Reigning ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio survived the grappling onslaught of former champion Alex Silva to retains his title with a razor-thin split decision.
In the main event of ONE: Fire & Fury, Pacio pushed the pace and peppered Silva with pinpoint accurate combinations.
Silva spent the majority of the contest hunting for the takedown, at times pulling guard to bring matters to the ground where he held the advantage. Pacio, however, showed stellar submission defense and was able to get back up to his feet.
In the end, Pacio did just enough to earn the decision on the scorecards.
Buist bests Folayang
In the co-main event Pieter Buist shocked the Filipino crowd as he defeated former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang after three rounds.
Buist’s length proved problematic early for Folayang, as the Filipino found difficulty in gauging his opponent’s range. Action was fierce by the second round and Buist was starting to hit the mark. He landed a thudding head kick in the final round, stunning Folayang, but not enough to stop the fight.
In the end, two of three judges saw the bout in favor of Buist who took home a split decision for his efforts.
Former ONE World Title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines overcame a spirited effort from Chinese opponent Xie Wei to claim victory after three rounds. It was a close, somewhat perplexing decision, after Xie put the pressure on Kingad for the entire three rounds.
While both men showed their best offense, it was Kingad who exhibited more poise and control. In the end, Kingad did just enough to capture the judges scorecards for the unanimous decision verdict.
Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada dominated opponent Ivanildo “Monstrinho” Delfino of Brazil over three rounds to bag an impressive victory in front of Manila’s passionate martial arts fans.
Wada was aggressive from start to finish, pouncing on every opening while keeping Delfino on the back foot.
As Delfino looked to take matters to the ground, Wada showcased impeccable defense, impressing judges with his relentlessness. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Wada to win by unanimous decision.
Juniku falls short
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai bout, atomweights Alma Juniku of Australia and Anne Line Hogstad of Norway delighted the Mall of Asia Arena with an exciting battle between top female striking talents.
While Juniku pushed the pace early, Hogstad was right there to meet her at the center of the ONE cage. In the third round, Hogstad pounded Juniku with elbows and kicks, and ended the match with more activity. In the end, Hogstad managed to emerge with a majority decision.
Official results ONE: Fire & Fury
Joshua Pacio def. Alex Silva
Pieter Buist def. Eduard Folayang
Danny Kingad def. Xie Wei
Muay Thai Flyweight
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy def. Momotaro
Shoko Sato def. Kwon Won Il
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:05 of R1
Tatsumitsu Wada def. Ivanildo Delfino
Muay Thai Atomweight
Anne Line Hogstad def. Alma Juniku
Lito Adiwang def. Pongsiri Mitsatit
Submission (kimura) at 3:02 of R1
Gina Iniong def. Asha Roka
Muay Thai Bantamweight
Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym def. Chris Shaw
Jomary Torres vs Jenny Huang
No Contest (accidental strikes)