ALL five Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, including former female world boxing champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton won in One Fighting Championship’s Rise of Heroes on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Julaton, 33, a former World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion made a remarkable MMA debut by knocking out Egyptian kickboxing champ Aya Saeid Saber through massive strikes with 4:01 left in the third round.
“It was tough. My opponent tried to choke and take me down but I worked on my reversal that’s why I was able to deny her [a chance at victory],” said Julaton, who proved to be far stronger than Saber during the three rounds. “My ground game looks very great although I still need to improve it,” Julaton added.
Julaton, who has 6’11 National Basketball Association veteran Ronnie Turiaf at her corner was initially caught by Saber with a rear-naked choke but was able to escape the Egyptian.
She mounted Saber in the middle of third round and thumped her via ground-and-pound. Julaton’s compatriots also scored victories against their respective foes.
Eduard Folayang beat former lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku of Japan through unanimous decision bringing him closer to his goal of challenging the formidable Japanese lightweight Shinya Aoki.
“I really devoted all my time to wrestling,” said Folayang, who caught Boku with an armbar in the first round but the latter was saved by the bell.
Folayang’s fellow Team Lakay fighter Rey Docyogen also scored a unanimous-decision win over flyweight Josh Alvarez of Guam.
The other Filipina bet Jujeath Nagaowa scored a second round technical knockout win over India’s Jeet Toshi.
Banking on his kickboxing prowess, Eugene Toquero followed Nagaowa in the win column by scoring a unanimous decision win against Malaysian fighter Gianni Subba.
In the main event, Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes retained the bantamaweight belt after whipping challenger Masakatsu Ueda of Japan in a bout that went the distance.
In the other matches, featherweight Rob Lisita crushed Yusuke Kawanago of Japan via technical knockout while middleweight Leandro Ataides nipped Tatsuya Mizuno also by technical knockout.