World Series of Fighting Debuts in Manila With an Explosive Fightcard


Evgeny Erokhin defends Heavyweight Title
Homegrown Jujeath Nagaowa defeats Japan’s Yuko Kiryu
Heavyweight Champion Evgeny Erokhin with WSOF Global Championship Philippines owner Ms. Dunesa Hesser.

Heavyweight Champion Evgeny Erokhin with WSOF Global Championship Philippines owner Ms. Dunesa Hesser.

World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) brought the world to Philippines and the fans were thrilled with two highlight-reel knockouts and three superb submissions.

The main event ended with a thunderous knockout, as WSOF-GC World Heavyweight Champion, Russia’s Evgeny Erokhin (15-4) sent United States’ Richard Odoms (11-3) to the canvas just 1:11 into the first round. The victory marks Erokhin’s first title defense and an unprecedented 10th straight knockout victory.

In the co-main event, rising Philippines’ sensation Mario Sismundo (3-2) was derailed by China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (6-3). It was an intense see-saw battle, with Maimai capturing and keeping the upper hand in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Other main card action saw the opening round of the WSOF-GC Flyweight Tournament. Lawrence DiGiulio (18-8-1) defeated Marcel Adur (11-5) via split decision. The other contest saw Japan’s Yusaku Nakamura (13-4-1) defeat Australia’s Tim Moore (10-6) via unanimous decision. This sets up a rematch of the class battle that DiGiulio had against Nakamura in Japan earlier this year. This rematch will be a 5-round affair for the inaugural WSOF-GC World Flyweight Championship, and is scheduled for later this year in Japan.

Also on the main card, fan-favorite and boxing superstar, Philippines’ Jujeath Nagaowa (3-0), defeated Japan’s Yuko Kiryu (2-3) via unanimous decision.

The main card started with a title fight, featuring the featherweight champion of WSOF-GC’s affiliate, Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA). “The Wolverine” Ahmed Mujtaba (7-0) successfully defended his title by making quick work of Philippines’ Neil Larano (2-1) with a triangle choke just 1:08 into the first round.

The night’s swing bout showcased a spirited contest between Brazil’s Nayara Hemily (4-3) against Philippines’ Jenelyn Olsim (2-1). Nayara was able to finish the fight in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Homegrown talent Jujeath Nagaowa debuts at WSOF-GC Philippines with a win against Yuko Kiryu of Japan.

Homegrown talent Jujeath Nagaowa debuts at WSOF-GC Philippines with a win against Yuko Kiryu of Japan.

On the undercard, two fighters making their pro debuts left the Global Decagon with victories. Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong (1-0) defeated Philippines’ Jessdan Dela Pena (0-2) via TKO in the second round. United States’ Katherine Roy (1-0) defeated Singapore’s May Ooi (2-2) via unanimous decision.

The fight that stole the show though, was the exciting, hard-hitting match featuring an international rivalry. Pakistan’s Uloomi Karim (6-3) handed India’s Yadwinder Singh (5-1) his first pro loss by unanimous decision. In a very emotional, and well-deserved sign of respect for one another’s countries, the two warriors posed together with their country flags to show a unity between the two nations. It was an emotional moment and both fighters represented their countries with honor and pride. It was truly “Fight of the Night” in more ways than one.

Official Results:
  • Evgeny Erokhin (15-4) defeats Richard Odoms (11-3) via KO R1 1:11 – Referee Jetro Chungalayo
  • Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (6-3) defeats Mario Sismundo (3-2) via rear-naked choke R2 2:57 – Referee Noriel Akeysho
  • Yusaka Nakamura (13-4-1) defeats Tim Moore (10-6) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Chungalayo
  • Jujeath Nagaowa (3-0) defeats Yuko Kiryu (2-3) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Nicolas Bassig
  • Lawrence DiGiulio (18-8-1) defeatus Marcel Adur (11-5) via SD 29-28/28-29/30-27 – Referee Akeysho
  • Ahmed Mujtaba (7-0) defeats Neil Larano (2-1) via triangle choke R1 1:08 – Referee Akeysho
  • Nayara Hemily (4-3) defeats Jenelyn Olsim (2-1) via rear-naked choke R2 3:50 – Referee Bassig
  • Kelvin Ong (1-0) defeats Jessdan Dela Pena (0-2) via TKO R2 0:24 – Referee Chungalayo
  • Uloomi Karim (6-3) defeats Yadwinder Singh (5-1) via UD 30-27/30-27/29-28 – Referee Bassig
  • Katherine Roy (1-0) defeats May Ooi (2-2) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Noriel Acquisio

World Series of Fighting Global’s ultimate mission is to bring together the best athletes from countries and organizations across the world to compete for a true, globally-recognized world champion.

Disclaimer: This is an official press statement from PR and printed in whole.

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Five Filipino MMA Fighters Face Contenders in World Series of Fighting Global Championship


World Series of Fighting – Global Championship announced five exciting matches featuring Filipino mixed martial arts fighters in its fight card for the upcoming event WSOF-GC3 on July 30, 2016, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Filipino MMA fighters will take on the world in the inaugural WSOF event in the Philippines as they face their respective opponents from China, Brazil, Pakistan and two from Malaysia.

Mario Sismundo (3-1) will be in the spotlight as the co-main event, when he takes on China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (5-3). Mario’s charisma and charm has captivated the Philippines’ fan base. The relationship between Philippines and China has been toxic due to disputes over territories in West Philippines Sea and South China Sea.  This fight will have national pride on the line.

The feature female bout of the night showcases Jujeath Nagaowa (2-0), a former professional boxer who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Atomweight Title and WIBA International Light Flyweight Title.  The “Bad Girl” will be taking on Malaysia’s Audreylaura Boniface (1-1), who is a doctor in her daily profession. 

The lead fight on the undercard features undefeated rising MMA prospect, Neil Larano (2-0). He will be taking on Pakistan’s Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba (6-0).  With neither of these fighters having tasted defeat before, this is sure to be a spectacular match.

Jenelyn Olsim (2-0) is coming off an impressive win against Australia’s Claire Fryer.  Her undefeated record will face a whole new test against Brazil’s Nayara Hemily (3-3).

Rounding out the action is local Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA) matchmaker, Jessdan Dela Pena, who will welcome the pro debut of Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong.

“I have goosebumps!” Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker for WSOF-GC. “This is such an exciting concept – Philippines Versus the World.  We used a similar concept in Japan with the international fighters winning 5-3. The fans are the real winners here. This is an opportunity for them to see other international combatants against some of their local heroes. It also gives Filipino fighters a chance to measure themselves against their counterparts. I can say with certainty that there has never been an event like this here in Philippines.”

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

“WSOF-GC Owner, Dunesa Hesser, adds, “If that wasn’t exciting enough, one lucky fan is going to win one million pesos the night of the fight. We have been working with TicketNet and DTI to make this event extra special for one lucky fan. We will announce the winning ticket number during the fight. Someone other than the winning fighters is going to be walking away with a big smile that night.”

The main event features the WSOF-GC Heavyweight Championship title. Evgeny Erokhin (14-14) will defend his title against the number contender Richard Odoms (11-2).

Two matches will feature Flyweight Tournament, where the winners will fight for the WSOF Flyweight Championship Title in the future. The fight card includes Yusaku Nakamura (12-4) vs. Tim Moore (10-5), and Lawrence DiGuilio (17-8-1) vx. Marcel Adur (11-4).

WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at Php300.00 with ringside seats available for Php4,000.00. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketnet.com.ph/WSOF-GC3-PHxWorld.

Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III “The Thrilla in Manila”.

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