By Val Macanas
December 6, 2013 – Manila, Philippines: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), captivated the rabid crowd in attendance at the world class SM Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH. Fans were treated to a night of exhilarating action, culminating in a much anticipated rematch between Philippines’ very own and first-ever MMA world champion, Honorio Banario and Japanese Fighter Koji Oishi for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship. Unfortunately, Oishi knocked-out Banario again, this time in the third round, to retain his title.
The CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated “ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH was a monumental night for ONE FC and caps off a record-breaking 2013. The audience in the MOA Arena was on the edge of their seats the entire night as they witnessed jaw-dropping knockouts and slick submissions. You will not believe what we have lined up for 2014 and I can’t wait to share the exciting news in the near future!”
The main event began tentatively as the fighters were cautious of their opponent in this high-stakes bout. Oishi landed several significant strikes in the second round, and finished the job in the third with a right hook. Oishi becomes the first champion in ONE FC history to successfully defend his world championship title.
Meanwhile, in a battle between two of the best mixed martial artists in ONE FC’s Bantamweight division, Philippines’ Kevin Belingon emerged victorious against Spain’s David Aranda. Belingon asserted his striking superiority early and knocked out the previously undefeated David Aranda with a vicious left hook.
In the previous fight, another home-grown talent, Eduard Folayang returned to his winning ways with a dominant victory over Vincent Latoel. The Team Lakay Lightweight added a new weapon to his arsenal by mixing takedowns with his unorthodox Wushu-based striking. He managed to take Latoel to the ground for all three rounds and neutralized Latoel, who could barely muster any offence. Folayang was awarded the unanimous decision victory, much to the delight of the Filipino fans in attendance.