ONE: Masters of Fate was headlined by an all-Filipino strawwweight title fight. Champion Joshua Pacio defended his title with a second-round submission of compatriot Rene Catalan, finishing the 40-year-old with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang (22-8) snapped his two-fight losing skid with a technical decision win over Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa (5-2). The Filipino was cut by an unintentional headbutt midway through the second round, so the fight went to the scorecards.
There was also a big win for former champion Geje Eustaquio (13-8). He stopped Toni Tauru (11-8-1) with a spinning back kick to the midsection in the third round.
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Combate Americas on Tuesday announced that Tito Ortiz’s next fight would be against Alberto El Patrón (formerly “Alberto Del Rio” of the WWE).
Ortiz – a UFC Hall of Fame member, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and a pioneer of the sport – will square off with multiple-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, former Pan American Games Greco-Roman wrestling medalist, and former PRIDE MMA star El Patrón on Pay-Per-View on on Saturday, Dec. 7 from Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The bout will be at a 210-pound catchweight, with an unprecedented “winner take all” title belt challenge. If Ortiz emerges victorious in the bout, he will take possession of El Patrón’s WWE title belt. If El Patrón wins the fight, however, Ortiz will relinquish possession of his UFC title belt to his opponent.
Check out the highlights from Bellator 228. The opening round of the Bellator MMA Featherweight Grand Prix kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at The Forum in Los Angeles, California. The Bellator 228 fight card featured two main events with featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defending his title and advancing in the featherweight tournament and middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi avenging a previous loss to former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.
Bellator’s champ-champ, Ryan Bader stepped into the cage at Bellator 226 in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night, looking to make the first defense of his heavyweight championship. He didn’t lose the belt to fellow UFC veteran Cheick Kongo, but he didn’t defend the belt either.