On Friday the 13th of March 2015, my friends and I went for an MMA (mixed martial arts) fight night at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. Organized by Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE Championship™ (ONE), it was the first event of the year and one that was incredibly enjoyable.
To get to Stadium Putra, we took the LRT from Bangsar station as it was convenient and cut the travelling time considerably which was great because it meant that even though we reached the stadium at around 8pm the action was just about to begin and so we did not really have to wait long.
Though it may not have been as good as the UFC fights that I occasionally watch on television, ONE: AGE OF CHAMPIONS had more than enough to make it a pretty memorable night. We were fortunate that we managed to receive free tickets from one of our friends otherwise I doubt we would have gone (more out of laziness than cost of ticket). Despite there being a fair amount of people, the organizers struggled to fill up seats and we got bumped up to seats that were closer to the cage.
For someone who had never gone for a live MMA fight before this, I was like a kid in a toy shop. I cheered for all of the fighters, shouted at them to “KIll” and “Attack” and “Finish him!!” I am sure I was pretty vocal and must have annoyed the people around me, but I did not care that much.
There were eight fights in total, with five fighters coming from Malaysia. The opening music, the teaser videos all served to pump the crowd up and add a level of anticipation and expectation. However the crowd took on a whole new level of noise whenever Malaysian fighters were introduced giving them an extra boost while undoubtedly striking fear in their opponents. The local fighters did not disappoint, winning all of the fights in a relatively easy manner. The fighters, buoyed by the crowd made light work of their opponents, viciously attacking and overpowering them as soon as the starting whistle. Indeed, out of all the fights Malaysians were involved in, only one: Ting vs Bullos went to the second round, where Ting quickly forced his opponent to tap out.
The crowd were also on their feet when Malaysian Gianni Subba won his match in just twenty seconds. That was pretty insane, we had barely sat down after cheering him and it was over! Needless to say the stadium went absolutely wild!
I wanted to come to mainly see some blood and I was duly obliged in the main event between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes and challenger Riku Shibuya. This was the only fight that completed all of its rounds and was a tight and intense tactical battle with Shibuya looking to attack but Moraes managing to grapple and pin well, though it was clear to see why these two fighters were billed as the main event, as Shibuya was incredibly strong and was able to counter almost every time he was pinned on the ground. As for Moraes he fought intelligently and stuck to his game plan, he was also very quick and rarely gave Shibuya an opportunity to pin him or land a clean kick.
Deservedly, Moraes won despite Shibuya’s mind games which included celebrating as if he won as well as asking the crowd to increase the level of noise in the stadium, just for him. Thanks to Moraes (or Shibuya) I managed to see the blood I had come for. A series of punches and kicks by Moraes in the 3rd round opened up Shibuya’s head, who bravely fought on for two more rounds. I was happy though! I was just disappointed there wasn’t more!
Overall the experience was amazing and really entertaining, we certainly had lots of fun. Definitely go again, if we have the chance. I recommend everyone to go for it atleast once, even if you haven’t watched any MMA fight before, you will end up enjoying it, I guarantee it. I think its within our nature, to enjoy violence…but thats a topic for another day!
Heres to the beginning of many many more fights!
PS: Anyone else been to any fight before? What was your experience like? Do comment below please, I really want to know!
Official results for ONE: AGE OF CHAMPIONS
ONE Flyweight World Championship bout: Adriano Moraes defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision
Lightweight bout: Peter Davis defeats Rajinder Singh Meena by TKO (Strikes) at 2:41 minutes of round 1
Women’s Flyweight bout: Ann Osman defeats Walaa Abbas by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:23 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Cary Bullos by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:05 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Thanh Vu by Knockout at 0:20 minutes of round 1
Women’s Atomweight bout: Kirstie Gannaway defeats April Osenio by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:50 minutes of round 2
Bantamweight bout: Chan Rothana defeats Ramon Gonzales by TKO (Strikes) at 4:48 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (82kg): Agilan Thani defeats Reant Fabriza Rainir by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 minutes of round 1
Note: All pictures were taken from the official ONE FC website at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ogw4tb66e3467d5/AABAVUM5CDb9aMVF3VZN7O0Da?dl=0