Ten-time BJJ world champion Roger Gracie returned to MMA with a Rd 3 TKO win over James McSweeney, this Friday, Dec.5, in Manila, Philippines.
After a loosing first round where McSweeney almost landed a fight-ending high kick, Roger Gracie recovered on Rd2 to control the actions and tie the count.
Round 3 started out with James trying to be more active but a low kick to Roger’s leg hurt McSweeney’s right knee.
The Gracie took advantage of the moment and went for the kill with a straight kick to James’ stomach and a series of punches to finish the fight.
In the co-main evet of the evening, Brandon Vera went back to his native Philippines to quickly knock out Ukraine’s Igor Subora.
Hurt early in the first round, Subora tried to resist but eventually a series of punches and soccer kicks on the ground (allowed under One FC rules) ended the story.
In the main event, bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes proved once again why he is number one in the organization.
After a close first round, a double leg entry early on Rd2 turned into a back taking and a rear naked choke that left contender Dae Hwan Kim with no other option than to tap.
Asked if he would accept a superfight agains Shinia Aoki next, Bibiano said: “I’m here, I’m a One FC empolyee and I’m ready.”
Here are the full results:
One FC 23
December 5, 2014
Bibiano Fernandes def. Dae Hwan Kim via submission (RNC) at 1:16 of Rd2
Brandon Vera def. Igor Subora via KO (punch and soccer kicks) at 3:54 of R1
Timofey Nastyukhin def. Eduard Folayang via KO (flying knee and soccer kick) at 3:11 of R1
Roger Gracie def. James McSweeney via TKO (strikes) at 3:15 of R3
Kevin Belingon def. Koetsu Okazaki via unanimous decision
Herbert Burns def. Honorio Banario via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:59 of R1
Jake Butler def. Sylvain Potard via unanimous decision
Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Rene Catalan via KO (knee to the body) at 2:30 of R1
Ana Julaton def. Walaa Abbas Mohamed Kamaly via unanimous decision
Jujeath Nagaowa def. Tharoth Sam via TKO (punches) at 3:34 of R2