New Zealand based Ev Ting took his One Championship record to 5-1 last night with a dominating win over Filipino fighter Eric Kelly.
Based out of the Auckland MMA gym, Ting headlined the card in his country of birth at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With the new weigh-in rules One Championship has adopted, both fighters weighed in closer to their walk-around weight with Ting coming in at 76.5 kgs while Kelly 77 kilograms.
Ting took control from the start against his 33 year-old opponent who came into the fight with an impressive 12-1 record. Ting, 26, put the momentum on his side early landing a head-kick and dominating from there with punching combinations and ground control.
Ting continued the aggressive start in the second as he struck his way inside and pushed the fight against the cage and momentarily looked to take his opponents back. Later in the round, Kelly did manage to put Ting on the canvas where he transitioned to the back with both hooks in, only for Ting to escape and end the round inside guard.
Kelly continued to look for the takedown in the third-round, however the Filipino fighter left his neck open, which allowed Ting to pounce to secure the guillotine choke to get the tap.
The win came 1:58 into the third round of the fight which was scheduled for five. Ting is now five out of his last six as he moves to 11-3. Kelly drops to 12-2.
Earlier on the card, Eduard Folayang bounced back with a unanimous decision over Tetsuya Yamada while Jake Butler scored a first-round TKO over Tatsuya Mizuno in a light-heavyweight battle.
Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.