ONE FC 16: Askren wins as expected, Ng controversial loss

ONE FC 16 Ben Askren vs Bakhtiyar Abbasov

Former Bellator champ Ben Askren victorious in ONE FC debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov

Bakhtiyar Abbasov trapped himself in Ben Askren‘s spider web after getting the double leg and slamming the undefeated wrestler down hard right at the start of the bout. He got a deep chokehold attempt but as soon as Askren got out and reversed position, there’s just no escaping the inevitable onslaught by the world class fighter. While delivering strikes, Askren kept moving around on top position trying to find the finish, which he eventually did, an arm-triangle which forced the Sambo champion to tap out. With this successful debut, as many would expect, Askren called out Nobutatsu Suzuki to “hand him” the ONE FC Welterweight World Championship title. What a fight that would be and I just can’t wait.

Eddie Ng dropped by Vincent Latoel but not out, premature stoppage by referee Yuji Shimada again?

Home crowd favourite Eddie Ng was controversially given his first ONE FC loss by referee Yuji Shimada, who waved off the fight as soon as Ng was dropped by Vincent Latoel‘s combination of punches and did not seem to be knocked out. Ng went into the fight with a game plan of taking his opponent down to the ground but Latoel showed great balance and defense in all of Ng’s attempts. Ng was getting predictable going forward, allowing Latoel perfectly time a hard accurate hook to his chin, which got him wobbly, followed by a few more hook punches to the face that got Ng down. Ng seemed to have recovered before his body even fell to ground completely but Shimada signaled the fight off while Ng was getting back up. Now that’s an obvious premature stoppage, wasn’t it?

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In the ONE FC 14 bout between Arnaud Lepont and Kotetsu Boku, Shimada stopped the fight almost as soon as Lepont went down in agony while Boku seemingly delivering illegal followups to the back of Lepont’s head. Then in the previous event‘s bout between Rob Lisita and Yusuke Kawanago, he didn’t stop the fight until after Lisita punched the head of the downed Kawawago multiple times for seconds. And now this stoppage, which I thought Shimada may have gotten it wrong as well. The commentators tried to cushion the outcome with their words (guess they don’t have the freedom that Joe Rogan has in the UFC) and Ng showed great sportsmanship saying all the right things as usual, that the referee is there to ensure the safety of the fighters and all, but a wrong call is a wrong call. He knows it, the fans know it.

Major Overall’s back with a brutal soccer kick in his arsenal, Mongolian Jadambaa Naratungalag surprises former featherweight champion Honorio Banario 

Major Overall is back to the winners bracket after knocking out BJJ champion and the previously undefeated Bruno Pucci with a brutal soccer kick. This was perhaps my favourite fight of the night. Classic striker versus grappler matchup. At the beginning of the bout, Overall caught Pucci’s kick and pulls for a punch but ended up in Pucci’s territory. Overall had to give up his back but he survived the pounding and choke advances by reversing and getting Pucci into his guard. Overall did the smart thing by standing back up after Pucci effortlessly attempted a triangle choke from bottom. Not long after that, Overall delivered a 3-4 hook punches which dropped Pucci. He jumped right in immediately and kicked Pucci’s head with power, which of course, put Pucci out cold.

The biggest upset of the night to me was the former ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario‘s clear decision loss to Jadambaa Naratungalag, a MONGOLIAN! Wow, I wasn’t expecting a Mongolian could perform so well against such an experienced and celebrated fighter like Banario. The Filipino probably won the first round but he slowed down in the second round and from then on, he resorted to attempt takedowns, something which we don’t see often from him, but Jadambaa was able to reverse those takedowns and his confidence grew with every strike he connected. Banario had no answer against the bigger opponent.

1 win 1 loss for Malaysia

Nik Harris is on a rise after getting his revenge on American fighter Brad Robinson, whom he lost to back in 2012. It was by split decision, I can’t say much since I didn’t get to watch the fight (why aren’t ONE FC showing preliminary fights for free anymore?). Raymond Tan was actually dominating in the first round before he lost pace and ended up getting mounted by his Singaporean opponent Radeem Rahman and ended up losing via TKO. I was screaming “turn! just turn!” in my mind when he was getting the ground and pound but strangely, he just laid there, leaving the referee with no choice but to stop the contest.

Missed weight, low blows and Jason Chambers complains with an S-bomb on live TV broadcast

Two years ago, the fights were slower and the heavyweight fighters were fat, but the quality of the fights has been improving quite significantly this year. 5 first round finishes out 9 bouts on this night, wow! Entertaining stuff. However, the promotion seems to have a consistent problem in keeping their plans on the card. The fight between Thanh Vu and Ji Xian was cancelled after the latter had failed to cut his weight down to the bantamweight class limit hence making the event one fight short of 10 in total once again.

The promising heavyweight bout between former basketball player Chi Lewis Parry and muay thai/kickboxing champ Alain Ngalani were declared no contest after Parry accidentally kneed his opponent in the nuts so hard that Ngalani couldn’t even try to get back to his feet in the 5 minutes of recovery time given. If my memory serves me right, has there been a ONE FC event without a painful hard low blow? They’re all accidental, I know, but I think they’ve gotta find a way to reduce them.

The commentator who was desperate for Twitter followers, Jason Chambers, made a huge error on live broadcast at the end of the program when he responded to his colleague, Steve Dawson’s question with “I don’t know what we’re doing right now, nobody told me shit,” seemingly complaining about his job with his mic up without realising that they’re on air until Dawson told him so. Now that was awkward, but it sure was hilarious to me.

ONE FC 16: Honor & Glory – Official Full Results

Main Card

Welterweight: Ben Askren def. Bakhtiyar Abbasov | Submission (Arm Triangle) | R1 4:21
Lightweight: Vincent Latoel def. Eddie Ng | KO (punches) | R1 3:16
Lightweight: Caros Fodor def. Willy Ni | Submission (Kimura) | R1 3:29
Featherweight: Major Overall def. Bruno Pucci | KO (soccer kick) | R1 2:52 minutes
Heavyweight:  Chi Lewis Parry – Alain Ngalani declared No Contest
Bantamweight: Radeem Rahman def. Raymond Tan | TKO (Strikes) | R2 2:14

Preliminary Card

Catchweight: Nik Harris def. Brad Robinson | Split Decision | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: Casey Suire def. Stephen Langdown | Submission (Rear Naked Choke) | R1 3:41

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