Pinay fighters shine in One FC Warrior’s Way

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Ana Julaton (left) delivers rapid punches against Egyptian Walaa Abbas while Jujeath Nagaowa (right) dominates Tharoth Sam of Thailand via ground and pound. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Ana Julaton (left) delivers rapid punches against Egyptian Walaa Abbas while Jujeath Nagaowa (right) dominates Tharoth Sam of Thailand via ground and pound. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

FILIPINA mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton and Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa crushed their respective rivals on Friday in One Fighting Championship Warrior’s Way at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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The Filipino-American Julaton rebounded from her previous split decision loss against Malaysian Ann Osman in August in Dubai by defeating Egyptian Walaa Abbas (2-2 record) via unanimous decision. Julaton improved her MMA record to 2-1.

“She [Abbas] is too messy and she keeps running away,” the 34-year-old Julaton told The Manila Times after her bout. “I am still learning. as an MMA fighter, I am still trying to put everything together. I like to be a cohesive fighter. I have to focus more on the ground game aside from my boxing.”

Julaton also challenged Osman to a rematch. “I would love that rematch and I know the Philippines and the entire Asia would love to see that. I would think it would be a more mature fight.”

Unbeaten Filipina boxer Nagaowa thumped Tharoth Sam of Thailand (2-1) via technical knockout at 3:34 minutes in round two using her superior striking techniques. She improved her MMA fight record to 2-0. Nagaowa, 27, defeated Jeet Toshi in the May edition of One FC.

“She fought pretty well but I couldn’t afford to lose in front of many Filipinos. I would like to thank my trainers for this win,” said Nagaowa, a former boxer from Baguio City.

Filipino-American Brandon “The Truth” Vera, an MMA veteran, had a memorable debut in One FC. Heavyweight Vera, 37, who left the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in July for One FC, delivered a powerful knockout punch to the jaws of Ukrainian Igor Subora to pull-off a first round knockout win to the delight of his Filipino fans.

“I really like my entrance music,” Vera told reporters during post-fight interview, referring to the song “I’m coming home” popularized by singer Skylar Grey. “It was really nice to fight in front of your countrymen. I felt really good especially when Igor gave me a good fight.”

Igor, the reigning Universal Reality Combat Championship heavyweight champion tried to dominate Vera in stand up fighting after failing in several takedown attempts. But Vera’s punch blasted through an opening ending the fight at 3:54 of the opening round.

Igor’s fight record dropped to 5-2.

Vera, who held a 12-7 win-loss record in UFC, now has a 1-0 record in One FC. Vera showed the crowd his vastly improved wrestling prowess.

“My goal is to win a title here. I really want that heavyweight title,” he said.

Filipino bantamweight Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon also won against Japanese slugger Koetsu Okazaki via unanimous decision improving his win-loss record to 13-4.

“He doesn’t like to fight after I knocked him down twice that’s why he keeps running,” said Belingon, 27. “I’m very much willing to take any title fight opportunity next year if they give me.”

However, Belingon’s compatriots Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, Honorio “The Rock” Banario and 2006 Asian Games sanshou gold medalist Rene Catalan all suffered defeats.

Folayang was knocked out by a flying knee strike by Russian Timofey Nastyukhin at 3:11 minutes of the first round. Brazilian featherweight jiu-jitsu expert Herbert Burns beat Banario via rear naked choke with 3:59 left in the first round. Flyweight Catalan was knocked out by Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand at 2:30 minutes of the first round.

In the main event, Brazilian Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes defended his One FC bantamweight belt after beating Korean challenger Dae Hwan Kim (10-1-1) via rear naked choke with 1:16 left in the second round. Fernandes improved his record to 17-3.

In the light heavyweight matches, Roger Gracie defeated James McSweeney by technical knockout at 3:15 minutes of the third round while Jake Butler won over Sylvain Potard by unanimous decision.

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