Gina Iniong impressed in her debut in the undercard of ONE: Kings of Destiny, dominating Fil-Aussie Natalie Gonzales Hills in their atomweight bout to win by way of unanimous choice Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Setting the ambiance in ONE’s tenth present in Manila, the Igorot fighter out of Team Lakay confirmed what she’s able to, popping out off the gates firing as she knocked her foe down in the primary spherical earlier than controlling the match in the following rounds.
Iniong delivered in her first match in ONE Championship and improved to 5-2, whereas saved the Cavite-born Gonzales Hills (1-5) nonetheless trying to find a win in the promotion.
Michelle Nicolini additionally made fast work of Irina Mazepa because the Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion submitted the Russian fighter with an armbar on the 2:11 mark of the primary spherical.
“I’m very happy for this fight. I was very nervous but everything I worked hard for led to this moment,” she mentioned.
The Evolve MMA fighter was in management from the beginning, locking in the armbar on her foe’s left arm. Mazepa tried to reverse the maintain, however that solely led to Nicolini (Four-1) to complete the match with a killer armbar that made the 33-year-old Mazepa (2-1) faucet out.
After the match, Nicolini urged the promotion to create a girls’s strawweight title, saying, “Let’s get that belt!”
Filipino strawweight Robin Catalan lastly scored his first victory in ONE Championship after topping Jeremy Miado by way of break up choice in the curtain raiser.
Motivated to lastly make his mark in the promotion, the Ilonggo Catalan (6-2) was aggressive from the get-go and eked out the hard-earned victory earlier than surviving a guillotine choke in the third spherical to deal the 24-year-old Miado (6-1) his first loss in his younger MMA profession.
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