Thankfully the Asian market keeps bouncing back. First it was Pride, then DREAM and Sengoku, now the next generation is truly global following One FC’s sixth show being broadcast as a pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DirecTV, and Dish. One FC 6 took place October 6th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
The main event held no real surprises as former DREAM and Pride champion quickly submitted Arnaud Lepont. Aoki got Lepont to the ground, mounted, attempted an armbar, and choked out Lepont all under a minute-and-a-half. Aoki’s reputation still hasn’t been built in the US as his two fights in the States have been losses to Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce title and Eddie Alvarez in Bellator but in Asia Aoki hasn’t been defeated in over three years. Lepont meanwhile drops to 9-2 with his six-fight win streak now broken. No word is currently available on if Aoki will now fight the new lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku for the title.
Aoki won the main event but Boku won the lightweight title in the co-main event in a come-from-behind victory over Zorobabel Moreira. Boku dropped Moreira in the first but otherwise in the first two rounds took a lot of punishment from Moreira’s kicks and punches including soccer kicks which are legal in One FC. Boku in the third round however dropped Moreira again with a counter right followed up with punches for the TKO and title.
In the other title fight Soo Chul Kim took the bantamweight title with a TKO over Leandro Issa, a rematch of their September 2011 fight which Issa won. Issa spent most of the first round on top punishing Kim but like Boku in the co-main event Kim opened the next round by counter punching Issa, dropping the Brazilian and following up with a TKO for the win.
Also on the card Melvin Manhoef picked up a first round KO over Ryo Kawamura at middleweight while Kevin Belingon, Masakatsu Ueda, and Jens Pulver all advanced in the opening round of the bantamweight grand prix.
One FC 6 “Rise of Kings” results:
Mitch Chilson def. Ngabdi Mulyadi 1:05 R2 by TKO
Gianni Subba def. Bruce Loh 0:33 R1 by KO
BW grand prix: Kevin Belingon def. Yusup Saadulaev 3:18 R1 by TKO
BW grand prix: Masakatsu Ueda def. Min Jung Song by unanimous decision
BW grand prix: Jens Pulver def. Ya Fei Zhao by unanimous technical decision
Melvin Manhoef def. Ryo Kawamura 4:40 R1 by KO
BW title: Soo Chul Kim def. Leandro Issa 0:15 R2 by TKO
LW title: Kotetsu Boku def. Zorobabel Moreira 0:31 R3 by TKO
Shinya Aoki def. Arnaud Lepont 1:25 R1 by technical submission