Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang was ablaze with mixed martial arts (MMA) action as ONE FC 6: "Rise of Kings" took center stage on the island of Singapore earlier this morning (Sat., Oct. 6, 2012).
It was another fight card packed with action, finishes and, yes -- soccer kicks!
The main event featured submission specialist Shinya Aoki, who took on the French-born Arnaud Lepont. The hype leading up to the fight was fueled by trash talk and irritating banter on the part of Lepont, who went as far as to bring a self-made book called "Beating Shinya Aoki for Dummies" into the cage with him.
Aoki was nonplussed by the antics, and it was business as usual for the nine-year veteran, who shot for the takedown, almost immediately, whereupon he wove his opponent into his web and submitted him promptly with a triangle choke.
Unfortunately for Lepont, he never got an opportunity to tap out, as it turned out he had been unconscious for several seconds before referee Yuji Shimada noticed and called a stop to the action.
The co-main event saw lightweights Kotetsu Boku and Zorobabel Moreira go toe-to-toe for the promotion's first-ever 155-pound title fight.
The first two rounds were a balanced back-and-forth, involving a steady diet of huge leg kicks from the Brazilian "Zoro," as well as occasional big, violent combos from Boku. After round two, Boku looked to be wobbled by the plethora of kicks he was unable to check, but whenever you've got one-punch knockout power, victory is never more than a big right hand away.
That's exactly what happened when, in round number three, Boku slipped a left hook, landed a straight right, then followed up with an uppercut on the button that ended the contest.
In the first-ever ONE FC bantamweight championship, Soo Chul Kim was able to mount a come-from-behind win over Leandro Issa, when the Korean phenom caught the Brazilian in mid takedown shot with a big right hand that put him to sleep.
After a first round that saw Issa using his takedowns and grappling to impose his will, the knockout came from out of nowhere, proving that Kim is ever improving in overall MMA game.
Melvin Manhoef showed off his power, once again, with a first round knockout of the unorthodox Ryo Kawamura.
"Rambo" started off the fight with an approach that was anything but textbook, using bizarre movement to try and distract "No Mercy" and take him out of his game.
It didn't work.
Manhoef remained calm, countered Kawamura's combinations, and finally he clipped him with a perfectly timed right hand as his opponent changed levels and shot low for a takedown attempt. For good measure, Manhoef added a thunderous hammerfist to his already unconscious opponent.
It's not a good idea to clown around with a man who possesses that kind power.
In round one of the ONE FC bantamweight grand prix, Jens Pulver, Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon all advanced to the next round with wins against their opponents.
Overall, the card was phenomenal, and ONE FC just keeps getting better with its quality and overall production. The stream was amazing, and there were no breaks or interruptions.
Asian MMA is here to stay!
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