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.

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GenSan MMA Fighter Mario Sismundo is Ready for His Biggest Battle on July 30


Mario Sismundo is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelganger
One lucky ticket holder will win One Million Pesos on fight night

Mario Sismundo, who will fight on July 30 for the World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3: Philippines vs. the World card at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, says that he is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelgänger.

Mario, who once doubled for Manny Pacquiao for a TV commercial, and also hails from General Santos City, also has plans of his own to be a world-renowned fighter.   

The resemblance is striking, in fact, when he trains at Fitbox Gym in Makati, he is often mistaken as Manny Pacquiao.

“Sobrang na inspire ako na kamukha ko si Manny Pacquiao kasi yung kamukha ko o kahawig ko ay di ordinaryong tao, kungdi, sikat sa buong mundo dahil sa kanyang galing sa boxing, at isa pa siyang Senador ngayon.  Baka sa pagtiyatiyaga at sipag sa mga laban ko, isang araw, masundan ko rin ang yapak ng idolo ko,” Sismundo said.

“Malaking bagay na nakasali ako sa ganitong kalaking organization, na galing pating Amerika.  Tulad sa akin, na galing sa General Santos City na matagal nang naghintay ng pagkakataon makalaban sa malaking audience, malaking bagay po talaga.  Matagal ko po itong pinangarap at dinasal,” Sismundo continued.

This will be Mario Sismundo’s biggest fight in his entire boxing and MMA career, fighting for the first time in a 15,000-seater stadium in Quezon City, alongside fighters from all over the world.

Sismundo says that his family, specially his father, has been supportive of his career all this time.  

It is bittersweet though that at the biggest fight of his life, wherein his fight will be the co-main event on July 30, that his father won’t be able to watch it since he passed away just weeks ago. 

“Sa pinakamalaking laban ng buhay ko, na matagal niyang hinintay, wala na siya…pero hindi iyon hadlang para ako manghina o mawalan ng gana lumaban, bagkos, lalo ko pang pag-iigihan ang training ko para manalo sa laban na ito, dahil inaalay ko sa kanya ang laban na ito”, Sismundo says.

“At alam ko kahit wala na ang aking ama, manonood siya kahit nasa ibang mundo na siya”, adds Sismundo.

WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for Php4,000.00. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.etix.com/wsof-global-championship-ph.

A lucky member of the audience on July 30, 2016 at Smart Araneta Coliseum will win P1,000,000.00.  Visit www.wsofgc.com/raffle for details.  Promo period June 16 – July 30, 2016, DTI-NCR PERMIT #6130.


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