Takedown Tuesday: All I See is Gold – Aung La Nsang’s TKO and a trifecta at DEEP 86

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Takedown Tuesday 30 October

The weekend of 26 October started out with a tame card from SHOOTO and Unanimous Decisions were the main theme of the night. Derricot Yamamoto decisioned Ryoji Kudo in the main event, but unfortunately there was no live stream on which to watch it.

ONE Championship’s latest landing in Myanmar heralded middleweight champ Aung La Nsang’s second successful title defense with a big TKO over Mohammad Karaki. Keanu Subba didn’t let the hometown crowd faze him as he uprooted Phoe Thaw’s undefeated record with a rear naked choke. Imanari did what Imanari does against Radeem Rahman, while Lethwei champions Ye Thway Ne and Mite Yine delivered an absolutely brutal and technical striking contest, the former winning the decision.

DEEP 86 Impact featured a staggering three championship battles that ran the gamut from technical classic to bloody slugfest. Yuki Motoya versus Makoto Kamaya was the technical dream, in which Motoya showcased beautiful striking to claim yet another DEEP belt, this time at bantamweight. Satoshi Yamasu delivered the performance of a lifetime over Takahiro Ashida to steal the featherweight title by out-wrestling the wrestler. Ironically, the bloodiest battle was fought between two grapplers on their feet: Koji Takeda brutally claimed the lightweight strap by pummeling a hapless Satoru Kitaoka’s face.

Mongolian promotion MGL-1 finally had a live stream for their 12th event, and the belted a lightweight champion as the main event. Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu and Baatarkhuu Enkh-Orgil went a full five rounds due to too much caution, and a late rally finally saw the judges give Tsogookhuu the victory. A 52kg 4-man tournament yielded Sheenerjun and Batmunkh as the finalists, and nineteen-year old Tsendsuren became a new prospect to watch when he showed off a nice pair of hands in a three round decision win over Khishibayar.

One Pride FN 23 atomweights Aprianus Thomas and Imam Yarha capped off the event with a crazy short brawl, with Thomas landing viciously accurate punches for the TKO. Andriawan Dharmita showcased his grappling against Boston Siagian and got a rear naked choke tap out, and Rustam Hutajulu did the same thing to Daniel Chandra, just a bit quicker.

BRAVE CF 17 was an historic event held in Pakistan with a host of locally trained fighters getting the spotlight. Filipino regular Jeremy Pacatiw made himself an even stronger name on the promotion’s roster with a decision over Uloomi Kareem, and Dragon Warrior Shanghai product Yibugele had a highlight reel-worthy KO over Zia Mashwani after almost three rounds of an all out war.

At WARDOG 18 in Osaka, bantamweight champ Tsubasa Kamino defended his strap against “Nao” with a unanimous decision win, and Katsugu won the right to be the next flyweight contender.

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