KUALA LUMPUR: Ann “Athena” Osman delivered on her promise – handing out a beating to score a TKO win over Aya Saied Saber at the ONE FC: Roar of Tigers at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Ann scored a takedown early on and managed to land some punches and knees to the Egyptian’s head. Once in the mount position, Ann stayed dominant, raining blows to Aya’s face before referee Olivier Coste called a halt to the women’s flyweight bout in round one.
It was Ann’s second win in a row after defeating former WBO/IBA boxing champions Ana Julaton of the Philippines at the Reign of Champions in Dubai in August.
“I’m so proud to be fighting in Malaysia for the first time. I wanted this for so long, you have no idea. I’m so proud to get this win here,” said Ann, who improved to a 2-1 record.
“AJ Pyro, my coach, whispered something and you have to listen to your corner man, especially with all the adrenaline pumping and I did that. The game plan was to test her, then close the range and get a takedown and a submission or just ground and pound and get the win.”
In the flyweight bout, Saiful Merican lost via submission to Thai veteran Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in the second round.
Dejdamrong came in with a flying knee in that round and it unsettled Saiful.
The 26-year-old stayed resilient but Dejdamrong was able to get into a mount position to secure an armbar.
“It was the first time I’ve gone to the ground with someone who is of the same fighting background as myself. I always said that it was an honour to fight a legend like Dejdamrong. Every fight you don’t lose, you learn,” said Saiful.
In other fights, Malaysian-born Kiwi featherweight Ev Ting scored another home victory against Filipino Edward Kelly in emphatic fashion – landing a kick that dropped Kelly to the floor.
And Peter Davis followed that up with a easy KO win via strikes against Filipino Vaughn Donayre at 4:15 in round one to send the fans into a frenzy.
ONE FC saw a record fastest fight when Thai Anatpong Bunrad landed a soccer-kick to end his bout against Marc Marcellinus by KO at 26 seconds of round one.
The previous mark was held by Australian Lisita, who knocked out Japan’s Yusuke Kawanago at the Rise of Heroes in Manila in May at 28 seconds in round one.
Russian Marat Gafurov got off to a winning debut after securing a rear naked choke on Lisita to take his first ONE FC win at 1:08 in round one.