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    The main event for ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS was set to deliver fireworks and, judging by the crowd reaction at Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara, it surely didn’t disappoint. 

    It was a back-and-forth Tasmanian affair, but in the end, Malaysian-bred, New Zealand-based lightweight Ev Ting edged out Australia’s “Ruthless” Rob Lisita via unanimous decision.

    From the opening bell, it was nonstop action. Lisita and Ting quickly engaged in a stand-up war, with the hometown hero doing the most damage on the former SFC South Pacific Featherweight Champion. But Lisita, who vowed to showcase his revamped wrestling game courtesy of Australian Top Team, stayed true to his word by mixing powerful strikes with excellent grappling, clever takedowns, and intense ground and pound of impressive variety.

    Though the Aussie mixed martial artist may have performed a little better in the first stanza, Ting stepped it up in the second round. The Auckland MMA product’s leg kicks and boxing grew much crisper,

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  • In a tremendous show of pure heart and determination, top lightweight contender Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai of Bangkok, Thailand went shot for shot with Malaysia’s Peter Davis in a highly entertaining contest.

    The two fighters gave everything they had and blasted each other with powerful shots every minute of the bout while it lasted, much to the delight of the packed Stadium Negara crowd.

    In the first round, Wiratchai showcased unbelievable calm and composure as Davis unleashed lightning-quick high head kicks, keeping Wiratchai tactically glued to the fence at all times.

    Wiratchai however, is among the most dynamic offensive fighters in ONE Championship regardless of weight class, and he brought his wide array of techniques right to Davis, repeatedly testing the Malaysian’s chin.

    A huge right hand towards the end of the round landed for Wiratchai, which dropped Davis, and a follow-up flurry nearly finished the fight if it weren’t for the saving grace of the bell signalling the end of the

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    April Osenio scored the biggest win of her MMA career, stunning Malaysian Ann Osman in one of the main fights of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS from the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    After a brief period where Osenio showed off her world-class wushu skills standing, it was Osman who got the first takedown off a second attempt. 

    However, “Athena” was unable to really dominate her opponents like she has in her previous ONE fights. Osenio almost locked in a deep armbar off that takedown before reversing and displaying her strong ground kills.

    As the two strawweight competitors spent much of the round reversing position and trading blows and submission attempts, it was Osenio who got the jump on a guillotine choke. 

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    As she adjusted and tightened the grip, there was nothing that Osman could do but tap and end the fight in the first round. It was a heartbreaking loss for Osman, who has dropped two straight bouts fighting in front of her home fans. 

    Osenio improved to 2-1 with the win,

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  • Gilberto “Giba” Galvao made his ONE Championship debut on Friday, 2 September, at the jam-packed Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Despite a few accidental groin shots and the threat of an early stoppage, he powered his way to a unanimous decision over Tatsuya Mizuno.

    The Brazilian juggernaut didn’t waste any time as he ran forward with a few sharp punches and immediately clinched his Japanese opponent. Mizuno, a judo black belt, tried avoiding the takedown but Galvao, a former Aspera FC Middleweight Champion, didn’t quit. 

    He returned to his earlier strategy of employing his strikes as a distraction to set up the takedown. The newcomer even tried securing a rear naked choke, though he could only get his right hook in.

    Mizuno shook him off, and the two would engage in a counter-grappling contest, which eventually saw Giba take the back and fling knees to his opponent’s legs. The Japanese middleweight was able to separate and the two engaged in a seesaw stand-up war that got a

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  • Malaysian flyweight sensation Gianni Subba (8-2) overcame a spirited performance from enigmatic counterpuncher Yago Bryan (3-2) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to stand victorious after an entertaining bout.

    The pair locked horns in a three-round flyweight contest in the main card of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS which took place Friday, 2 September at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    The 23 year-old Subba employed a tactical gameplan, working with his long reach to keep Bryan at the end of his kicks all fight long.

    In the first round, it was immediately evident that Bryan’s only chance to do damage would be if he was able to bridge the gap between he and Subba. Subba however, masterfully delivered a multitude of high head kicks to keep the Brazilian at bay.

    In the second round, one of Subba’s head kicks landed on Bryan’s temple, which sent the Brazilian reeling to the cage fence. No matter what Bryan tried to do, he just couldn’t find a way past Subba’s reach.

    The biggest weapon for Bryan seemed

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  • Agilan “The Alligator” Thani gave his hometown something to cheer about. On Friday Night, 2 September in front of a packed house at Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara, the former MIMMA Welterweight Champion submitted battle-tested veteran, Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan, via rear naked choke at the 2:24 mark of the first round.

    Thani was absolutely relentless in his attack. Then again, that’s a distinct characteristic of every “Alligator”.

    After taking a brief moment to establish range, Thani displayed his improved striking and grappling skills in a flash. The 21-year-old Monarchy MMA product, who has been cross-training at Team Quest in the US and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, delivered a few punches on his way to a body lock.

    Tan knew he was going for the takedown. Though the Vietnam-based Filipino adjusted his body and maintained impeccable balance, Thani eventually tossed him to the ground. From there, the unbeaten Malaysian sensation passed into half guard, and then full mount before

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  • Malaysia’s Keanu Subba via Bali, Indonesia, returned to his winning ways with a spectacular victory over Pakistan’s Waqar Umar. The two did battle in a featherweight bout at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, which took place Friday, 2 September at the Stadium Negara in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

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    Subba, who in his previous outing lost a close decision to China’s Li Kai Wen, turned around quickly in accepting the Umar bout, relishing the opportunity to compete in front of his hometown crowd.

    The 22-year-old showcased his well-known striking chops, bringing the fight to Umar who looked to take the action to the ground.

    Umar, a grappling specialist whose victories have all come by submission, proved to be quite tricky on the mat. After he caught a missed kick by Subba, Umar used the momentum to get the Malaysian prospect on the ground.

    With side control, Umar did his best to pounce on his opponent but had difficulty doing so and in turn, gave up the sweep to Subba.

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    In top control, Subba delivered his

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    This was supposed to be the start of Bruno Pucci’s (4-2) big comeback streak, as the Evolve MMA product and two-time BJJ No-Gi World Champion had finally put a series of nagging back problems behind him.

    China’s Nuerdebieke Bahetihan (3-1), however, had other ideas in their featherweight clash at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS.

    Once the opening bell rang, Pucci came out strong with a one-two combination that had Bahetihan backing up towards the cage.

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    However, Pucci inexplicably hesitated for a moment with his guard low. That’s when Bahetihan uncorked a devastating right hook to knock Pucci out cold. A hammerfist on the ground soon followed to punctuate the stoppage, with referee Olivier Coste diving in to save Pucci from further damage.

    The finish came at 0:08 of the very first round, making it the second-fastest KO in ONE history. The existing record is jointly held by Mario Satya Wirawan and Timofey Nastyukhin at 0:06.

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  • Taiwan’s Jenny Huang kept her undefeated streak intact at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS when she defeated Indian mixed martial artist Jeet Toshi at 3:21 of the first round via arm triangle.

    Simply put, this was a superstar performance. That was evident from the minute Huang walked down to the cage.

    The Taiwanese atomweight entered Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, dressed as Chun-Li from Capcom’s Street Fighter series of games, which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

    Once the bell rang, however, everything became a little more serious.

    Toshi, a seven-time kickboxing champion, maintained the offensive early with a few of her patented strikes. Huang, a Judo black belt and BJJ blue belt, would soon rush her towards the cage fence with a few strikes over her own, but the Dehli, India, resident successfully counterpunched and circled away.

    Huang, however, wouldn’t be denied the takedown for long.

    She eventually manoeuvred Toshi against the cage and dumped her to the mat. After a couple of

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  • In the second preliminary bout of the night at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, two Malaysian warriors debuting for ONE Championship fought it out for bragging rights in the featherweight division.

    Both were not unheralded though, with Muhammad “The Big Cat” Aiman being an amateur Malaysian Invasion MMA Featherweight Champion, and Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsuddin recently claiming a professional Asian boxing title.

    Once the bell rang, their eagerness to prove themselves showed, as they immediately rushed to the centre of the cage. It was Aiman who put on the pressure early, pushing Hisyam to the cage with powerful combinations and kicks, while Hisyam seemed content to sit back and counter.

    Aiman visibly had the advantage in the striking department, landing elbows and a straight right hand to mark his Kota Kinabalu-based opponent up. That prompted Hisyam to shoot for a takedown, which he eventually landed. However, “The Big Cat” used the momentum to his benefit, transitioning to a rear naked choke

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