One FC: War of the Lions went down in Singapore on Saturday with rising star Zorobabel Moreira capping off the night with a submission victory, while former Pride and Strikeforce fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri continued his featherweight dominance.
A rising star in the Asian fight scene, Zorobabel Moreira continued to show his evolution as a fighter as he put away Felipe Enomoto in the main event of One FC: War of the Lions
A winner of three fights in a row coming into the night, Moreira has been training with the team at Evolve MMA, which includes several top fighters including Dream world champion Shinya Aoki. Moreira is no slouch on the ground as well, earning several international titles in jiu-jitsu as well.
In the early going however, Moreira looked content to stand and trade with Enomoto and use his reach advantage, landing good jabs and a couple of stiff front kicks. In the third round however, after Moreira established his jab a bit more, he decided to take Enomoto into his world, and it wasn’t a world he was going to enjoy.
Once on the ground, Moreira went for and then locked on a nasty straight armbar, extending Enomoto’s joint similar to what Ronda Rousey did in her recent win over Miesha Tate. The big difference here was once the arm was fully extended and Enomoto had no place to go, he tapped out, giving Zorobabel Moreira the win.
Moreira has to be seen as a legitimate prospect in the lightweight division with several impressive performances in a row, and could be one of the top stars in One FC in 2012.
Tatsuya Kawajiri made quick work of King of the Cage champion Donald Sanchez with a triangle choke in the co-main event at One FC: War of the Lions.
Kawajiri has stated that he believes featherweight is the place where he will show his true dominance, and he continued that path of destruction on Saturday in Singapore.
Snagging a quick takedown to open the fight as Kawajiri was looking to pass Sanchez’s guard, the fighter out of FIT NHB in New Mexico reversed positions, but missed his opponent’s legs transitioning for a submission.
Kawajiri locked up a triangle choke immediately, showed the patience to make sure it was locked up right, and within a few moments Sanchez was tapping out. A winner of four fights in a row now, Kawajiri will have to look for new competition, most likely brought in from outside of Asia, if he wants to continue his climb up the featherweight rankings.
Ole Laursen and Eduard Folayang engaged in what had to be the fight of the night at One FC’s latest offering.
The two experienced veterans battled back and forth with Laursen landing the bigger shots throughout the fight, although Folayang likely landed more shots and glancing blows in the 15-minute war.
Laursen, who was bouncing back from a loss to Felipe Enomoto at the last One FC event, showed great resolve in not backing away from his game plan and tagging Folayang with several big shots. Folayang never showed weakness though and came back with some powerful strikes of his own.
In the end, the judges gave the nod to Laursen via split decision in a bout that will likely be worthy of a rematch should One FC officials see fit in 2012.
Melvin Manhoef’s One FC debut came to an end with a resounding thud after the blitzing, powerful striker suffered a nasty gash on his shin that caused his fight with Yoshiyuki Nakanishi. The cut opened during the battle in the fight was a huge open wound, and doctors and officials had no choice but to stop the fight after Manhoef’s injury.
Overall, One FC: War of the Lions proved to be yet another successful endeavor for the fledgling promotion in Asia. A well produced show for only their third production, and One FC seems to be the organization on the rise to take the lead seat in Asian MMA.
Full Results from One FC: War of the Lions
Zorobabel Moreira def. Felipe Enomoto by submission (armbar) R1
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Donald Sanchez by submission (triangle choke) R1
Ole Laursen vs. Eduard Folayang by split decision
Fabricio Monteiro def. Yuya Shirai by unanimous decision
Melvin Manhoef vs. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi – No contest after Manhoef suffered cut on his shin
Eddie Ng def. Jian Kai Chee by TKO (strikes) R1
Masakazu Imanari def. Kevin Belingon by submission (heel hook) R1
Nicole Chua def. Jeet Toshi by submission (rear naked choke) R1
Quek Kim Hock def. Major Overall by submission (rear naked choke) R2
Long Yun Jiang def. Yodsanan Sityodtong by submission (rear naked choke) R1
Danny van Bergen def. Richie Whitson by submission (armbar) R1