ONE FC 18 took place on July 11, 2014 in the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Finishes were the fashion of the night, given impetus by a $50,000 bonus offered by CEO Victor Cui.
Eric Kelly and Rob Lisita put on quite the show of heart in a match that polarized Kelly’s long time fans and Lisita’s staunch supporters. Lisita came out banging, but it was Kelly who sought the holes in the game and capitalized in a come through win by rear naked choke. His effort alighted his fans who were very vocal about who should get the $50K, and indeed Cui awarded it to Kelly.
Koji Ando and Rafael Nunes put faced each other in a highly anticipated match that had ranking ramifications from the moment it was made. Ando had been absent for a year, but was coming off a shellacking over Jadamba to face the undefeated prospect Nunes. All it took was one shoot from Nunes to put Ando in a position to get a quick choke from behind to cement his place in the ONE FC lightweight division.
As expected, Yusup Saadulaev and Koetsu Okazaki put on a fantastic grappling round with Saadulaev landing the takedowns and positions from the top, and Okazaki working a beautiful deep half guard. The second round was telling as Okazaki’s fists started finding a home, and the dazed Russian couldn’t recover fast enough. From the back Okazaki forced the ref to save his opponent from ground and pound.
Jake Butler took on the toughest opponent of his career in Mohamed Ali. Ali’s punches and stuffs seemed to take the wind out of Butler in the opening stanza, but the Olympic wrestler still shot for his bread and butter. Butler knew he had to keep Ali on his back, and he did so for almost three rounds, dominating with pressure form the top and short strikes and knees, eventually getting the finish with some tough ground and pound in mount.
Taiwanese Paul Cheng had the stadium in his corner against Mahmoud Hassan when the big men met with a clash. It was a gruesome affair which saw Hassan shut Cheng’s eye with punches, and Cheng take down and pummel Hassan on the canvas. Cheng’s eye was completely shut after the first and shouldn’t have been allowed to continue, but he did, and was rocked again by Hassan. He finally achieved mount and the two exhausted fighters put on a slo-mo round. Hassan retired in his corner before round three.
Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani rematched to find the end of a bout first stopped by a groin shot. Ngalani showed his kicks and Parry his punches, and a trip put Ngalani in top position for the first two minutes of the fight. Parry reversed him, and the last two minutes became his, knocking Ngalani out cold with an elbow.
Taiwanese MMA proponent Sam Sung rocked out in a suit then proved he really did show up to get things done. All it took was a minute for him to throw Nicholas Lee to the mat, mount him, and choke him out with a guillotine from the top.
Bala Shetty showed some nice clinch and throw work for his kickboxing background, but Jeff Huang bid his time even from bottom position. Huang hunted for a heel hook which Shetty stood out of, then he capitalized upon the moment to rock him, follow him down, and get the ref stoppage when Shetty could no longer defend.
Eliot Corley was a last minute replacement for Rayner Kinsiong, and he proved he was up to the task by forcing the action against the cage with strikes. From there, Corley landed a perfect elbow which dropped Kinsiong and finished the fight.
Nathan Ng and Florien Garel started the night off in a quick battle that saw Ng prove he was more than just a pretty face. He was able to knock Garel down with strikes, and had the davy to finish by a choke from north/south.
ONE FC 18
July 11, 2014
NTU Sports Center
Featherweight bout: Eric Kelly defeats Rob Lisita by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:43 minutes of round 2
Lightweight bout: Koji Ando defeats Rafael Nunes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:43 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Koetsu Okazaki defeats Yusup Saadulaev by TKO (Strikes) at 4:21 minutes of round 2
Light Heavyweight bout: Jake Butler defeats Mohamed Ali by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 minutes of round 3
Heavyweight bout: Paul Cheng defeats Mahmoud Hassan by Submission (Verbal) at 0:00 minutes of round 3
Heavyweight bout: Chi Lewis Parry defeats Alain Ngalani by TKO (Strikes) at 4:07 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Sung Ming Yen defeats Nicholas Lee by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:10 minutes of round 1
Welterweight bout: Jeff Huang defeats Bala Shetty by TKO (Strikes) at 3:20 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Eliot Corley defeats Rayner Kinsiong by TKO (Strikes) at 1:36 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Nathan Ng defeats Florian Garel by Submission (Head and Arm Choke) at 1:23 minutes of round 1