Catalan wins, Donayre falls in One's year-starter

One Championship
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Rene Catalan mounted a winning streak with One Championship after forcing Adrian Matheis to tap out in their match at One: Quest for Power at the Jakarta Convention Center on Saturday night.

Catalan dominated the clash right from the beginning and finally finished off Matheis with an armbar submission at the 2:08 mark of Round 2, silencing the Indonesian crowd rooting for the latter.

However, Vaughn Donayre failed to follow up on Catalan's victory as Vincent Latoel scored a unanimous decision win over him later in the night.

In a pulsating affair, Latoel leaned on his prowess on the ground to keep Donayre from getting that elusive win, although the latter had some good grappling moments as well.

Meanwhile, Philippine-based Ukranian Igor Subora scored his first win since 2013 after outpointing Sherif Mohamed in a light heavyweight battle.

In his first career match that went beyond Round 1--and eventually went three rounds--Subora leaned on his reach advantage to keep Mohamed from scoring a crucial haymaker.

Subora got the better of all the three scorecards for his successful transition to a lower weight division.

In the main event that spilled to early Sunday, Vitaly Bigdash lived up to his vow of making Aung La N Sang feel the pain of losing after beating him for the successful defense of the One middleweight title.

Despite having to play the full five rounds this time, Bigdash showed that he can last 25 minutes and still be dominant by keeping N Sang at bay all game long, eventually getting the unanimous decision victory.

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