Baguio-boy Kelly notches 7th win in One FC-A A +A
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ERIC Kelly survived a gritty Bae Young Kwon to stay unbeaten in his mix martial arts career in the One Fighting Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kelly, despite a close battle escaped with a unanimous victory Saturday evening at the jam packed Stadium Negara for his seventh win in as many fights.
It was not an easy fight for the Baguio born fighter who is now based in Malaysia as he opened the first round with heavy blows but the Korean equaled every attack given by the five foot seven inches fighter.
In fact, the Korean had Kelly on the mat few occasions during the first round but still, the unbeaten Filipino survived every submission attempts by Kwon.
An illegal elbow in the second round by Kwon earned him a warning from the judges as both fighters continued to exchange solid blows after blows.
Kelly was then poised to score another submission as he committed the Korean to an almost rear naked choke but somehow, Kwon managed to escape to survive the third round.
It was the longest battle for Kelly after scoring his first six wins via submissions in the first and second round by way of his patented rear naked choke of his second fight in One FC, Asia’s largest mix martial arts promotion based in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Team Lakay’s Roldan Sangcha-an debut in mix martial arts failed to jumpstart after his bout was canceled by organizers due to health reasons by his opponent, Alamurad Kurayev, who was supposed to open the show last Saturday.
Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization ONE Fighting Championship scored a successful debut in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors, the largest ever event held in Malaysia proved to be explosive with a series of world class MMA battles at Stadium Negara.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 27, 2012.