ONE FC 19: Reign of Champions is the debut of ONE FC in Dubai, UAE—holding an event in their 6th different country in the promotion’s short history. The 9-fight card held, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is the biggest in ONE FC’s history, featuring three title fights—involving two of the promotion’s biggest stars.
The main event featured the first lightweight title defense by champion, Shinya Aoki (36-6, 1 NC) against former WEC and UFC veteran, Kamal Shalorus (9-4-2).
The grappling ace, Aoki did what he did best, and submitted Kamal Shalorus in just over two minutes into the fight. The 23 submission victory in the Japanese fighter’s career allowed him to successfully defend his ONE FC lightweight title. Aoki became the only champion to hold onto his belt on this night.
Aoki revealed post-fight that he will be staying at lightweight, to allow Evolve MMA teammate Herbert Burns to go for the ONE FC featherweight title.
In the co-main event, the undefeated Ben Askren (14-0) captured the welterweight title defeating the champion, Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-2-2) in just one minute and 24 seconds. Absolutely destroying the now, former champion and giving him zero offense in the bout.
“Funky” Ben Askren also sent a message to the rest of the welterweights in ONE FC: “These other welterweights want it, they can come and get it. It’s not going to be an easy night for them, probably a tough night, go home with some marks on their face.”
The third title bout on the ONE FC 19 card featured Koji Oishi (25-10-10) making the second defense of his ONE FC featherweight title against Mongolia’s top fighter, Jadamba Narantunga (10-3).
The Mongolian would stun the Japanese fighter, overwhelmingly dominate the title fight over five rounds with his aggressive standup and physically imposing his will. Jadamba Narantunga defeated Koji Oishi by unanimous decision to become the NEW ONE FC Featherweight champion.
Roger Huerta (22-7-1) also made his anticipated return following a more than two year hiatus from MMA, competing in his second bout for ONE FC, opposite the undefeated Christian Holley (10-1). Huerta would announce his ‘Roger Huerta 2.0′ arrival with a first round TKO over Holley and earning his first victory since 2010.
Landing effective knees from side control to both the head and the body of Holley, Huerta’s pressure became too much for a defenseless Holley. Softened by the knees, Huerta eventually mounted and finished off Holley with ground and pound in the first round.
Coming off a successful first round knockout in his ONE FC back in May over Chris Lokteff, James McSweeney (14-11) took on Cristiano Kaminishi (8-2), who has been out of MMA since 2010, but making his return on the card.
It would be a short lived return for Kaminishi, as McSweeney methodically landed a glancing left uppercut, followed by a straight right hand that dropped Kaminishi. McSweeney followed up with a soccer kick on a downed Cristiano, and the referee intervened to end the bout.
“I believe I can be the champion at light heavyweight and heavyweight,” McSweeney said post-fight, improving to 2-0 in ONE FC.
World No-Gi champion, Herbert Burns (3-0), made it three straight victories in ONE FC, remaining undefeated with a victory over Shooto veteran, Hiroshige Tanaka (10-2) and snapping his 7-fight win streak.
Burns struggled early on to get the Japanese wrestler to the mat, but with 90 seconds to go in the first round, Burns got a body clinch and landed a trip takedown to drag the fight to the canvas. The BJJ champion immediately looked to transition to the back and go for a rear naked, which was defended and Tanaka survived to end the round.
The Evolve MMA featherweight Burns dropped Tanaka early in round 2 with a short right hand and got the fight to the mat late once again in the round—this time with a double leg takedown, and mounting Tanaka against the fence. Upon separation, Burns landed a knee to the head of Tanaka, but it did not seem to faze him.
Tanaka mounted the most offense in the fight in the 3rd round, opening up his strikes and tagging Burns with his hands. With Burns cornered against the fence, Tanaka unleashed a huge flurry of right and left hooks, Burns covering up desperately attempted and landed a takedown. Burns remained on top to end the fight, landing several knees to the head.
The judges’s decision was awarded to Herbert Burns via unanimous decision.
On the final prelim, Dubai’s own Mohamad Walid (4-0) remained undefeated, winning his ONE FC debut in a ctachweight bout (168 lbs) over Vaughn Donayre (7-2). Walid threw an over hand right to set up the double leg takedown, quickly transitioning into mount, Walid wasted no time in applying the armbar for the tap in the first round.
A matchup of experienced muay thai strikers saw Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (2-0) take the fight to the ground in the first, and mount Ali Yaakub (0-1) before submitting him with a rear naked choke for his 2nd career victory.
In the card’s opener, Ann Osman (1-1) defeated world champion boxer, Ana Julaton (1-1) by split decision to earn her first career pro MMA victory.
Full ONE FC 19 Results:
Main Card (11 AM EST, onefc.livesport.tv)
- Lightweight title: Shinya Aoki def. Kamal Shalorus via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 2:15
- Welterweight title: Ben Askren def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO (punches)–Round 1, 1:24
- Featherweight title: Jadamba Narantungalag def. Koji Oishi via Unanimous Decision
- Roger Huerta def. Christian Holley via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 3:13
- James McSweeney def. Cristiano Kaminishi via Knockout (punch and soccer kick)–Round 1, 1:17
- Herbert Burns def. Hiroshige Tanaka via Unanimous Decision
Preliminary Card (10 AM EST, onefc.livesport.tv)
- 168 lb catchweight bout: Mohamad Walid def. Vaughn Donayre via Submission (armbar)–Round 1, 1:05
- Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Ali Yaakub via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 2:34
- Ann Osman def. Ana Julaton via Split Decision