Adriano Moraes Takes Flyweight Crown at One Championship: Hero’s Ascent


One Championship successfully made its first
appearance in 2019 in the Philippines with One Championship: Hero’s
Ascent, which went down at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

Moraes Wins Rubber Match With Eustaquio, Takes
Flyweight Title

The main event showcased the first trilogy in promotional history,
between Adriano
and Geje
. In their first encounter, Moraes submitted
Eustaquio, then lost via split decision to the Brazilian in their
rematch. Once again, the One flyweight championship was on the

The bout started with both fighters feeling each other out for the
majority of the first stanza, Moraes controlling the center of the
cage and Eustaquio taking the initiative and landing punches. The
exchanges between the contenders became wild in the second round,
as Moraes took the action to the ground and from there attempted to
submit his opponent. A crazy scramble followed as both fighters
traded takedowns and submission attempts to end the round. The pace
slowed down a bit in the third stanza, with Eustaquio finally
finding his range and timing and displaying first some striking
finesse, then some takedown defense acumen.

The plot was the same going into the championship rounds, until the
Brazilian took down his opponent late in the round and caught him
in a deep kneebar from back mount, also known as a “Suloev
stretch.” The Filipino managed to survive, showing inhuman
flexibility. In the final canto, Eustaquio was once again taken
down, but landed punches and elbows from his back. Moraes
controlled Eustaquio, but struggled to pass his guard, only
succeeding in the last 30 seconds of the final round. In the end,
American Top Team representative Moraes took a unanimous decision
and the flyweight belt.

Undefeated Lowen Tynanes Mauls Honorio Banario To
Advance in Lightweight Grand Prix

In the co-feature, Honorio
(14-8) fell to Lowen
(10-0) in the first bout of the One Lightweight World
Grand Prix quarter-finals. Tynanes completely dominated his
opponent on the ground, before securing a crucifix position. From
there, the 28-year-old fighter mauled the Filipino with elbows.

The official clock indicated 4:46 of the opening stanza when
referee stopped the contest. The Hawaii Elite MMA export will face
the winner of Eddie
vs. Timofey
, who will fight at One Championship’s event in Japan
in March.

Danny Kingad Edges Tatsumitsu Wada

Elsewhere, Danny Kingad (9-1) faced Tatsumitsu
(21-10-2, 1 NC). The Japanese took his opponent to the
ground immediately, where he had secured the victory in his
previous bout in One Championship. The Filipino, though, showed
that he could hold his own grappling and dominated Wada on the mat
in Round 1. Kingad threatened with several submissions, which Wada
defended well.

In the second round, Wada seemed more comfortable and managed to
stem Kingad’s grit by landing some knees. Shortly afterwards, Wada
took his opponent’s back and tried to lock a rear-naked choke, but
the Filipino spun and ended the round on top. In the final stanza,
Kingad was taken down again, but escaped and landed heavy strikes
once he was back on his feet. After three rounds, the judges
awarded Kingad the victory via unanimous decision. The Team Lakay
representative is now on a four-bout winning streak, all by

Newcomer Reinier de Ridder Chokes Rong Fan

In the opening bout, undefeated Reinier
de Ridder
’s (10-0) first foray in One Championship went
smoothly as he submitted China’s Rong Fan (7-2)
via D’Arce choke at 1:51 of the first stanza. The fight took an
ugly turn for the Chinese fighter after de Ridder secured a
takedown. Once on the ground, the Dutch fighter imposed his
superior grappling ability and closed a slick D’Arce choke that
left his opponent out cold.

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