Filipino mixed martial artists Carlo Bumina-ang and Fritz Biagtan experienced divergent fates on the undercard of ONE Friday Fights 44 tonight.
Determined to continue his winning streak under the ONE Friday Fights banner, Bumina-ang (4-0) wasted no time making a statement.
His opponent, Turkish debutant Ilyas Dursun (3-1), became the victim of the 29-year-old Baguio City native’s lightning-fast performance.
In a mere 23 seconds, “The Bull” unleashed a check right hook followed by a devastating overhand left, sending Dursun crashing to the canvas and ultimately unconscious against the ring ropes.
This highlight-reel victory marked the Team Lakay standout’s third consecutive triumph on the ONE Friday Fights series, redeeming his image as a blue-chip prospect in the promotion after going through a crucial and tough bout last October.
In stark contrast to Bumina-ang’s success, Fritz Biagtan (6-2) faced a formidable challenge against Babar Ali (7-2) on the ONE Friday Fights stage.
The encounter began with both men exchanging rapid-fire punches, but an accidental knee to the groin by Ali halted the action temporarily. Despite the low blow, Biagtan recovered and launched a counterattack.
Throughout the match, Biagtan engaged in close-quartered exchanges, managing to land heavy blows. However, Ali found opportunities to take the fight to the ground, showcasing his ground control skills.
The second round saw Ali successfully executing takedowns, keeping “Kid Tornado” on the defensive.
Although Biagtan fought hard to return to his feet, Ali maintained control. Towards the end of the round, the Dasmarinas, Cavite resident managed to regain his footing, unleashing powerful strikes.
The final round unfolded with Ali dominating on the mat, shutting down Biagtan’s attempts for striking exchanges.
With Ali securing full mount, he uncorked a barrage of elbows until the final bell, leaving no doubt about the outcome on the scorecards.
Ali emerged triumphant by unanimous decision, handing Biagtan his first defeat in ONE Friday Fights.
Unfortunately, this setback not only marked a loss for Biagtan but also derailed his momentum toward a potential spot on ONE Championship’s main roster, along with a coveted $100,000-worth contract.