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MMA: Suzuki crowned One FC welterweight champ in Malaysia

Nobutatsu Suzuki celebrates a unanimous-decision win over Brock Larson in the headline bout at One FC: War of Nations in Malaysia. Photos: UFC.

Nobutatsu Suzuki celebrates his win over Brock Larson in the headline bout at One FC: War of Nations. Photos: UFC.

March 15, 2014: Nobutatsu Suzuki was crowned the inaugural One FC Welterweight World Champion after a unanimous-decision win over Brock Larson in the headline clash at the nine-bout War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night.

 

Larson, 36, had asserted his wrestling credentials at Stadium Negara by taking Suzuki down and landing several elbows in the first round, but in the second round the Japanese enjoyed success with his accurate knees, which had the American scrambling for a takedown.

 

After a tentative third round, the 36-year-old Suzuki continued landing strikes to Larson’s midsection in the fourth and fifth rounds, prompting Larson to tempt Suzuki to compete with him on the ground, but to no avail.

 

Korean Kim Dae-hwan, 27, stopped Kevin Belingon in the first round.

Korean Kim Dae-hwan (right) stopped Kevin Belingon in the first round at Stadium Negara.

Kim Dae-hwan continued his meteoric rise up the ranks by submitting Kevin Belingon in the first round of the co-main event, the Korean bantamweight boosting his undefeated record to 10-0-1. Belingon appeared to have the upper hand in early exchanges, but Kim, 27, capitalised on an ill-advised submission attempt by the 26-year-old Filipino, escaping before applying a choke of his own and forcing Belingon to tap out.

 

Adriano Moraes emphasised why he’s considered one of the world’s top flyweight prospect with a clinical display against Yasuhiro Urushitani. The Brazilian’s explosive striking was on full display in the first round, as he caught the Japanese veteran with a flying knee. The 24-year-old then demonstrated his grappling skills in the second round, with a sleek manoeuvre that quickly saw him take Urushitani’s back and sink in the rear naked choke.

 

Japan-born Korean Kotetsu Boku knocked down Arnaud Lepont in the first.

Japan-born Korean Kotetsu Boku (left) knocked down Arnaud Lepont in the first r0und.

Korean Kotetsu Boku, 36, defeated Arnaud Lepont with an early knockout blow in a clash between two of the hardest hitters in the One FC roster. The heavily tattooed pair traded powerful strikes before the Japan-born Boku – a former One FC Lightweight World Champion – delivered a body punch that forced his French opponent to collapse in agony, ending the bout in the first round.

 

Hometown favourite Peter Davis kicked off the main card with an emphatic finish to overcome the tenacious Waqar Umar in one of the evening’s most exciting bouts. The Malaysian nearly finished the fight in the first round with ground and pound from the mount position, while Umar came close with an armbar attempt of his own.

 

Davis, 32, showcased his signature Wuji Chuan striking to start the second round, rocking Umar with a high kick. He continued with a takedown and dropped several vicious elbows that had Umar noticeably wincing in pain, forcing referee Olivier Coste to jump in and stop the fight to the delight of the Malaysian fans.

 

Malaysia’s Peter Davis beat Pakistan’s Waqar Umar to the delight of the home fans.

Malaysia’s Peter Davis beat Pakistan’s Waqar Umar to the delight of the home fans.

Malaysia’s Saiful Merican, 25, had earlier started the night’s festivities by overcoming Cambodian boxing champion Khim Dima, 23, in a battle of two standup artists. ‘The Vampire’ controlled the bout with superior ground control, winning the bout in two of the judges’ scorecards.

 

The much-anticipated rematch between Malaysia’s Ann Osman and Singapore’s Sherilyn Lim was cancelled after Lim failed to make weight at Thursday’s weigh-in. The 23-year-old Lim, who beat Osman in Singapore last October, weighed in at 55.1kg for their 52kg contest.

 

One FC: War of Nations
, Stadium Negara, Malaysia

Welterweight bout: Nobutatsu Suzuki defeats Brock Larson by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Bantamweight bout: Dae Hwan Kim defeats Kevin Belingon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:39 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Adriano Moraes defeats Yasuhiro Urushitani by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:48 minutes of round 2

Lightweight bout: Kamal Shalorus defeats Ariel Sexton by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Catchweight bout: Andrew Leone defeats Shinichi Kojima by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round3

Lightweight bout: Kotetsu Boku defeats Arnaud Lepont by TKO (Strikes) at 4:06 minutes of round 1

Lightweight bout: Peter Davis defeats Waqar Umar by Submission (Verbal Tapout) at 3:07 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout: Herbert Burns defeats Harris Sarmiento by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Flyweight bout: Saiful Merican defeats Khim Dima by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

 

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Source: One FC

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