TAIWANESE PROMOTION PRO FC PUT ON A STACKED 12 FIGHT CARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT, HEADLINED BY A BATTLE BETWEEN UFC VETERAN FOR THE ORGANISATION’S INAUGURAL 170 LBS TITLE.
Takenori Sato was released by the UFC after back-to-back losses last year while Chad Reiner’s most recent appearance inside the octagon was back in 2007, but both were looking to get back to winning ways and to become the first-ever PRO FC champion.
It was the Japanese veteran who prevailed as he slapped on a first round armbar which required some adjustment to complete but as soon as the arm was straight the American tapped. The win was Sato’s first since 2013 and he moves up to 18-10-7 while Reiner drops to 31-18.
It was a night of fast finishes with Trestle Tan (3-3-1) taking less than 10 seconds to finish ONE Championship welterweight Jeff Huang (5-2) with a left hook doing the damage and a quick barrage of follow up punches putting the prone Taiwanese welterweight away.
The competition for ‘KO of the Night’ was intense and Kaiwhare Kara-France (8-5-0-1) needed just eight seconds to take out Ik Hwan-Jang, stunning the South Korean bantamweight with an overhand right and then finishing him off with ground and pound.
A left hook dropped Filipino lightweight Richard Corminal (3-1) and secured Jingxiong Zhang (4-3-1) a third straight win as the Taiwanese Sanda veteran perfectly timed a right hand from his opponent to counter with the punch and then landed one more shot for a win which took just 8 seconds.
In featherweight action UFC veteran Will Chope (24-7) beat Mongolian debutant Taivan Narantuya (0-1) with a first round rear naked choke but Gi Bum Moon (4-2) handed English prospect Chris Fishgold (10-1) a first ever defeat with a unanimous decision win.