APRIL Osenio’s return to the One Championship cage a year she last saw action in Asia’s largest MMA promotion proved a bitter pill to swallow.
Osenio, of Team Lakay, suffered her third setback in five fights against debuting Xiong Jing Nan of China in the undercard of ‘Warriors of the World’ at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand which also saw three Filipinos wiped out by different foes.
Xiong and Osenio both came out looking to make a statement, as they started swinging heavy leather at each other early before getting locked up in the clinch against the cage.
Seeing an opening for a takedown, Xiong landed a beautiful outside trip to take the contest to the mat then transitioned to a guillotine choke, which looked deep, but Osenio played good defense before slipping free.
The Filipina had enough of the ground battle and stood back up, but that ultimately led to her undoing, with Xiong pursuing her with a barrage of strikes in a furious exchange of punches and connected with a devastating right hand that dropped Osenio to the ground, as the referee quickly swooped in at 3:44 of the opening stanza to stop the contest before she took any unnecessary damage.
Touted as a major addition to the ONE roster, Xiong lived up to expectations, as she wins her promotional debut, and moves to 13-1 in her career.
Former model turned MMA figther Rome Trinidad also suffered the same fate after being submitted in the second by Rika Ishige.
The first round was spent exclusively on the feet, with Ishige staying true to her pre-bout assertion that she would showcase the striking game she has been working so hard on at Bangkok Fight Lab and Tiger Muay Thai & MMA.
Coming against a Philippine Sikaran national champion in Trinidad, it was a bold move. Ishige was unfazed by Trinidad’s attacks, and looked to land hard low kicks, while “The Rebel” replied with a piston-like straight right hand. There was not much to separate the pair after the first five minutes, as there were good stand-up exchanges throughout.
With the win, Ishige now has the most victories in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division.
Jimmy Yaboo and Rabin Catalan also fell short against their opponents.
Thai wrestling champion Kritsada Kongsrichai drew loud cheers from the packed crowd with another dominant victory, this time over Filipino competitor Catalan.
Blasting Catalan with a furious offensive featuring his best striking combinations, Kongsrichai took matters to the ground and quickly got mount, finishing Catalan off with elbows and punches.
Highly-decorated Muay Thai legend Sagetdao Petpayathai authored another sensational victory in front of a jubilant Thai crowd, defeating Yabo in the first round of their featherweight encounter.
Relying on his well-regarded clinch game, Petpayathai scored his third consecutive knockout victory inside the ONE Championship cage by driving a hard knee to Yabo’s midsection, causing him to drop to the canvas in excruciating pain.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2017.
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