ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) closed the book on its eighth event earlier today (Friday, April 5, 2013), and it was a fun morning for American fight fans who were able to wake up at this ungodly dawn hour. Europeans had it nice and easy for once as they enjoyed a lovely afternoon of second round victories everywhere as fighters from across the world converged in Singapore.
If you missed today's ONE FC event, check out the live results and play-by-play right here at Mania for my lovely, vivid descriptions of the sporting violence called mixed martial arts (MMA).
Let's get the big ones out of the way first.
If Shinya Aoki is able to take you off your feet, you are almost certainly going to lose the fight. Kotetsu Boku is a hard man to submit, as the first round of the fight attested to, but Aoki is not your average grappler and "hard" to him simply means "it just takes more time." The octopus finally got in a rear naked choke two minutes into the second round and made the scrappy bearded one tap after surviving a full seven minutes of attempts.
The only downside to this from an organizational standpoint is that both Boku and Aoki have stated that they plan to drop to 145 pounds, so it remains to be seen if Aoki vacates his recently-won belt, or if ONE FC will manage to persuade him (financially speaking) to stay put.
In the Bantamweight grand prix, the finals are set, as Kevin Belingon blasted out Thanh Vu in one semifinal with a series of lefts that had the Viet/Aussie staggered and the ref jumping in to save him. The other half of the bracket showcased the dominant wrestling and submission game of Masakatsu Ueda.
Ueda was outpacing Jens Pulver in both rounds on the ground and turned out the lights of the aging American with a d'arce choke, also in the second round.
Every time Melvin Manhoef fights, people sincerely hope for another addition to the highlight reel, but the only thing that people will really remember from this is that Melvin's ground game still isn't there and Brock Larson broke land speed records running away from a flurry.
Larson dominated the later rounds with takedowns, submission attempts and ground-and-pound that earned him a unanimous decision victory.
Elsewhere on the card, Eddie Ng took out showboating Frenchman Arnaud Lepont with a wrenching armbar that had the mohawk'd veteran screaming in pain and tapping with the quickness of a thousand French surrenders. If you're looking for another name to watch for, Jake Butler looked like a specimen to behold in his mismatch against Swain Cangco.
The wrestling standout easily dominated his shorter opponent, and he has the size and background to do well - especially if he keeps fighting in Asia.