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ONE FC 9: Rise to Power LIVE on Fight Network Play-By-Play

Cody Saftic / May 31, 2013 - 5:51am

Fight Network is presenting a live broadcast of ONE FC 9: Rise to Power from the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. Follow the live blog below:

-Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi (ONE FC Featherweight Title Fight)

Round 1:

Oishi looking nice and calm early as he looks to find his range. Banario moving forward being the aggressor but is having trouble catching the elusive Oishi. Banario lands a nice one-two that score but he can’t follow it up with anything. Oishi still content to move around the cage but Banario is starting to get comfortable with his strikes and is finding his range. Banario gets a little over anxious and gets nailed by a wicked Oishi right hand that floors him. Oishi looks to pounce but Banario comes back to life and stands back up. Oishi steps in to land another right hand but Banario counters him with a left right. Oishi is hurt and Banario swarms looking for the finish but can’t get it as the round closes.

10-9 Banario

Round 2:

Both men meet in the center of the cage pawing away at each other. Banario using his speed advantage to get to Oishi. Banario jumps in and gets slammed by crushing right hand that drops him cold.

Winner: Koji Oishi via KO (Right Hand) Rd, 2

Oishi claims the ONE FC featherweight title

-Bibiano Fernandes vs. Koetsu Okazaki (ONE FC Bantamweight Title Fight)

Round 1:

Fernandes moving forward looking to apply pressure on Okazaki. Body kick scores for Fernandes followed by another that lands clean. Okazaki backs himself up against the cage and Fernandes quickly grabs a hold of him and drags him to the mat. Okazaki looks to scramble out but gives up his back in the process. Fernandes locks up a body triangle and secures Okazaki into position. Fernandes locks up a beautiful rear-naked-choke that looks to have Okazaki out. Miraculously he escapes the choke but still can’t free himself from Fernandes’ body lock. Fernandes still searching for the choke but can’t find anything promising.

10-9 Fernandes

Round 2:

Round two underway but stops soon after when Okazaki takes an unintentional low blow. Action resumes, Okazaki tags Fernandes with a nice shot before dodging out of the way of Fernandes’ counter. Fernandes looks to grab a hold of his opponent and score the takedown but Okazaki manages to stay upright and back away. Okazaki now being the aggressor, using quick punch kick combinations to keep Fernandes at bay. Fernandes pressures Okazaki momentarily and forces him to retreat right into a well set up takedown. Fernandes on top now looking to soften his Japanese opponent up. Okazaki kicks Fernandes off but can’t get back to his feet. Fernandes stands over him for a moment before backing out as the round ends.

10-9 Fernandes

Round 3:

Round three starts and Fernandes quickly shoots in for the takedown. Okazaki see’s the shot coming and sprawls back before moving away. Okazaki much quicker with his striking and is able to tag Fernandes with his jab. Fernandes rushes in and bullies Okazaki down to the ground. Fernandes immediately steps over to mount. Okazaki doesn’t like the position and decides to give up his back. Fernandes doesn’t mind the position as he looks to swim in arm under the neck. Okazaki again rolls, which allows Fernandes to re-take the mount. Fernandes works from mount briefly before again taking the back. Okazaki decides he needs to go for it and quickly turns into Fernandes ending up in his guard. Okazaki now throwing anything he can to damage up Fernandes as the round closes out.

10-9 Fernandes

Round 4:

To no one’s surprise Fernandes quickly closes the distance and takes the fight to the canvas. Again Fernandes mounts Okazaki before taking his back and looking for the choke. Almost every round has looked the exact same so far. Fernandes looks briefly for a possible neck crank before abandoning the move for a better position on the back. Short punches from Fernandes from the back but it’s nothing more than a small frustration for Okazaki. Fernandes decides to go for an armbar but there’s not much on it and Okazaki easily frees himself and stands. Both men back on their feet and its Fernandes who gets the better of the late exchange, slamming Okazaki in the mouth with an overhand right.

10-9 Fernandes

Round 5:

Fifth and final round of this championship fight underway. Fernandes decides to play around a bit and decides to stay striking. Hard right scores for Fernandes but Okazaki easily takes the punch and moves away. Fernandes moving forward but walks into an Okazaki right hand that gets his attention. Fernandes pressures Okazaki up against the fence and for whatever reason, Okazaki decides to drop down for a leg lock. Fernandes easily shrugs off the submission attempt and ends up in side control on Okazaki. Fernandes moves to mount and then takes the back again. Tight looking rear-naked-choke sinks in for Fernandes but Okazaki’s will to survive can’t be broken. Okazaki reverses the position and ends up in Fernandes’ guard but it’s too little too late. Light punches score for Okazaki as the final round ends.

10-9 Fernandes

Winner: Bibiano Fernandes via Unanimous Decision

Fernandes retains the ONE FC bantamweight title

-Kevin Belington vs. Masakatsu Ueda

Round 1:

Belington nice and relaxed as he circles around Ueda. Belington knows the plan for his opponent is to get him down and he’s cautious early. Nice low kick connects for Belington who is searching for his range. Ueda finally goes for the takedown but Belington easily avoids it and gets away. Ueda looking for an opening and eventually finds it, putting Belington on his back. Ueda sitting in Belington’s guard before passing off to side control. Belington tries to shrimp out but Ueda snatches up one of his arm and looks for a possible kimura. Belington does a solid job at escaping before shrugging Ueda off and getting back to his feet right before the end of the round.

10-9 Ueda

Round 2:

Belington with a hard body kick that lands followed by a kick to the head. Ueda tries for a takedown but gets reversed and ends up on the bottom. Belington briefly looks to lock up a submission but quickly gets swept by the superior grappler. Ueda on top now looking to return the favor. Ueda locks up a kimura on Belington’s left arm but can’t get enough pressure to get the submission. Belington scrambles from the bottom and is finally able to free himself and get back up. Despite being back standing its Ueda getting the better of the striking exchanges while Belington second guesses himself.

10-9 Ueda

Round 3:

Round three underway and because of ONE FC’s open scoring, it’s still anyone’s fight. Belington loading up on his kicks and really laying it into Ueda. Wild punch combo partially scores for Belington but Ueda ties him up and shoots for a takedown. Belington stuffs the takedown and goes to town with a heavy offensive attack. Ueda shoots again but it’s defended by Belington. Soccer kicks raining down on Ueda who is in trouble as he looks to get away. Ueda stands back up but Belington is all over him. Ueda again tries to take him down but gets reversed and ends up on the bottom. Belington takes the mount momentarily before taking the back of Ueda. Ueda slips out and gets the sweep, ending up on top for the first time this round. Ueda quickly moves to mount and rains down whatever he can as the final bell sounds.

10-9 Belington

Winner: Masakatsu Ueda via Unanimous Decision

Masakatus Ueda claims the ONE FC bantamweight grand prix title

-Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Rey Docyogen

Round 2:

Round two underway. Docyogen’s confidence is riding high now and he puts it to use. Hard body kicks score for the Filipino who is throwing early and often. Urushitani tries to close the distance and get inside but Docyogen slams him with an over hand right. Docyogen is in cruise control now as he dances around the cage playing with his foe. Urushitani tries to change up the momentum and score a takedown but he can’t hold onto Docyogen long enough to set something up. Docyogen’s ability to get in and out without being touched is by far the difference in this fight so far.

10-9 Docyogen

Round 1:

Docyogen takes the center of the cage immediately, darting back and forth around. Urushitani taking his time as he works to solve the puzzle that is Docyogen’s footwork. Docyogen throwing hard leg kicks both to the inside and outside of Urushitani’s lead leg. Docyogen goes high now but just misses with a crushing head kick.  Urushitani briefly attempts a double leg but can get his Filipino opponent to the ground. 30 seconds left, it’s all Docyogen so far. He’s not doing a whole lot but he’s extremely active with his movement and had landed a high volume of kicks.

10-9 Docyogen

Round 3:

Urushitani starting to put together a little more offense as the final round starts. Urushitani tagging Docyogen a little bit for the first time in this fight. Nice punch busts up Docyogen and has him bleeding all over. Referee stops the action and gets the doctor to check Docyogen. It turns out his nose is broken badly and a complete mess. Referee allows the fight to continue and Urushitani quickly gets back on him. Docyogen simply running away, trying to survive. Couple short shots land for the Japanese fighter but he’s getting frustrated chasing Docyogen around. 30 seconds left and Docyogen is simply just looking to kill time.

10-9 Urushitani

Winner: Yasuhiro Urushitani via Split Decision

-Phil Baroni vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki

Round 1:

Baroni looking to get his hands on Suzuki early and he’s successful, nailing his Japanese opponent with a series of hard hooks upstairs. Suzuki looking to use to front kick to keep Baroni back but the AKA fighter is relentless in his pressure. Hard right hook connects for Baroni who follows it up with a left. Hard right hand drops Suzuki but he quickly hops back up. Suzuki looking to get his own offense going now but Baroni drops down and takes Suzuki to the canvas with a double leg. Baroni not doing much on the mat and Suzuki is able to free himself and stand. Both men trading hard shots now, someone is going down in this one. Hard knee connects for Suzuki but Baroni counters with a left hook. Suzuki tags Baroni and he’s got him wobbled. Four knee strikes all find their mark for Suzuki who follows it up with a left hook right straight combo that knocks Baroni out. Suzuki pounces and lands a series of shots on Baroni before the ref can step in a call it off.

Winner: Nobutatsu Suzuki via KO (Punches) at 4:17, Rd 1

-Kamal Shalorus vs. Eduard Folayang

Round 1:

Heavy punches from Shalorus find their mark but Folayang unfazed. Shalorus with a quick takedown attempt but can’t complete the move. Shalorus again clinching up and looking to trip Folayang to the canvas. Shalorus finally gets the fight down and settles into guard. Folayang shrimps out and kicks Shalorus back long enough to get back to his feet. Shalorus with a wild left hook that just misses its mark. Folayang trying to counter his eager opponent but is just a hair off on all of his strikes. Folayang with a hard high kick that’s blocked by Shalorus who has finally decided he’s had enough of the standup. Shalorus hoists Folayang high in the air before promptly dumping him hard on his back. Shalorus trying to pass now but is unable to get around the guard of Folayang. Folayang tries to sit up against the cage but gets kicked twice in the face by Shalorus who has him cut now. Folayang pops up bleeding but charges after Shalorus with a punch kick combination as the round draws out.

10-9 Shalorus

Round 2:

Inside low kick connects for Folayang but Shalorus counters with a left hook. Shalorus moves in and clinches up before switching off for a single leg takedown. Folayang defending well but Shalorus is too strong and eventually muscles him to the mat. Folayang able to quickly pop back up and frees himself. Head kick just misses its mark for Folayang but he follows it up with a flush body kick that finds its mark. Shalorus tags him again with his wild left and then follows it up with yet another takedown. Shalorus searching for an arm-triangle choke but the cage is preventing him from tightening up the move. Shalorus in half guard now softening Folayang up with short punches and elbows. Shalorus again locks up the arm-triangle and then steps over to mount in an attempt to finish Folayang. Shalorus squeezing hard but in unable to get enough pressure as the bell sounds.

10-9 Shalorus

Round 3:

Folayang needs to make something happen here or it’s over. Solid head kick partially lands for Folayang who is weary of getting to close to Shalorus. Left hook scores for Folayang followed by another left a short time later. Folayang needs to pressure Shalorus but is far too tentative because of the potential takedown. Shalorus remaining calm as he circles around. Nice level change for Shalorus sets up a hard double leg, but Folayang quickly locks up a guillotine choke. Shalorus easily shrugs it off and pops his head free. Folayang not quitting on himself as he works to stand back up. Folayang back up and goes after Shalorus but as expected he gets dumped back onto his back.

10-9 Shalorus

Winner: Kamal Shalorus via Unanimous Decision

-Geje Eustaquio vs. Andrew Leone

Round 1:

Leone quickly touches gloves and immediately clinches up with Eustaquio. Leone looking for a takedown but its Eustaquio who is the first to get the fight to the ground. Leone quickly pops back up and reverses the position to get a takedown of his own. Leone moves to north-south position forcing Eustaquio to scramble. Leone wastes no time and quickly puts in both hooks and takes the back of his prone opponent. Leone working relentlessly for the rear-naked-choke but so far Eustaquio is game enough to survive the position. Leone going to the choke over and over but is unable to get under the chin of Eustaquio.

10-9 Leone

Round 2:

Eustaquio goes to touch gloves to start the second but Leone ignores it and tries to hit him with a wild overhand right. Leone misses the punch but charges forward and takes Eustaquio to the ground. Leone, like clockwork switches to the back and begins to search for the choke. Leone sinks in a wicked tight rear-naked-choke that looks to have this fight won, but Eustaquio shows off a ton of heart in escaping the submission. Eustaquio fired up now; he quickly explodes and turns into Leone, ending up in his guard. The position is short lived as Leone shrugs him off and stands. Eustaquio playing to the crowd now, taunting Leone. Eustaquio throws out a couple light punches but is tentative to let go with his striking. Leone changes levels and looks for a late takedown but Eustaquio defends easily as the bell sounds.

10-9 Leone

Round 3:

Stiff jab hits Leone as both men meet in the center of the cage. Leone with his hands down as he circles around his opponent. Eustaquio again nails Leone with a hard jab but his momentum is short lived as Leone scores a beautiful takedown to put him back on the mat. Eustaquio looking to lock up a kimura lock on the left side but eventually abandons the move. Leone moves to north-south and eventually ends up taking the back of Eustaquio once again. Leone searching for the choke but Eustaquio has already proven to be too difficult to put away with that move. Leone gets an arm under the neck and looks to have a chance to end this fight but Eustaquio free’s himself long enough to survive the final round.

10-9 Leone

Winner: Andrew Leone via Unanimous Decision

-Ryan Diaz vs. Yusup Saadulaev

Round 1:

Diaz the aggressor early, using some solid footwork to move in and out of the pocket. Couple short strikes partially land for Diaz who then decides to go low with a kick. Saadulaev tries to clinch up momentarily but Diaz uses an outside trip to put him on his back. Diaz follows him down and gets half guard out of the position. Saadulaev proves to be to crafty and hip escapes to get himself free. Back on the feet now, Diaz putting his muay thai background to good work using a wide variety of strikes to fluster his opponent. Saadulaev looking tentative as he circles around trying to come up with a game plan. Diaz with a couple of quick jabs that land before jumping back out of the pocket and moving away. 10 seconds left, hard kick partially nails Saadulaev in the head followed by another to the body.

10-9 Diaz

Round 2:

Saadulaev looking to change gears here as the second round begins. Diaz backing up looking for openings against his Russian opponent. Both men exchange kicks but Saadlulaev’s sails a little low warranting a dirty look from Diaz. Action resumes, Saadulaev corners Diaz and grabs a hold of him. Quick takedown scores for Saadulaev who quickly uses the position to take the back of Diaz. Saadulaev switches to mount and immediately looks to lock up a D’arce choke from the top. Diaz fights it off briefly and tries to turn out before eventually succumbing to the move.

Winner: Yusup Saadulaev via Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 2:55, Rd 2

-Felipe Enomoto vs. Lowen Tynanes

Round 1:

Both men touch gloves and this fight is underway. Enomoto wastes no time going on the attack but he walks into a quick right hand followed by a hard takedown from the American. Tynanes passes to side control and begins to rain down elbow strikes from the top. Tynanes traps Enomoto’s left arm in a crucifix position and uses it to smash down clean elbows. Hard punches and elbows absolutely destroying Enomoto who has no answers for the position. Tynanes relentless with his attack and eventually forces referee Yuji Shimada to mercifully stop the contest.

Winner: Lowen Tynanes via TKO (Ground and Pound) at 2:41, Rd 1

-Tim Sylvia vs. Tony Johnson Jr.

Round 1:

Johnson immediately tags Sylvia with a big overhand right and then shoots for a low single that takes the former UFC champ down. Johnson working from half guard but Sylvia is doing a good job of staying active and moving away. Sylvia stands back up but Johnson pushes him against the fence and holds on. Sylvia using short elbows to try and keep Johnson off of him but not much going on against the cage. Referee has finally seen enough and separates both men. Johnson again comes in quickly trying to close the distance but Sylvia makes him pay with a quick three punch combination that momentarily rocks his opponent. Johnson decides to change levels and again shoots for a takedown but Sylvia sprawls out and gets back to his feet. Johnson staying within range looking to set up his overhand. Decent punch lands for Johnson but Sylvia comes back with a few good shots of his own. Sylvia goes high with a head kick that grazes Johnson but he wastes little time in grabbing a hold of his larger foe and throwing him back down.

10-9 Johnson

Round 2:

Round two starts much of the same with Johnson quickly dumping Sylvia down to the canvas. Sylvia tries to regain guard but Johnson is able to briefly pass and get to half. Johnson looking to set up an arm-triangle choke but Sylvia see’s the move coming and frees himself. Johnson back in guard now looking to soften up Sylvia with some short ground and pound. Referee allows this to continue for a moment before standing both men. Right hand from Sylvia lands flush and Johnson seems to be back peddling. Sylvia stalks him down but is then forced to defend a Johnson single leg. Sylvia doing a good job at staying on top but he’s unable to do anything offensively from the position. Referee stands them up again with 30 seconds left. Sylvia looking to change the momentum late, uppercut right hand both score for Sylvia as the second round ends.

10-9 Johnson

Round 3:

Sylvia pumping out jabs and low kicks as the third round gets underway. Johnson see’s his opportunity and fires off a low single leg. Sylvia not allowing Johnson to steal this fight from him and does whatever he can to avoid going down. Sylvia back up but Johnson holding on against the fence. Sylvia separates and hits Johnson with a solid left high kick to the head. Johnson takes it like a champ and pushes forward to close the distance. Johnson just pushing Sylvia against the fence trying to kill time. Sylvia circles off the cage and unloads with a series of hard shots that have Johnson in trouble. Johnson tries to clinch up but Sylvia makes him pay with a series of knee strikes. Sylvia gets a little too anxious and Johnson uses the momentum to throw him to the mat. Johnson immediately moves to half and hits Sylvia with a big elbow that splits him open. Referee takes one look at the cut and calls this one off.

Winner: Tony Johnson Jr. via TKO (Cut) at 3:25, Rd 3

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