Growth continues, Sobral defeats Mizuno at One FC 4

Although The Fight Network aired One FC 4 “Destiny of Warriors” live June 23rd the Canadian cable channel at this time has no re-air dates, too bad because the relatively new promotion is the heir apparent in Asia now that DREAM and Sengoku are no more.  Fans outside Canada could see the undercard for free on but had to pay $9.99 for the main card.  One FC 4 took place at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The main event between UFC vet Renato “Babalu” Sobral and DREAM vet Masakazu Imanari was rather disappointing as it lasted only 31 seconds.  Imanari stunned Sobral but found himself in Babalu’s guard where Sobral transitioned to an early armbar for the win.

Originally Roger Huerta was to face fellow UFC vet Phil Baroni however after Baroni lost by TKO in Ring of Fire June 2nd he was replaced by Zorobabel Moreira, a relative unknown out of Evolve Gym at the time with a 6-1 record and a drastically different fighting style than Baroni.  Round 1 was mostly Huerta pushing the pace while “Zoro” tried to find his range, round 2 was all “Zoro” as he landed mostly knees and kicks, finally stunning Huerta with a straight right hand and finishing with a head kick for the KO.

At this time there is no word on the next One FC show but given the promotion’s growth and early following expect them to be the size of Sengoku in that show’s prime by year’s end.

One FC 4 results:

Peter Davis def. Kim Hock Quek 0:55 R1 by TKO
Marcos Escobar def. Rodrigo Praxedes 1:05 R3 by brabo choke
Mitch Chilson def. A.J. Vaa 1:39 R1 by rear-naked choke
Arnaud Lepont def. Brian Choi 1:38 R3 by rear-naked choke
Eric Kelly def. Bae Young Kwon by unanimous decision
Adam Shahir Kayoom def. Gregor Gracie by unanimous decision
Leandro Issa def. Masakazu Imanari by unanimous decision
Zorobabel Moreira def. Roger Huerta 3:53 R2 by KO
Renato Sobral def. Tatsuya Mizuno 0:31 R1 by armbar