Victorian featherweight Jordan Lucas was unsuccessful in his long-awaited promotional debut at One Championship: Union of Warriors on Friday night In Myanmar. Lucas was caught in a submission late in the first round by Filipino counterpart Edward Kelly, after a dominant display early on by the Aussie featherweight.
Lucas looked confident as he entered the Thuwanna Indoor Stadium and as soon as the bout began, went straight to work on his opponent, then rushed in and secured an initial takedown. “Showtime” was composed and active with strikes from top position; then attacked for a rear naked choke submission. Kelly defended well, but Lucas switched focus and began raining down heavy strikes. Kelly eventually managed to get back to his feet and the two clinched. Lucas was able to muscle his way into a big takedown and again drop punches before working for a rear naked choke. A grapple ensued and Kelly slipped his way on top. From the bottom, Lucas aimed for multiple submission attempts. The two fighters got back to their feet and exchanged strikes. Now looking visibly tired, Lucas went in for another takedown, but Kelly sunk in a rear naked choke, tightly forcing Lucas to tap 3:47 into round one. It’s the first blemish in the young Aussies’ impressive record, with the loss now he is at 8-1 as a professional.
The event was headlined by a middleweight clash between American based Burmese fighter Aung La N Sang and Egypt’s Mohamed Ali. It was short-lived battle as La N Sing submitted his foe Ali by guillotine choke early in round one, much to the delight of many fans in attendance.
Former One Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes from Brazil defeated a tough opponent in Filipino fighter Eugene Toquero late in round one by D’arce choke submission. It was a back and forth match, Toquero looked to get the better in the stand up but he was ultimately taken down and submitted by the former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion.
David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.