round 1

Featherweight: Nathan Ng defeats Florian Garel by Submission (Head and Arm Choke) at 1:23 minutes of Round 1

 

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

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