Former Dream Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki succeeded in his ONE FC debut, anchoring the bill with heavy-hitting Frenchman Arnaud Lepont. Aoki made short work of the Frenchman, scoring a takedown within 15 seconds. The grappling ace then sliced through his guard and attempted an armbar. Lepont attempted to stack “The Baka Survivor”, but almost immediately found himself in a triangle choke, refusing to tap. The referee waved off the bout at just 85 seconds as the Frenchman had been put to sleep.
ONE FC crowned their inaugural lightweight champion as Kotetsu Boku and Zoro Moreira did battle in an instant classic. The Japanese Shooto veteran took the lead early on with a big right hand, dropping the Brazilian. The bjj black belt stayed in the fight, however, surviving to see the second round. The second period saw Zoro demolish “No Face”, chopping away at his leg, connecting with big punches, and soccer kicking him on several occasions. It was all for naught, unfortunately, as the third stanza saw Boku connect with the same overhand right, stunning the Brazilian. Boku continued to attack until referee pulled him off at 1:02 of the period, which Moreira was not happy about.
Soo Chul Kim became the first ONE FC Bantamweight champion after extracting some measure of revenge on Leandro Issa. Unlike their first meeting, the jiu jitsu world champion was unable to maintain dominant position as the Korean kept finding ways too his feet. It was early in the second period where the Team Force product opened up with strikes, dropping the Brazilian. Kim followed to ground and assaulted him with a barrage of hammer fists, turning out the lights at 15 seconds of the middle stanza.
Melvin Manhoef notched his first knockout win since 2009. At first, the middleweight kickboxer was taken aback by the drunken kung fu-esque style of Ryo Kawamura. When the former King of Pancrase feigned a double leg for the second time, however, he was met with a vicious salvo of punches from “No Mercy”, leaving him looking up the lights at 4:40 of the opening round.
In an unfortunate turn of events, former UFC champion Jens Pulver advanced in the third and final ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix bout on the bill. While his opponent, Yanfei Zhao, started off well early on, “Lil Evil” surged back in the second. In the third and final frame, however, Pulver was ahead but the sanshou specialist connected with two incredibly powerful kicks to the groin of the American. Pulver was unable to continue, forcing a unanimous technical decision for “Lil Evil”.
Masakatsu Ueda took home a very Ueda-like decision against Min Jung Song in the evening’s second bantamweight grand prix bout. While the Korean had his moments, the superior grappling prowess of the former Shooto champion was simply too much to overcome for “The Running Man”, who found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision.
Kevin Belingon was able to capitalize on a momentary mistake by Yusup Saadulaev to have his hand raised in the first bout of the bantamweight grand prix.The Russian wrestler attempted a lateral drop, but failed to gain the proper leverage and found himself on his back with “The Silencer in side control. The Filipino then opened up with strikes, knocking out Saadulaev. “Maestro” immediately sat up and protested, but the replay showed he was out and awakened by the final punch of the flurry at 3:18 of the opening period.
MMA debutant Gianni Suba absolutely blitzed Bruce Loh in their flyweight bout. The Malaysian cracked Loh with a left hook, putting him on his rear. The Monarchy MMA product then ran directly at the Singapore native and punted his head with one of the cleanest soccer kicks in recent memory. The Singapore native was separated from consciousness at just 33 seconds.
The day’s featherweight curtain jerker certainly lacked no excitement as Mitch Chilson and Ngabdi Mulyadi engaged in a scramble-heavy grappling affair. Surprisingly, it was “The Dragon” who would repeatedly take the fight to the ground. While the Indonesian would lock up several submissions, Chilson was undeterred, looking to pound out his opponent. Early in the second period, the Evolve MMA product escaped a guillotine, passed the guard and pounded out Mulyadi at 1:05 of the middle stanza.
ONE FC 5: “Rise of Kings” Results
- Shinya Aoki defeated Arnaud Lepont via technical submission (triangle) at 1:25 of rd 1.
- Kotetsu Boku defeated. Zorobabel Moreira at 1:02 of rd. 3.
- Soo Chul Kim defeated Leandro Issa via knockout (hammer fists) at 0:15 of rd 2.
- Melvin Manhoef defeated Ryo Kawamura by KO (punch) at 4:40 of rd. 1
- Jens Pulver defeated Yanfei Zhao via unanimous technical decision.
- Masakatsu Ueda defeated Min Jung Song via unanimous decision.
- Kevin Belingon defeated Yusup Saadulaev at 3:18 of rd. 1.
- Gianni Subba defeated Bruce Loh via KO (soccer Kick) at 0:33 rd 1.
- Mitch Chilson defeats. Ngabdi Mulyadi via TKO (ground strikes) at 1:05 rd. 2.