ONE: Unbreakable Warriors took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this evening and it featured an epic main event between Rob Lisita and Ev Ting.
Both men put in incredible performances and it was the Australian Lisita that started strongly as he put the pressure on Ting early and stung him with several accurate, powerful strikes.
After enduring an opening blitz of strikes and takedowns in the first five minutes, Ting clearly had more in the tank in the last two rounds he fought back bravely putting some brutal striking combinations together while mixing in the odd takedown.
Both Lisita and Ting took a significant amount of damage during the fifteen-minute warfare, but when the fight ended and the judges had their say it was Ting who deservedly got the nod in his own backyard having clearly got better of rounds two and three.
Speaking to the fans after the fight, Ting had one thing on his mind and it was the ONE Championship lightweight champion, Shinya Aoki.
“I want a title shot guys,” Ting said. “Let’s go! Rally for me! I want that strap! Peace out, title shot, warrior spirit. What more do you want?”
Elsewhere on the card, another lightweight contender, Shannon Wiratchai, also put himself in title contention when he defeated Malaysia’s Peter Davis in a highly entertaining clash of elite strikers. Wiratchai got the finish just past the midway point in round two when an uppercut dropped Davis and he finished him with a follow-up volley of punches with his man on the deck.
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Despite their impressive wins, both Ting’s and Wiratchai’s title ambitions will likely have to be put on ice for the short term future at least. It was announced earlier this week that Aoki would defend his belt next on November 11th at ONE: Defending Honor against Eduard Folayang.
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The surprise of the night came when Ann Osman was defeated in the first round of her fight with April Osenio. After multiple scrambles on the mat, Osenio caught Osman in a Guillotine Choke to force the tap and get the shock win.
ONE: Unbreakable Warriors Full Card
Ev Ting def. Rob Lisita via unanimous decision
Shannon Wiratchai def. Peter Davis via TKO (punches), Round 2, 3:32
April Osenio def. Ann Osman via sub (guillotine), Round 1, 4:09
Gilberto Galvao def. Tatsuya Mizuno via unanimous decision
Gianni Subba def. Yago Bryan Farias de Morais via unanimous decision
Agilan Thani def. Trestle Tan via sub (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:24
Keanu Subba def. Waqar Umar via sub (strikes), Round 1, 4:31
Musu Nuerdebieke def. Bruno Pucci via KO (strikes)
Jenny Huang def. Jeet Toshi via sub (arm-triangle choke)
Muhammad Aiman def. Hisyam Sams via unanimous decision
Rene Catalan def. Zhang You Liang via unanimous decision
Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship
28 Years Old, Zhang Weili(16-1) from China has challenged Strawweight champion Angela Lee for her strap in One Championship according to a source close to the Chinese fighter. Zhang who is the champion and fighting for Chinese based promotion Kunlun FC is currently negotiating on a one fight deal to face Angela. According to the source, they would like to determine who is the best women fighter in Asia in a one-off match and would have no problems to fight under the One Championship banner.
Since her pro debut loss in 2013, Zhang has racked up 16 wins in 3 years with a total of 15 finishes. She is the number #6 ranked women strawweight in the World according to Fightmatrix.com, just behind Rose Namajunas who will be facing UFC champion and number #1 ranked strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title next month. Angela, on the other hand, is 9 rungs below Zhang at number 15.
While ONE was very eager to have a cross-promotion fight between Angela Lee and Joanna Jedrzejczyk to determine who has the better strawweight, they seem less eager to have a Kunlun FC champion on board for a one fight deal. The source states that ONE would need for Zhang to sign a 2-year exclusive contract first before discussing further for a fight with Angela.
If the source is accurate, ONE seems to be covering their bases this time and would not like for their champion to lose the belt to another promotion without securing Zhang on an exclusive contract. Kunlun, on the other hand, would also not want to lose their best fighter to another Asian promotion. Zhang would be a huge asset to ONE for their expansion in China but it would be tough for them to pry off the Chinese fighter as the source states that Zhang is being paid handsomely on Kunlun FC.
While things are looking bleak for a match between Angela Lee and Zhang Weili to happen in the ONE Championship cage, the fans will be keeping their fingers crossed and hope that they could witness a fight between two of the best women Strawweights in Asia.
Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship
After speculations on who Martin Nguyen’s next opponent when he signed a fight contract, ONE Championship have confirmed that Martin Nguyen is set to challenge Eduard Folayang’s lightweight title in Manila on ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 10 November.
The fight is the latest in a series of cross-division fights announced after Shinya Aoki vs Ben Askren and Aung La NSang vs Alain Ngalani, but this will be the first time the reigning ONE Championship titleholders from two weight divisions will clash.
Nguyen’s coach, Fari Salievski, did tease on the idea of Nguyen fighting for the title in different weight divisions , but he teased on a bantamweight division since Martin was underweight for his featherweight title fight against Marat Gafurov.
Despite being on the lighter side of a featherweight division, the new champion decided to challenge the title against a fighter a weight class above him, and opens the possibility of the first fighter in ONE Championship to challenge the title in 3 weight divisions.
“I’m not out only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner” – Martin Nguyen
ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD will be held in Malls of Asia Arena in Manila on 10 November 2017
Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship
Bashir Ahmad is appointed as the Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, the role made to develop and strengthen the relationships between ONE Championship and various MMA gyms and promotions.
“Essentially, I see myself doing what I did in Pakistan and working to accelerate the growth of MMA in Asia with other players in the MMA scene,” Ahmad explained.
As the pioneer of Pakistani MMA, Bashir Ahmad has worked to promote MMA in Pakistan, most notably the Shaheen Gym project, a non-profit gym which serves to take at-risk youth off the street with the appeal and focus of MMA. With his new position in ONE, Ahmad believes he will be better positioned to develop MMA in Asia, particularly in his hometown Pakistan.
“I think it’s a win-win. I’ve learned about developing MMA in a really difficult market – Pakistan, and I bring that experience with me.”
“On the flip side, I get work with one of the world’s most professional martial arts brands and bring those lessons to my mission in Pakistan.”
4-3 on his professional MMA career, Ahmad has been fighting for ONE Championship since April 2013 and became the first ONE Championship athlete to make the transition from into the management role in the promotion. Despite this additional role, Ahmad is adamant that his new role in ONE Championship does not take him away from active competition.
“100% not retired. I can certainly train. If Martin can beat Gafurov while being a full-time mechanic, I can certainly train when I work in the MMA industry for a living. It’s about time management and training smart.”
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