Troy Worthen defeats Mark Fairtex Abeldaro via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)
Worthen quickly took command with a head kick, which sent his rival backwards to the Circle Wall. The American followed with several knees to soften “Tyson” in the clinch in an attempt to take him down to the canvas.
Abelardo got back to his feet, but the NCWA Wrestling Champion continued to pile on the pressure and tied him up against the Circle Wall.
They broke off and Abelardo let loose with the heavy artillery just moments before the bell rung to end the contest.
The contest continued on the feet as each man tried to test the other with kicks and quick jabs.
Worthen stung his rival with a blistering kick to the ribs, but Abelardo maintained his stance in the center of the Circle.
An exchange of strikes ensued, but neither bantamweight could cleanly connect. Worthen scored again with another high kick, but “Tyson” was unfazed.
“Pretty Boy” took down Abelardo after a huge single-leg takedown, but the OWS Contract winner was able to pop back to his feet.
While in the clinch, Worthen snuck a few clean hands and elbows to the face, and they reset to the center of the Circle in the closing moments of the second round.
The feeling out process dissipated quickly as Worthen opened things with a high kick and Abelardo returned with a roundhouse.
“Tyson” continued to head hunt, stringing together a few combinations that tagged his American rival.
Worthen was game to trade with his New Zealand opponent, but the power behind Abelardo’s fists had him quickly back on the defense.
"Pretty Boy" eventually launched a left head kick that dropped “Tyson” briefly, but the Fairtex representative recovered quickly.
The Evolve representative then got the single-leg takedown and finally had Abelardo’s back against the Circle Wall, but struggled to get the rear-naked choke locked up. The round ended moments after.
Abelardo told ONEFC.com that his pressure will be too much for Worthen. Do you agree with “Tyson?”
Fireworks are guaranteed when Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen and Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo clash in this bantamweight affair.
Honorio Banario defeats Shannon Wiratchai via split decision (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Each man spent the past few years competing in the lightweight division. Now, this is both athletes’ first match back in the featherweight division.
Ritu Phogat defeats Wu Chiao Chen via unanimous decision (women’s atomweight – mixed martial arts)
“Miss Red” began the round with more fervor as she circled, but Phogat scored the takedown after her overhand right barely connected.
This time, Phogat had side control and attempted to go into the mount position. “The Indian Tigress” unleashed a flurry of strikes – to the head, temple, and cheeks of her downed opponent.
The Commonwealth wrestling gold medalist peppered her Chinese Taipei rival with more blows to the ribs and elbows to the temple.
The stalemate continued until the bell sounded to signal the end of the contest. Great resilience from Wu, but it looked like Phogat had done more over all three rounds.
Phogat scored an early takedown and quickly brought the action down to the canvas. It looked like more of the same, with Phogat trying to land the ground and pound while attempting to move into side control.
“Miss Red” kept her guard tight even as Phogat continued to chip away with loose strikes to the right temple.
Phogat postured up and dropped several elbows, but “Miss Red” worked her way back to her feet shortly after.
The two women clinched up against the Circle Wall as they exchanged soft blows to the midsection. Soon, the bell sounded to end the second stanza.
Phogat went to work quickly as she tried to establish the jab with her right hand. Wu was forced to the outside and Phogat sprung in with the double-leg to score a takedown.
“The Indian Tigress” went into mount and unloaded a couple of strong right hands, but “Miss Red” recovered to get back into a close guard.
Both women continued to jostle on the ground, but Phogat stayed in top control throughout to end the first round.
For the first time ever, Phogat’s parents will be in attendance for her match-up, and she would love nothing more than to impress them with a knockout victory. Read all about it here.
“Miss Red” spoke to ONEFC.com about why she believes she is a cut above the Indian superstar.
We move to the atomweight division for the return of famed wrestling Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat. She meets “Miss Red” Wu Chiao Chen in the evening’s next contest.
Murad Ramazanov defeats Bae Myung Ho via TKO at 4:53 of round one (mixed martial arts – welterweight)
Jeff Chan defeats Radeem Rahman via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:00 of round two (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)
Chan continued to ramp things up with leg kicks to open the second round. He easily warded off Rahman’s takedown attempt and tried to utilize underhooks to pass the Singaporean's half guard.
Then the "MMAShredded" social media star took Rahman’s back, sunk in the rear-naked choke, and forced the tap after two minutes.
Chan opened the contest with a few strikes, shot in for the takedown, and had his Singaporean opponent tied up against the Circle Wall early.
The Canadian continued to control the center of the Circle, using outside leg kicks to keep Rahman at range. Rahman got a takedown, but Chan landed in top position. The Singaporean, however, held a tight guard to limited his ground and pound strikes.
Rahman remained in half guard as Chan continued to battle for position. The Canadian dropped some elbows that grazed his opponent’s temple, but he could not land a decisive hit.
Before the action begins, read how family tragedy motivated Chan to follow his martial arts dream!
ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE begins in the bantamweight division with “From MMAShredded” Jeff Chan making his promotional debut against Singaporean bantamweight Radeem Rahman!
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In tonight’s co-main event, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Rocky Ogden meet for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship! Read what striking legend John Wayne Parr, Ogden’s coach, thinks of Sam-A and learn what to expect from the Aussie in tonight’s bout.
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