As quick as you could said Manila, Japan’s Koji Oishi took the ONE FC featherweight title from Honorio “The Rock” Banario (8-1) of the Philippines on Friday.
Oishi (24-9-10) used his overall veteran experience to defeat Banario (8-2) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. ONE FC 9 was called “Rise to Power” and saw yet another world championship change hands.
It took Oishi less than two rounds to land a left hook that stunned Banario and allowed the Japanese challenger to mount an all-out assault to finish the job. The fight was a surprise to the Filipino fans, but the new champion was cheered for his effort.
In the semi-main event Brazil’s Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) captured the ONE FC interim bantamweight by decision over Japan’s Koetsu Okazaki (8-3-1). Fernandes was able to control the fight on the ground with his superior grappling techniques and never allowed the Japanese fighter to gain an advantage.
In another Japan versus Philippines matchup, Masakatsu Ueda (18-2) banged it out with Kevin Belingon (11-3) in a bantamweight skirmish for three rounds of nonstop action. It was the final of the Grand Prix tournament that began with eight fighters earlier in the year. Ueda won by unanimous decision in the Fight of the Night.
In a battle between American heavyweights it was Tony Johnson (7-1) emerging victorious by technical knockout over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (31-9) in the very first round. The fight was stopped due to cuts at 3:25 of round one. Johnson is a former King of the Cage champion.
Lowen Tynanes (5-0) the King of the Cage middleweight champion stopped Japan’s Felipe Enomoto (6-6) at 2:41 of the first round to win by technical knockout.
For more results or to view the fights you can go to www.ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV for a price of $9.99.
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