ONE FC 16 went down in the promotion’s hometown of Singapore on May 30, 2014. Ben Askren’s debut was heralded as he finished Bakhtiyar Abbasov in the closing seconds of the first round.
Askren got a huge surprise – along with the audience – when Abbasov lifted and slammed him in the opening stanza. After that moment of glory, the Russian was denied any further applause. Askren did what Askren does. After riding Abbasov and raining punches, Askren mercifully rolled him over and choked him out with just 10 seconds to spare.
Vincent Latoel also stunned the Singapore crowd when he knocked out hometown favorite Eddie Ng. Latoel showed a very different game against Ng’s strong clinching, and was able to defend his takedowns. When his 1-2 found a home on Ng’s chin, Ng hit the canvas and Latoel ran off to celebrate, but when it looked like the ref wasn’t stopping it, Latoel almost pounced again.
Later premier journalist James Goyder said on Twitter that Ng had broken his wrist and taken a pain injection prior to the fight. While it may or may not have affected his performance, a government-regulated competition shouldn’t and wouldn’t have allowed the bout to go forward under such circumstances.
Jadamba Naratungalag and Honorio Banario put on the barnburner of the evening. At 38, all eyes were on Jadamaba’s drop to featherweight and his return after a gruesome ankle break that lost his Legend FC belt to Koji Ando. Banario also had a lot to prove going into the match, needing a win after losing back to back title contest with Koji Oishi. And they went for broke to prove their points. Jadamba’s chopping low kicks and Banario’s nice punching counters, Banario’s take downs and Jadamba’s great defense – with both working it to standing after one got the other down.
The final round was Jadamba’s full stop on the end of a dramatic comeback. His kicks were quicker than Banario’s counters, and a final takedown sealed it. Jadamba edged out the UD over Banario in what should be considered the fight of the night.
Caros Fodor got back into the win column while putting Willy Ni on a seven fight losing skid. Ni jumped guard for an early guillotine attempted as he wa forced against the cage. Fodor patiently waited it out. On the ground Ni tried to climb his guard up and clinch for safety, but Fodor was too powerful. He eventually passed to side, where he looked on a kimura for the finish.
Major Overall showed incredible versatility against Bruno Pucci’s outstanding grappling. It was Overall with the first takedown, but Pucci reversed it and worked to get a body lock from behind. Overall spun inside guard and escaped a triangle attempt then got to his feet, where a striking exchange saw him plant one on the button. He followed up with a soccer punt that sent Pucci into rigor mortis.
A slugfest between the heavies Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani didn’t amount to much as Ngalani took a knee to the groin early in the round and could not recover.
Singapore’s Radeem Rahman needed almost a full round to find his pacing against Raymond Tan, but when he did there was nothing that could stop him. Tan had a brief chance to take the fight when he tagged Rahman early, but by the second he had nothing left. Rahman rag dolled Tan to the canvas and worked to mount where the ref decided Tan had taken enough of a beating.
On the prelims, Nik Harris avenged an earlier defeat to Brad Robinson by Split Decision, and Indonesia-based Casey Suire defeated Singaporean Stephen Langdown by rear naked choke.
ONE FC 16
May 30, 2014
Ben Askren defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
Vincent Latoel defeats Eddie Ng by Knockout at 3:16 minutes of round 1
Jadambaa Naratungalag defeats Honorio Banario by Unanimous Decision
Caros Fodor defeats Willy Ni by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
Major Overall defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest
Radeem Rahman defeats Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14 minutes of round 2
Nik Harris defeats Brad Robinson by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Casey Suire defeats Stephen Langdown by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41 minutes of round 1
BEN ASKREN VICTORIOUS IN ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY MAIN EVENT
PLUS: VINCENT LATOEL MOVES UP LIGHTWEIGHT RANKINGS WITH IMPRESSIVE VICTORY
ALSO: HOMETOWN HERO RADEEM RAHMAN VICTORIOUS IN RETURN TO ONE FC CAGE
30 May 2014 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization with a 90% market share, impressed the sold-out crowd in attendance at the iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium with another night of world-class mixed martial arts action. In the main event of the evening, Ben Askren proved once again why he is considered the best welterweight in the world by submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov and extending his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record to thirteen wins.
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Ben Askren made a successful ONE FC debut by overcoming Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov. The Azerbaijani began the bout impressively by taking Askren down, but Askren’s wrestling pedigree shone through. He reversed the position from the bottom and dominated the rest of the round by holding a hapless Abbasov down, and finished the bout with an arm-triangle submission. In his post-fight victory, Askren called out current ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to defend his belt in their next scheduled bout.
Vincent Latoel of the Netherlands moved up the lightweight rankings by defeating rising star Eddie Ng in the co-main event. Latoel caught Eddie Ng moving forward with a right punch that dropped Ng and the referee jumped in to call a stop to the bout.
Honorio Banario and Jadambaa Naratungalag put on a striking exhibition that had the crowd cheering their every move. Banario took Jadambaa down briefly and also landed an impressive wushu side kick to close out the first round. After a brief takedown exchange, the pair was happy to spend the rest of the second round trading strikes in a high-octane second round. The tactical battle continued into the third round as each fighter had their moments, and Jadambaa closed the round with a successful takedown attempt. All three judges gave the bout to Jadambaa as the fans voiced their approval.
Caros Fodor proved once again why he is considered one of the best lightweights in ONE FC by finishing Willy Ni of the Netherlands. Ni dived on a guillotine choke attempt almost immediately from the opening bell, but Fodor survived the early scare and began to rain down shots from inside Ni’s guard. Fodor moved to side control and finished the bout with a kimura that forced Ni to tap out.
Major Overall surprised the crowd by knocking out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the previously undefeated Bruno Pucci. Pucci’s grappling prowess was on display early as he had Overall in danger with both a body triangle and a mounted position, but Overall managed to escape. The American then landed a left hook that dropped Pucci and followed it up with a kick to the head that finished the fight.
The heavyweight clash between standouts Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani was cut short when a knee from Parry in the clinch inadvertently struck Ngalani in the groin. Ngalani was unable to recover within the stipulated time limit and the bout was declared a no-contest.
Radeem Rahman kicked off the main card by becoming the only Singaporean to notch two wins in the ONE FC cage. His opponent, Malaysia’s Raymond Tan, won the early striking exchanges, knocking Rahman down twice in the first round. Rahman resiliently fought back, taking Tan down early in the second round. Rahman never gave the Malaysian an opportunity to get back to his feet, and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes from mount. Referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout as the Singapore crowd erupted in cheers.
Nik Harris avenged an earlier loss in his career by defeating Brad Robinson via split decision. After a brief exchange in the clinch, Harris began to find his striking range in the first round. Robinson had more success in the second round with a series of well-timed strikes, including an elbow that appeared to rock Harris. Harris was effective in stopping Robinson’s takedowns in the third rounds, landing more strikes in the process. The bout was tightly contested throughout but it was Harris who won the contest on two of the three judges’ scorecards, awarding him a split decision victory.
Casey Suire kicked off ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY with an impressive display of both striking and grappling. The American knocked Langdown down with a crisp left hook. He then pounced on top of Langdown, and patiently advanced his position. He eventually succeeded in securing the Singaporean’s back and finished the fight with a rear naked choke less than four minutes into the first round.
Official results for ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY
Welterweight bout: Ben Askren defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Eddie Ng by Knockout at 3:16 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Caros Fodor defeats Willy Ni by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Major Overall defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Heavyweight bout: Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest
Bantamweight bout: Radeem Rahman defeats Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14 minutes of round 2
Catchweight bout: Nik Harris defeats Brad Robinson by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Bantamweight bout: Casey Suire defeats Stephen Langdown by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41 minutes of round 1
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