MANILA, Philippines – The first two Ultimate Fighting Championship matches in Philippine history ended in losses for Pinoy fighters.
Guamanian flyweight Jon delos Reyes compelled Team Lakay’s Roldan Sangcha-an to wave the white flag with a rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC Fight Night 66 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, while Filipino-American standout Nolan Ticman (4-3) lost to Yao Zhikui (2-4) via split decision.
Delos Reyes, who is known for his stints in the Guam-based MMA promotion Pacific Xtreme Combat, flaunted his expertise in making his counterpart submit as early as the opening salvo, fastening three dangerous hold on Sangcha-an.
Sangcha-an was caught by a guillotine choke when he stepped on the gas pedal by unleashing hooks and body kicks.
Delos Reyes sustained his leverage on the floor by latching on a body triangle, which gave him the loophole to transfer to the back of Sangcha-an and padlock a rear-naked choke.
The 27-year-old native of Tamuning, Guam prolonged the agony as he grabbed Sangcha-an’s arms for an armbar.
Sangcha-an was able to get back to his feet and grabbed Delos Reyes with a double-arm guillotine before retaliating with strikes to the legs and body.
At the start of the second round, Sangcha-an pummeled Delos Reyes with wild hooks and lashing kicks to the head and ribs.
When Delos Reyes clinched the 24-year-old prospect from Baguio City, two heads collided, which caused a gory gash on the Guamanian’s right eye.
The bloody cut did not hamper Delos Reyes much as he dropped Sangch-an with a left hook and rained down looping right hands from the upright position.
After the doctor checked the wounded right eye of Delos Reyes, he directly went for a takedown and secured a deep rear-naked choke to force Sangcha-an to tap at 3:13 of round two.
Delos Reyes (8-4) snaps his two-fight losing skid with the impressive submission victory, while Sangcha-an (4-2) loses his second-straight bout.
“I’m disappointed, but it’s part of the game. I accept this defeat and learn from it because champions who don’t accept defeat will never be champions. It was great fighting here tonight. I am proud to represent the Philippines,” Sangcha-an said.
Zhikui spoils Ticman’s homecoming
In the show’s opener, Ticman lost a split-decision to Zhikui as two cageside judges favored the Chinese combatant on the scorecards with 29-28 marks each.
Ticman was successful in maintaining the distance in the first round, where he was able to land jabs and two solid uppercuts on Yao’s chin.
However, the momentum shifted on Yao’s side in the second stanza as he caught Ticman with an overhand right and trapped his Fil-Am foe along the fence by battering knees to the left leg.
Yao limited Ticman’s backpedalling motion in the third round, but his opponent responded with a double-leg takedown to pacify the surging Chinese.
As both men returned to a stand-up position, Yao immediately dragged Ticman down to the mat, but the latter reversed the position to drop heavy bombs in the dying seconds.
“I won the fight. That’s it,” Ticman stated in disappointment. – Rappler.com
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