In the first of five fights for Team Lakay, Edward Kelly could not come out with the win as he suffered a rare technical decision loss against Xie Bin, Friday evening during ONE: Dawn of Heroes at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The stoppage came with 3:32 left, after the 35-year-old athlete out of Baguio suffered a head injury.
Just one minute and 28 seconds into the second round, Xie rained punches and fists on a prone Kelly. However, some connected to the back of Kelly’s head, prompting the referee to call for injury time.
Kelly could not make it out of the five-minute break, resulting in the immediate decision.
Kelly was taken down four times in the course of the match. He fell to 12-7, losing four of his last seven bouts. Meanwhile, Bin raised his slate to 8-2.
In the first bout of the evening, Muhammad Aiman climbed up to 6-3 after outlasting Indonesian warrior Sunoto (11-6).
Later on, Ayaka Miura (9-2) submitted Brazilian Samara Santos (12-7) with a modified kimura early in the second round. On the other hand, Miao Li Tao (12-3) took a dominant unanimous decision win over Pongsiri Mitsatit (10-3).
ONE: Dawn of Heroes results
August 2, 2019 – SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City
- Featherweight MMA bout: Xie Bin def. Edward Kelly via technical decision (Rd 2, 3:32)
- Strawweight MMA bout: Miao Li Tao def. Pongsiri Mitsatit via unanimous decision
- Strawweight MMA bout: Ayaka Miura def. Samara Santos via submission (modified kimura, Rd 2. :39).
- Bantamweight MMA bout: Muhammad Aiman def Sunoto via unanimous decision