One Championship: Unbreakable Warriors took place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday night. An anticipated headliner was held between Australian Rob Lisita and Malaysian born, New Zealand based Ev Ting.
The match lasted three action packed rounds and culminated with Ev Ting edging out Lisita with a unanimous decision win.
After an initial brutal striking exchange between the two combatants in the early stages of round one, Lisita then surprised a few people with a grappling display by attacking with takedowns. Lisita was active from top position and demonstrated his grappling dominance over Ting, but Ting was able to pop back up to his feet. In the stand up, Ting looked to land the cleaner shots while Lisita attempted for wilder punches. Lisita finished the round strong and controlled Ting well on the ground. Ting, however, was able to get to his feet toward the dying seconds of the first round. A brief striking exchange then ensued before the round ended.
Round two began with Lisita connecting with some big shots. It was then a back and forth exchange with Lisita continuing to move forward. Ting looked the fresher of the two choosing to pick his shots and utilise his footwork. Lisita dove in for a takedown on Ting. Ting quickly got back to his feet. Despite looking fatigued, Lisita continued to engage with heavy strikes. Ting remained composed mixing kicks into his attacks. Lisita then bull rushed in and was successful in getting the throw. Ting again was able to scramble and get back to his feet. Lisita got another takedown once again dragging Ting to the canvas towards the end of the round. The round ended with brief ground and pound and a headkick from Ting.
Ting started off the third round by missing with a high-kick which resulted in himself landing on his back. He jumped up rapidly and Lisita rushed forward for a takedown attempt. Ting reciprocated with a guillotine attempt, but soon after let go of the submission. Both fighters then went toe to toe exchanging kicks and punches. A flying knee from Ting forced Lisita back as Ting moved in for a single leg takedown. Lisita showed great balance in defending the takedown. Ting opted to push away and keep the fight standing for the time being. A battle in the grappling began with Lisita able to land in top position, but Ting managed to work his way back up and push away from Lisita. Ting began teeing off on Lisita in the stand up until Lisita worked to win a takedown over Ting. Ting fought back with a guillotine attempt which Lisita slipped out of. This time Lisita was able to achieve a scramble of his own. Ting finished the match with some heavy handed strikes and a flying knee.
Having clearly dished out more damage and being able to outwork Lisita in the standup, Ting had done enough in the eyes of the judges to be awarded the unanimous decision. With the win, the Kiwi now takes his record to an impressive 12-3 and currently boasts a three fight win streak with the promotion. The loss was Lisita’s fourth in a row with the promotion and his record drops to 15-9.
Another entertaining battle was put into play in the co-main event between hometown hero Peter Davis and Thai Judoka Shannon Wiratchai. Wiratchai had dropped Davis late in the first round, but was lucky enough to be saved by the bell. Wiratchai had a few more opportunities to finish Davis but was unable to capitilise on his Malaysian foe. Davis even on wobbly legs was surprisingly able to drop Wiratchai with a spinning back-fist. Wiratchai recovered and eventually managed to finish Davis midway through the second round with strikes.
David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.