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ONE Championship Iron Will: Bibiano Fernandes retains, Rahul Raju suffers defeat

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Bibiano Fernandes successfully retained the ONE championship Bantamweight championship at ONE: Iron Will by securing a split decision win over Martin Nguyen.

Nguyen, who was looking to become a three-division champion at the event, delivered a strong performance which was apparently not enough to get him the win.

ONE Championship Iron Will: Bibiano Fernandes retains, Rahul Raju suffers defeat - ONE championship
Fernandes retained his title (PC: ONE Championship)

After a slow start, Nguyen found success with a few low leg-kicks towards the end of first round. Bibiano was visibly rocked due to the same and shot for a takedown whenever he got the chance.

The slow pace of the fight continued in the second round as well with occasional spells of action from both fighters. The aggression level went up in the third and Bibiano was busted open in the closing minutes.

After two more rounds, the judges ruled in favour of Bibiano via a split decision.

In the co-main event of the night, Jeremy Miado secured a knockout victory when he stopped Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. With the win, Miado bounced back strongly from his last outing where he was on the receiving side of a TKO stoppage.

Rahul Raju suffers defeat

It was not a good day for Indian MMA as Rahul Raju suffered a first-round KO defeat against Shannon Wiratchai. Rahul was on the aggressive in the opening seconds but he was soon put to sleep by a vicious hook from Wiratchai. The flash KO improved Wiratchai’s record to 9-2 when Rahul is now 5-2 in his career.

Elsewhere, prior to Rahul’s fight, Gary Tonon made a dominant statement in his MMA debut when he stopped Richard Corminal in the first round via a TKO. There was a lot of hype surrounding his debut and it’s safe to say that the grappler lived up to the expectations. Alain Ngalani also got a win at the event when he edged out Ariunbold Tur-Ochir via a split decision.

Below are the results from the event

  • Bibiano Fernandes def. Martin Nguyen via split decision
  • Jeremy Miado def. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:29
  • Shannon Wiratchai def. Rahul Raju via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:21
  • Angelie Sabanal def. Rika Ishige via unanimous decision
  • Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def. Tetsuya Yamada via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:51
  • Waqar Umar def. Zhao Zhi Kang via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:21
  • Garry Tonon def. Richard Corminal via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 3:40
  • Kritsada Kongsrichai def. Robin Catalan via TKO (slam) – Round 1, 1:40
  • Alain Ngalani def. Ariunbold Tur-Ochir via split decision
  • Gilberto Galvao def. Jake Butler via TKO (knee injury) – Round 2, 0:07
  • Sunoto Peringkat def. Hisyam Samsudin via unanimous decision

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