Rayner Kinsiong (right) lost his ONE FC bout to American Eliot Corley in the first round by TKO in Taiwan on Friday.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Rayner Kinsiong had a forgettable debut at the ONE FC War of Dragons at the TNU Sports Arena in Taipei, Taiwan.
Rayner, a former SEA Games karate gold medallist, lost by TKO at 1:36 in the first round to American Eliot Corley in a catchweight bout on Friday.
Corley, a last-minute replacement for Taiwanese Zhang Zheng-jie, went on the offensive from the get-go. Utilising his Muay Thai skills, Corley landed two vicious body kicks and a right hand that sent Rayner back-pedalling towards the cage. And he followed up with a sharp right elbow which sent Rayner to the canvas.
“I was prepared mentally to fight Zhang. Then, I had to change my strategy after learning I had to fight Corley. I fought hard but it just wasn’t good enough. Corley’s aggressive approach really caught me off guard,” said Rayner.
“I am disappointed with the loss, but every fight is an experience. I’m ready to get in the ring again,” added the 34-year-old.
In the main fight card, Filipino Eric Kelly extended his pro streak to 11-1 with a win over Australia’s Rob Lisita via submission in the featherweight bout.
Kelly and Lisita each had their moments in the opening round, with Kelly going for numerous attempts at a submission while Lisita opted to use his fists. Kelly’s onslaught in securing a submission finally paid off as he locked in a rear naked choke to force Lisita to tap out at 3:40 of round two.