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Igor Svirid, Taiwan’s Huang win bouts

GROUND-AND-POUND:Jeff Huang forced a tap-out at 3 minutes, 19 seconds into his bout, recording his fourth consecutive victory and improving his record to 5-1-0

By Adrian Hardie  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Jeff “Machine” Huang, top, works his ground-and-pound on his way to beating Zuli Silawanto of Indonesia in their ONE FC mixed martial arts bout in Singapore on Friday night.

Photo courtesy of ONE FC

Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan scored a shock knockout victory over previously undefeated Brazilian Leandro Ataides in Singapore on Friday night only 17 seconds into the first round to win the inaugural ONE FC middleweight title in his first fight for the organization.

In the co-main event, Japan’s Koji Ando derailed Brazilian Zorobabel Moreira’s comeback attempt by knocking him out in the third round, while on the undercard, Taiwan’s Jeff “Machine” Huang choked out Indonesian veteran Zuli Silawanto in the first round for his second ONE FC win.

Brazilian jiujitsu blackbelt Ataides came into the fight a rising star of ONE FC, scoring first-round knockouts in his first two fights for the organization to amass an 8-0-0 record. However, Svirid, fighting for the first time outside of the Russian Federation, never let him in the fight, deciding the outcome with the very first punch. It was a jab, incredibly, which dropped Ataides only 10 seconds into the fight. The Brazilian quickly made his feet, but Svirid swarmed in with a barrage of punches, landing a series of devastating hooks that sent Ataides to the canvas a second time, where Svirid continued to land punishing rights until referee Yuji Shimada stopped the fight at 17 seconds.

Svirid improved his record to 10-1-0.

Taipei financial consultant-turned-cage fighter Huang dominated in his fight from the opening bell, getting the better of the early exchanges with hard low kicks and a sharp one-two, before landing punishing knees in the clinch. Huang then quickly took Silawanto down and worked his ground-and-pound from the Indonesian’s guard until Silawanto turtled up. Huang landed knees before taking Silawanto’s back and sinking a rear naked choke to force a quick tap-out at 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

The win was Huang’s fourth consecutive victory and improves his record to 5-1-0.

In the co-main event, former lightweight standout Moreira showed little ring-rust early on after returning from a lengthy absence from the cage following a knockout loss to Kotetsu Boku in October 2012. His opponent, Ando, came in after handing Brazil’s Rafael Nunes his first loss in Taipei in July.

The rangy Brazilian, standing 1.88m to Ando’s 1.78m, employed his reach advantage to keep Ando on the outside, establishing his jab and push kick to the midsection and landing hard kicks to Ando’s legs. Moreira attempted a flying knee, which Ando quickly turned into a takedown, and Ando finished with a solid left hook, but the round was Moreira’s.

In the second round, Ando began to assert himself, catching a kick 30 seconds into the round and sweeping the Brazilian, and following up with a series of punches that had Moreira on his heels. Moraira continued to land damaging low kicks, but the southpaw was able to close the distance and increasingly find a home for hard straight lefts that appeared to hurt Moreira.

In the final round, Ando increased the pressure, answering Moreira’s low kicks with heavy punches and clearly had him hurt by the final minute-and-a-half, backing him into the cage and landing unanswered combinations before dropping him with a left hook. Ando followed with two quick soccer-kicks to Moreira’s head, and referee Oliver Coste jumped in to stop the fight at 4:21.

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