ONE FC held its sixth event Saturday evening in Singapore, which showcased the promotions biggest signing yet in Shinya Aoki, as well as two championship fights that had very unexpected outcomes.
The main event featured Frenchman Arnaud Lepont and Japanese grappling sensation Shinya Aoki. Lepont called for a match with Aoki after defeating Brian Choi at OneFC 4 and his wish was granted.
Lepont showed nothing for Aoki. Without even throwing as much as a jab, Aoki took Lepont to the ground and almost immediately mounted him. After raining down five or six softening blows, Aoki sank in a triangle choke from the top. While flirting with transitioning to an armbar, Lepont rolled, allowing Aoki to finish the triangle from his back, leaving Lepont unconscious.
After the very easy win, Aoki ran to the stands and grabbed his son Jyotaro, who was born just days after the violent earthquake that brought Japan to it’s knees. The emotional Aoki called for a title shot, one that will likely be granted, after the outcome of the lightweight title fight.
In the lightweight title bout, Zorobabel Moreira came in as a huge favorite against Kotetsu Boku. After rolling in his first three fights with the promotion, which included a soccer kick knockout of Roger Huerta, it appeared Zoro was on his way to becoming the face of OneFC. That all came to a halt Saturday night.
Japanese striker Kotetsu Boku, from the Krazy Bee camp in Tokyo, showed off his punching power and knocked out Moreira just 31 seconds into the third round. After flooring Moreira in the first round, it appeared Boku was on the brink of defeat, as he absorbed a vicious barrage of leg kicks from Moreira throughout the fight. With most of his lateral movement gone and suddenly finding himself flat-footed, Boku blasted Moreira against the cage, stunning him and causing him to grab on to the cage. With Moreira unable to recover from the huge punch, Boku continued to rain down punches and referee Yuji Shimada called an end to the fight, giving Boku the OneFC Lightweight Championship, and possibly setting up a match with Shinya Aoki.
In the bantamweight title fight – which was a rematch from the first OneFC event – Soo Chul Kim and Leandro Issa kept things entertaining, showcasing an exciting display of both ground and stand-up fighting.
The two exchanged blows throughout the first round, with Issa even stunning Kim midway thru the frame. Dominating the ground game, Kim did just enough to stay away from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s submission game and kept the fight standing. After a very even first round, which saw Issa cut from Kim’s repeated elbows via Issa takedown attempts, the two met in the center of the cage at the opening of the second. Kim waved Issa on, in a “bring it on” sort of fashion. Issa obliged and threw a much telegraphed hook. Kim slipped and returned the favor, flooring Issa. Kim moved in for the finish and the fight was over. Kim, who was by far the underdog coming into the fight, showed huge emotion and happiness after the fight, running out of the cage and doing a lap around it before returning for his post fight interview.
Melvin Manhoef had to deal with a very odd Ryo Kawamura, who more or less danced around until being blasted with a Manhoef power shot. After nearly five minutes of Kawamura dancing all over the cage, it appeared he was diving in for a shot, something he did quite a bit in the fight. Manhoef caught him, hitting him so hard he spun to the ground. Manhoef gave him one huge shot for the road, and the fight was called at 4:40 of the first round.
Jens Pulver returned to the win column, beating 19-year-old Ya Fei Zhao in an odd ending. After controlling much of the fight, Zhao landed a huge low blow on Pulver, which sent him back against the cage and had the former champ writhing in pain. After several minutes of confusion, it was determined Pulver could no longer continue. The fight went to the judges, and Pulver was declared the winner by way of decision, and moved on to the next round in the bantamweight grand prix.
Coming off a loss to Travis Marx, Masakatsu Ueda returned to the win column, outpointing and outclassing Min Jung Song. Ueda was much quicker to the punch in the fight, and used a brilliant display of counter punching against the more aggressive Korean fighter, to secure the unanimous decision and moved on to the next round in the bantamweight grand prix.
Former DREAM grand prix competitor Yusuup Saadulaev made his much anticipated OneFC debut against Filipino Kevin Belingon. Coming off a huge win over Hideo Tokoro at Genki Desu Ka!! Omisoka 2011, it was thought Saadulaev would be a competitor in the grand prix’s final rounds, but that will not be the case. Belingon countered Saadulaev’s wrestling with pinpoint striking and a skilled grappling game of his own, and finished the Russian off with a huge shot just three minutes into the first round.
Bruce Loh was no match for Gianni Subba. Just thirty seconds into the fight, Subba landed a huge 1-2 combo, putting Loh to the ground. A monster soccer kick, one that would make Lionel Messi proud, was all it took for the bout to be halted and Subba declared the winner.
Mitch Chilson opened the night against Ngabdi Mulyadi. Chilson kept Mulyadi at bay with his repeated jab and immediately shot in for a takedown that resulted in the American being caught in a guillotine that looked like would end the fight. Chilson escaped and again took the fight to the ground, only this time slamming his opponent. After several knees to the head from Chilson, he took back control, only to find time running out. Round two saw Chilson very hungry to finish the fight. Slamming Mulyadi again, this time Chilson took mount in quick fashion and rained down huge blows, halting the fight at 1:05 in the second round.
Official results for ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS:
Shinya Aoki defeats Arnaud Lepont by triangle choke submission at 1:25 minutes of round 1
Kotetsu Boku defeats Zorobabel Moreira by TKO at 1:02 minutes of round 3
Soo Chul Kim defeats Leandro Issa by KO at 15 seconds of round 2
Melvin Manhoef defeats Ryo Kawamura by KO at 4:40 minutes of round 1
Jens Pulver defeats Zhao Ya Fei by unanimous decision of round 3
Masakatsu Ueda defeats Min Jung Song by unanimous decision at 3:00 minutes of round 3
Kevin Belingon defeats Yusup Saadulaev by TKO at 3:18 minutes of round 1
Gianni Subba defeats Bruce Loh by KO at 33 seconds of round 1
Mitch Chilson defeats Ngabdi Mulyadi by TKO at 3:57 minutes of round 2