ONE FC 15: Rise of Heroes was hosted in Manila, Philippines, headlined by a title fight between bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes and tournament champ, Masakatsu Ueda. Both men are very similar fighters, but coming into this fight, most felt that Bibiano is slightly better in all areas, and is by far the much better athlete. As the fight went on, it became more apparent, as Fernandes simply edged him everywhere.
Once again, Bibiano defended his title with a clear cut win, but the only knock on his performance would be that once again, a finish wasn't in sight. It was his fourth ONE FC bout and none of those wins came by stoppage. That gives room for criticism, but nevertheless, he has been dominant and he continues to make his case as one of the best bantamweights outside the UFC.
Following the fight, Fernandes mentioned a possible injury that he may have suffered to his leg. He also stated that since it was a 25-minute fight, he had to take his time and remain patient although out.
Although undersized at flyweight, Rey Docyogen impressed throughout his bout against Josh Alvarez. Unlike his last contested loss against Yasuhiro Urushitani, Docyogen got the nod this time as he cruised to a comfortable win where he showcased improved wrestling and ground and pound.
In a night that opened with a bunch of fast and brutal KOs, Rob Lisita stood out as he was able to stop Yusuke Kawanago and get revenge against the Japanese fighter during their earlier Legend FC title. James McSweeney also impressed on his ONE FC debut as he landed a huge knee that knocked out Chris Lokteff. The UFC vet has now won 7 of his last 9 bouts. Watch both brutal stoppages below:
Evolve MMA's Leandro Ataides improved to 2-0 in ONE FC and 7-0 overall, once again displaying his athleticism and power as he quickly knocked out Tatsuya Mizuno.
As part of the main card, Female boxing champ Ana Julaton stepped in the MMA cage for the first time as she took the first step in being a two-sport athlete. The two-time world champ had a fast track to success in boxing, but MMA is a completely different sport and Julaton wasn't exactly able to replicate this success during her debut. After getting dominated for two and a half rounds against Aya Saeid Saber, the Filipina was able to take advantage of a botched judo throw and ended up on mount. She landed some ground and pound and ended up with a TKO win, but it was clear that Julaton has a lot of work to do before she can win against decent competition in MMA.
It is also interesting to note that all 5 Filipinos won their respective bouts on the card, while all 4 Japanese fighters dropped their bouts.
Gifs are all courtesy of Zombie Prophet, and full results are below:
ONE FC 15: Rise of Heroes Results
Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakatsu Ueda
Eduard Folayang def. Kotetsu Boku
Rey Docyogen def. Josh Alvarez by Decision (Unanimous)
Rob Lisita def. Yusuke Kawanago by KO (Punches), R1
James McSweeney def. Chris Lokteff by KO (Knee), R1
Leandro Ataides vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Ana Julaton def. Aya Saeid Saber
Eugene Toquero Gianni Subba
Jujeath Nagaowa Jeet Toshi
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