|Ana Julaton following her MMA victory in ONE FC.
Pinoys score 5-0 shutout in 'ONE FC: Rise of Heroes'
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Filipino-American Ana Julaton made a sensational mixed martial arts (MMA) debut on Friday night by stopping her more experienced Egyptian opponent in front of thousands of Filipino fans at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
The 2-time world boxing champion showed remarkable resilience in stopping kickboxing expert Aya Saber in their flyweight bout in the "ONE FC: Rise of Heroes."
"The Hurricane" appeared to be in deep trouble when Saber, who has seen action in 5 MMA fights, caught her in a guillotine choke during the second round. But Julaton fought back and patiently pried herself out of her opponent's grip.
Midway in the third round, Saber was able to bring down Julaton. The Filipina, however, gained side control and eventually secured a full mount against the Egyptian. From there, she rained heavy hands and elbows on Saber, prompting the referee to stop the fight with 59 seconds left in the round.
"Winning in Manila is an amazing thing," said Julaton, who finally fulfilled her dream of fighting in front of her Filipino fans.
When asked about the second-round scare, she said she needed to compose herself and execute what she was trained to do.
"I'm like 'Okay, how did I get myself in this situation? And how do I get out of this situation?' There's a lot of things you have to process in your mind while at the same time not trying to tire yourself out," said Julaton.
|Jujeath Nagaowa makes her way to the cage.
Another Filipina, Jujeath Nagaowa, also made a highly successful MMA debut Friday night.
The Benguet-born boxer used her fast hands to pummel India's Jeet Toshi en route to a second-round stoppage.
Nagaowa, who has fought as a boxer in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, negated Toshi's longer reach by using her speed and lateral movements. She hammered the Indian's abdomen with punishing body shots and forced a referee stoppage in the second round.
"Boksingero ako eh, so mas mabilis ang suntok ko sa sipa niya," said Nagaowa.
Their male counterparts also had successful bouts.
Eugene Toquero and Rey Docyogen scored unanimous decision wins over their respective opponents.
Toquero used his experience to cut down to size Malaysia's Gianni Subba, while Docyogen used his new wrestling skills to dominate Guam's Joshua Alvarez.
Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang, who was featured in the co-main event, completed a tactical fight against former lightweight champion Kotetsu "No Face" Boku of Japan.
The Team Lakay fighter said he hopes to finally get a shot at ONE FC lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.
"There are a lot of top fighters in the lightweight division, but I also want to fight the lightweight champion," Folayang said during the post-fight interview.
Fernandes retains bantamweight crown
In the main event, Brazil’s Bibiano Fernandes defended his ONE FC bantamweight title against the dangerous Masakatsu Ueda.
Despite sustaining a bruise in his left eye, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert was able to carve out a unanimous decision win.
Australia's Robbie "Ruthless" Lisita, meanwhile, avenged his earlier loss to Yusuke Kawanago by brutally stopping the Japanese just seconds into the first round.
Lisita, a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao, tagged Kawanago with vicious left hook before finishing him on the ground.
"The last time, he repeatedly threw a knee, I said that if he throws a knee I'll hit him with a hook," said the Australian.
The other fights saw knockout wins by Leandro Ateides over Tatsuya Mizuno and James McSweeney over Chris Lokteff.