ONE Battle for the Heavens: Reese Mclaren grinds out a third straight win at flyweight
Guangzhou, China – It was a tale of takedowns when flyweight dynamos Reece Mclaren and Tatsumitsu Wada met in the ring for the featured MMA bout at ONE: Battle for the Heavens. Australia’s Mclaren (12-5, #54 World) is known for brick fists and he connected with a few flush punches from the pocket in the first two rounds. But the elusive Wada (19-9-2, #44 World) did a good job staying either out of range or keeping directly in Mclaren’s face in the clinch. Midway through round 1 both men decided that they favored a grappling match, and they spent most of the remainder trading takedowns. While Wada landed a handful of punches during his time on top, Mclaren was the one who mounted the most serious attacks with an extended armbar try in round 2 and a flurry of strikes from mount as the final seconds ticked off in round 3. His efforts to finish gave the Aussie the slight edge, as two of the three judges awarded the split decision victory to Reese Mclaren. The former ONE bantamweight title challenger Mclaren advanced to 3-0 at flyweight and may have set himself up for a shot at Geje Eustquio’s recently-earned 125 pound belt.
ONE Battle for the Heavens
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After falling well short in a title challenge versus ONE poster woman Angela Lee last May, Istela Nunes sat on the sidelines for over a year before stepping back inside the ring to take on Gina Iniong. There’s no doubt Nunes used her time off to good effect as she showed off impressive distance control and striking in this 15 minute match with the five-time ONE veteran. Iniong has done some of her best work down at atomweight, and the size difference was evident as Nunes stayed out of range while throwing kicks and long punches. Iniong managed to close the distance and briefly drop Nunes with a sharp right near the end of round 1, but for the most part the Lakay native had little luck reaching her target. The Brazilian used her length to increasing effect as this standup match wore on. Iniong, perhaps sensing that defeat was imminent, tried to work the fight to the mat late in round 3 but Istela’s takedown defense proved solid and she capped things with a resounding left head kick with about a minute left. Patient work here from Istela Nunes, who kept the fight where she wanted it and kept out of trouble en route to a unanimous decision victory – her second win in three ONE appearances. Gina Iniong dropped to 3-2 in the promotion.
135: Shuya Kamikubo (8-1-1, #368 World) TKO2 Sunoto Peringkat (9-4, #526 World FW)
Indonesian Muay Thai ace Sunoto Peringkat entered the ONE ring with a ton of momentum thanks to four straight wins in the promotion during 2017-18. But Peringkat’s domination against southeast Asian regional competitors didn’t prepare him for the grappling onslaught offered by Shuya Kamikubo. DEEP and Pancrase alum Kamikubo scored a takedown early in round 1 and punished Peringkat with a variety of ground strikes, including some grounded knees to the dome. When Peringkat tried for a takedown of his own to start round 2, he was immediately reversed and mounted by the crafty Kamikubo. Before long Shuya Kamikubo pounded out his third career TKO via ground strikes – a strong
debut in ONE for the 23 year old prospect against one of the promotion’s more proven bantamweights.
M115: Robin Catalan (7-4) Sub2-Heel Hook Adrian Matheis (5-4)
Robin Catalan is known as a Muay Thai stylist, but the Fillipino strawweight showed improved grappling skills in his 6th ONE fight as he took it to the mat and scrambled to the back within the opening 2 minutes. Matheis managed to shake Catalan out of back mount, but the round 1 bell was his only means of scrambling to his feet as Catalan stayed heavy on top. After a very successful first frame, Catalan went straight back to the well with a slam takedown early in round 2. After a few minutes of ground-and-pound, Catalan changed gears and snatched a heel hook that earned him the quick tap! That’s two career wins by leglock for Catalan, who improved to 4-2 in the ONE promotion.
ONE Battle for the Heavens
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135: Fu Chang Xin (7-1) TKO1-GNP Rustem Ensebaev (1-8)
Chinese superstar Fu Chang Xin put on an amazing performance in his ONE debut, finishing Rustem Yensebayev with a TKO at 4:32 of Round 1! #BattleForTheHeavens #Guangzhou #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/CVuemtrPln— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) July 7, 2018
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M115: Peng Xue Wen (2-4) KO1-Right Hand Eddey Kalai (0-4)
Chinese wrestling phenom Peng Xue Wen displayed an impressive striking game against Eddey Kalai, scoring a thunderous TKO at 0:57 of Round 1! #BattleForTheHeavens #Guangzhou #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/Jk2GUWf9UO— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) July 7, 2018
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