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Filipinos split One FC undercards

Kevin Belingon connects on a kick to Koetsu Okazaki. Joe Ng/One FC
By Ivan Saldajeno

The Filipino contingent went 3-3 in six of the first eight matches of the One FC: Warrior's Way fight card at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Kevin Belingon got one of his biggest wins after dominating Koetsu Okazaki, while Timofey Nastyukhin provided the biggest shock after knocking out Eduard Folayang.

Belingon, looking to get back on track in the bantamweight division, knocked down Okazaki twice before taking a unanimous decision win.

But the Russian Nastyukhin silenced the soldout MOA Arena crowd after connecting on a kick to the midsection that hurt Folayang, dropping him down.

Nastyukhin grabbed the opportunity and struck a couple of soccer kicks to Folayang before the referee stopped the contest with only two minutes left in the first round for his eighth straight win.

In the other match in the televised card, Brazilian Herbert Burns forced Honorio Banario to a tapout at the 3:59 mark of the very first round.

In the non-TV matches, Jujeath Nagaowa opened the festivities of the event by knocking out Tharoth Sam in the second round of their atomweight match-up.

In the next fight, Ana Julaton bounced back from a shock split decision loss by dominating Walaa Abbas by a unanimous decision.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke then spoiled the Philippines' early party by striking out Rene Catalan halfway into the very first round of their fight.