One FC 23 ‘Warrior’s Way’ streamed live on pay-per-view here in the United States this morning. The December 5 event held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Phillipines was headlined by a bantamweight championship title bout between defending champion Bibiano Fernandes and Dae Hwan Kim.
Fernandes retained his title once again after scoring a second round submission win over Kim.
Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight fighter Brandon Vera was in the co-main event and made use of soccer kicks to get his first win with the promotion.Unlike here in the United States, soccer kicks to the head are legal in the Phillipines. The argument for and against the move has always been a topic of controversy.
Timofey Nastyukhin scored a highlight reel KO over Eduard Folayang in the very first round of their three round affair. Nastyukhin landed a perfectly timed and executed kneed to the face of Folayang and followed it up with a huge soccer kick while his opponent was on the ground.
Two UFC veterans, Roger Gracie and James McSweeney also competed opposite one another. Gracie had not fought since his unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy in July 2013. McSweenney had won his past three bouts including two under the ONE FC banner but that streak came to an end today after Gracie defeated him via TKO in the third round.
Official ONE FC 23 Results below:
Bibiano Fernandes defeated Dae Hwan Kim via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 2, 1:16
Brandon Vera defeated Igor Subora via TKO (Punch and Soccer Kicks) Round 1, 3:54
Timofey Nastyukhin defeated Eduard Folayang via KO (Flying Knee and Soccer Kick) Round 1, 3:11
Roger Gracie defeated James McSweeney via TKO (Front Kick to the Body and Punches) Round 3, 3:15
Kevin Belingon defeated Koetsu Okazaki via Decision (Unanimous)
Herbert Burns defeated Honorio Banario via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 1, 3:59
Jake Butler defeated Sylvain Potard via Decision (Unanimous)
Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke defeated Rene Catalan via KO (Knee to the Body) Round 1, 2:30
Ana Julaton defeated Walaa Abbas Mohamed Kamaly via Decision (Unanimous)
Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Tharoth Sam via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 3:34