Suzuki emerges inaugural ONE FC welterweight champ

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Nobutatsu Suzuki (right) delivers a front kick on Brock Larson’s midsection. photo courtesy of ONE FC

Nobutatsu Suzuki (right) delivers a front kick on Brock Larson’s midsection. photo courtesy of ONE FC

Nobutatsu Suzuki emerged as the inaugural ONE Fighting Championship welterweight world champion after beating Brock Larson in One FC: War of nations in front of a the sold-out crowd in attendance at the iconic Stadium Negara.

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Larson quickly asserted his wrestling prowess by taking Suzuki down and landing several elbows in the first round. Suzuki enjoyed success with his accurate knees in the second round that had Larson scrambling for a takedown. The third round was fairly tentative, with Suzuki attempting several knee strikes while Larson tried in vain to get a takedown. Suzuki continued landing strikes to Larson’s midsection in the fourth and fifth rounds, prompting Larson to tempt Suzuki to compete with him on the ground. A disinterested Suzuki allowed Larson to stand back up on numerous occasions, only to continue dishing out significant strikes to Larson’s midsection. The judges awarded Suzuki the unanimous decision victory.

The co-main event of the night featured a clash of highly touted bantamweights.

Korean Dae Hwan Kim continued his meteoric rise up the ranks by submitting Filipino Kevin Belingon in the first round. Belingon appeared to have the upper hand in early exchanges, but Kim capitalized on an ill-advised submission attempt by Belingon. Kim escaped the choke and applied a choke of his own, forcing Belingon to tap out, boosting his undefeated record to 10-0-1.

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