ONE FC 5: Bibiano Fernandes Wins Promotional Debut, Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia IV Ends in Controversy
By FCF Staff
After turning down the UFC for a job with ONE FC this summer, Bibiano Fernandes walked away with a victory in his promotional debut today in Quezon City, Philippines. Facing another renowned jiu-jitsu competitor in Gustavo Falciroli, Fernandes relied on his wrestling and ground-and-pound skills to score a unanimous decision win.
Although the bout included a few heated striking exchanges, much of the fight was spent on the mat, where Fernandes was able to land plenty of strikes from above. Although Falciroli never appeared to be in any serious danger, and was the fresher of the two in round three, the output of Fernandes entrenched the decision win.
The fourth bout between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski ended in controversial fashion, as following two illegal kicks from Arlovski in round three the bout was declared a No Contest.
After two competitive rounds to begin the fight, Arlovski floored Sylvia in the third frame with a couple of hard right hands. Arlovski looked to finish the fight by kicking Sylvia to the head, but did so before referee Yuji Shimada had granted permission for an open attack.
Sylvia was given several minutes to recover from the kicks, and appeared to be okay, but the bout was eventually called off. Afterwards, the rivals spoke to one another in the cage, and both proceeded to express an interest in fighting for a fifth time.
Former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver put up a good fight against Eric Kelly, but came up short against the rising featherweight. Early on, Pulver was able to drop Kelly with his renowned left hook, but Kelly weathered the storm and resumed his attack.
In round two, it wasn’t long before a tired Pulver was sent to the canvas after absorbing a hard kick to the liver. As Kelly landed more punches from above, the referee brought the action to a halt.
Afterwards, Pulver relayed that he would be interested in fighting in ONE’s FC’s upcoming bantamweight Grand-Prix.
Here are the complete results from today’s ONE FC 5 “Pride of a Nation” card, which was hosted by The Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Gustavo Falciroli by Unanimous Decision
Eduard Folayang def. Felipe Enomoto by Unanimous Decision
Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski declared No Contest (Due to Illegal Kicks from Arlovski)
Eric Kelly def. Jens Pulver by TKO (Strikes) R2 1:46
Rolles Gracie def. Tony Bonello by Rear-Naked-Choke R3 1:33
Jung Hwan Cha def. Igor Gracie by TKO (Strikes) R3 1:03
Soon Chul Kim def. Kevin Bellingon by Unanimous Decision
Gregor Gracie def. Nicholas Mann via Armbar R1 3:28
Phil Baroni def. Rodrigo Ribeiro via TKO (Soccer Kicks and Punches) R1 1:00
Shannon Wiratchai def. Mitch Chilson via TKO (Punch and Soccer Kick) R2 2:03
Honorio Banario def. Andrew Benibe via TKO (Kicks to the Body and Punches) R3 3:47