Live from Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, One FC’s fourth offering “Destiny of Warriors” delivered action in spades. The night was loaded with upsets, entertaining battles, and memorable finishes.
The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral made his return to MMA in triumphant fashion, quickly submitting Tatsuya Mizuno via armbar in just 31 seconds. After being taken off balance early on, “Babalu” found the Japanese fighter in his guard and quickly applied an armbar which immediately forced a tap from Mizuno.
The decline of former UFC poster boy Roger Huerta sadly continues. Although “El Matador” opened the bout showing improved muay Thai, the striking and range of his opponent, Zorobabel Moreira proved to be too much for the UFC veteran. “Zorro” matched Huerta kick-for-kick, but seemed to get the better of all the exchanges. In the end, the added muscle to the Texan’s body frame wore him down, a clearly exhausted Huerta was stunned by knees and eventually bodied by a vicious soccer kick from the Brazilian at 3:53 of the second frame.
Japanese leglock specialist Masakazu Imanari was unable to collect another trophy when he met Mundials Champion Leandro Izza in a bantamweight bout. The Brazilian was able to shut down “Ashikan Judan’s” predictably unpredictable game using superior striking and tight grappling, earning a unanimous decision victory.
After a brilliant start to a welterweight bout, Gregor Gracie began fading in the second period against Adam Kayoom. “The Shogun” was able to weather the early storm of Gracie jiu jitsu and outlast the Brazilian using his superior striking. After fifteen minutes, judges rendered a unanimous decision victory for the Malay.
Eric Kelly and Bae Young Kwon delivered a thrilling three-round battle which saw flashes of brilliance from both men. The Korean Judoka was able to trip, throw, and take Kelly down repeatedly, but the Filipino was able to constantly return to his feet and work his superior kickboxing game there. Not to be outdone in the grappling department, Kelly almost ended the bout via rear-naked choke twice. In the end, “The Natural” was unable to put the coffin nails in, but had done enough to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Featherweights Brian Choi and Arnaud Lepont went completely wild at the start of their match, winging wild punches at a breakneck speed. The tempo of the fight slowed over time as the Frenchman began to show signs of fatigue, opening the door for the Korean to use his superior wrestling to control his opponent. Unfortunately for the “Polar Bear”, Lepont still had the wherewithal to land a hard knee on a shot and secure his back, choking him out at 1:38 of the final stanza in a comeback win.
In a catchweight bout, Mitch Chilson looked to rebound from a loss in his promotional debut, doing exactly that by choking out A.J. Vaa at 1:39 of the first round. “The Dragon” blitzed the Vaa with strikes and superior takedowns early on and never relented. After stunning his opponent with a knee, the Renzo Gracie blue belt locked up a rear-naked choke, putting the Malaysian to sleep.
In a clash of Brazilian grapplers, Marcos Escobar was clearly on a higher level than Rodrigo Praxedes. Dominating from the opening bell, the Nova Uniao welterweight sliced through “The Professor’s” guard with ease, landing effective ground and pound from all angles. After Escobar locked up a D’arce choke, Praxedes was forced to tap at 1:05 of the third period.
It was a short night for Kim Hock Quek, who was stopped by Peter Davis in their lightweight bout in under a minute. After connecting with a kick that had “The Hulk” reeling, the Malay grabbed hold of a thai plumm, kneeing and punching his opponent until referee Matt Hume called the bout at 55 seconds.