That’s two chokes involving two titles in two days, can we make it three for three with Invicta 5 happening tonight? We’ll just have to wait and see.
But until then we can chat about One FC which saw some decent action take place this morning. Most notable were appearances by Jens Pulver, Melvin Manhoef, Brock Larson and of course Shinya Aoki.
Pulver unfortunately continued his win, lose, win, lose formula with a loss against Masakatsu Ueda who caught the former champion in a slick d’arce choke in the second round, yet again begging the inevitable question, is it time for Pulver to just call it a career?
A favorite going into this fight against Larson, Manhoef was expected to knock his opponent around but instead lost via unanimous decision.
And finally for the first time since joining his new team EVOLVE and focusing specifically on improving his Muay Thai and overall striking, Shinya Aoki looked confident on the feet when necessary but inevitably dragged the fight to the ground and did what he does best, synching in a tight rear naked choke in round two, earning him the One FC Lightweight title in the process.
Aoki was visibly emotional and thanked his new team for help in the victory. Full event results are below, we should have some highlights for you shortly:
Shinya Aoki def. Kotetsu Boku via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:01 Rd 2
Brock Larson def. Melvin Manhoef via unanimous decision
Masakatsu Ueda def. Jens Pulver via submission (d’arce choke) at 3:52 Rd 2
Kevin Belingon def. Thanh Vu
Eddie Ng def. Arnaud Lepont
Leandro Issa def. Yusup Saadulaev via unanimous decision
Alex Silva def. Rene Catalan
Bashir Ahmad Shannon Wiratchai via unanimous decision
Jake Butler def. Swain Cangco via TKO (punches) at 2:52 of round 1
Chen Yun Ting Ronald Low