MALAYSIA’S Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman got back to winning ways after three rounds against Indonesian veteran Sunoto “The Terminator” at ONE Championship’s ONE: Dawn of Heroes event in Manila,the Philippines last Friday.
The 24-year-old Malaysian hero looked sharp with his strikes and grappling defence as he shut down his rival’s attempts to turn the contest into a wrestling match and found a home for his quick punching combinations at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila.
Aiman remained a step ahead throughout the three-round bout as he outstruck and outgrappled Sunoto to walk away with the curtain-raising win.
Almost every blow that came from his opponent from IndoGym and Team Phantom MMA was returned with interest by Aiman.
The Malaysian fighter picked up the pace and increased the pressure in the final frame as he started to initiate the exchanges and land strikes in combination as he exploded forward.
The Bali MMA-trained athlete then jumped guard to attempt a guillotine choke when he was pushed into the corner of the ring,but he could not get the finish.
However,when he backed Sunoto against the ropes,he landed the most significant strikes of the match,including a big right hand that shook the man from Jakarta for a split second.
After 15 minutes,all three judges’ cards went to Aiman,which gave him the win by unanimous decision and improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 6-3.
Aiman made his professional debut with ONE Championship in September 2016. He has since registered wins over several tough opponents,including BJJ champion Eduardo Novaes.
Meanwhile,in the main event,Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam continued his reign over the featherweight division with a second-round technical knockout victory over Japanese challenger Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima to retain the ONE Featherweight World Championship.
In the co-main event,Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand dethroned English striking sensation Jonathan “The General” Haggerty via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion.
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