Koji Ando defeats Rob Hill to lock in lightweight title shot

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Top-ranked Japanese fighter Koji Ando defeat Australian brawler Rob Hill by decision after three rounds in the main event of Legend 9.

Koji has now won five of his last six fights. With this win, Ando has earned the right to face reigning champion Jadamba Narantungalag for the Legend Lightweight Title at Legend 11.

“I’ve got the title in my sights,” said Ando. “I’m looking forward to proving that I have what it takes to beat Jadamba.”

China Top Team’s welterweight Li Jingliang defeated Australian Dan Pauling via judges’ decision after three rounds in the Legend 9 co-main event. With the win, Li improves his record to 13-3 overall as he sets his sights on another shot at the Legend Welterweight Title.

In the four-man bantamweight tournament, former Legend titleholder Yao Honggang of China triumphed over Filipino Agustin Delarmino, Jr., by submission in the first round, and Japan’s Taiyo Nakahara defeated Korean showman Jo Nam Jin by judges’ decision after three rounds. Yao will face off against Nakahara for the Legend Bantamweight Title at Legend 10.

The fight between Wu Haotian and Damien Brown earned Fight of the Night honors. Ji Xian earned Submission of the Night with a first round guillotine choke win over Australian Jack Gooderham in the first minute.

“We continue to be wowed by the audiences here at City of Dreams,” said Mr. Michael Haskamp, Legend co-founder and managing director. “It’s a fantastic venue that always hosts extremely competitive fights. Tonight was no exception; our main card may have been Legend’s best yet.”

LEGEND 9 Official Results:

Koji Ando def. Rob Hill
Decision

Li Jingliang def. Dan Pauling
Decision

Damien Brown def. Wu Haotian
Decision

Yao Honggang def. Agustin Delarmino
Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:38 of R1

Hideto Tatsumi def. Pat Crawley
Decision

Ji Xian def. Jack Gooderham
Submission (guillotine choke) at 0:34 of R1

Taiyo Nakahara def. Jo Nam Jin
Decision

Rob Lisita def. Choi Yeong Gwang
Decision

Daniel Hooker def. Wu Chengjie
TKO (doctor stoppage) at 3:44 of R1

Diego Cuenca def. Muhammad Hanif Bin Zainal
Submission (rear naked choke) at 4:17 of R1

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