by: Gareth Griffiths

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Demitri "Narouque" Telfair emerged victorious in the main event at PRO Fighting 5 on Sunday, triumphing over Sang Il Lee via second round TKO. A closely-contested and aggressive first round saw lots of action on the feet and in the clinch as both fighters landed punches and knees. The contest had to be stopped on three occasions for low blows - twice to Lee and once to Telfair - but the interruptions did nothing to slow the relentless pace of the match.

As the second round got under way, it was Telfair who controlled the pace and direction of the fight with some more strong work from the clinch. During one exchange, the Taiwan BJJ & Muay Thai fighter landed two vicious right elbows, opening up a cut above Lee's left eye. The resilient Lee refused to give up and hostilities were resumed following a lengthy pause for the ringside doctor to assess the situation.

Telfair pressed forward again at the restart, stalking the now-cautious Lee. The fight went to the ground as Lee tried a trip takedown, but it was Telfair who muscled his way into a dominant position. Taking Lee's back, Telfair rained down blows, leaving the ref with no choice but to stop the fight, and Lee - and the canvas - a bloody mess.

In the co-main event, Wu Dong-xing's run of form in the PRO cage came to an abrupt end as Legacy Gym's Hampus Larsson's debut at heavyweight ended in a first round TKO victory for the Swede. Wu tried to overcome a 7-inch height disadvantage by pushing the pace, a tactic which met with a measure of success for a time.

Despite landing a number of heavy blows, and stopping Larsson from finding the space he needed to unleash his renowned knees, Wu got caught in one exchange. Larsson pounced on the dazed fighter, his torrent of unanswered blows forcing the ref to intervene and call the fight.

The second Legacy Gym fighter on the card made an even bigger impression on both the event and his opponent's head. Zebaztian Kadestam needed ten seconds and one punch to leave Seok Mo Kim supine on the canvas, and the crowd chanting "Replay! Replay!"

Another quick stoppage punctuated Andrew Leone's return to the PRO Fighting cage against Soo Chul Kim. Early in the first, the South Korean prodigy found himself in Leone's guard defending against a guillotine. Before anyone had a chance to blink, Kim's body went slack as he slipped into unconsciousness with thirty seconds yet to pass on the clock.

Two of the three remaining Taiwanese fighters on the card were successful in their matches. Sanda standout Zhang Jing-xiong overwhelmed Toby Holland, surprising everyone with his much-improved ground game. Reversing Holland on more than one occasion on the mat, Zhang was comfortably in control for much of the fight. Mixing acrobatic, if somewhat ambitious, armbar attempts with some good ground and pound, Zhang eventually forced the tap with a rear naked choke in the first round.

Zhang's countryman, Rocky Lee, was making his debut against Florian Garel. Lee, who trains with Demitri Telfair, was buoyed by strong support from the crowd and took Garel down early in the first. After securing mount against the cage, Lee landed a succession of heavy hammer fists before submitting Garel with a rear naked choke.

Garel's Taiwan Top Team stablemate, Lawrence Hughes, fared no better in his own PRO Fighting debut against Evolution Combat's Eliot Corley. Hughes displayed a lot of aggression with his striking early in the round, but Corley used his size and strength to submit Hughes with a standing guillotine.

The only matchup other than the main event to need more than one round was the opening bout between Young Bok Gil and Guo Si-xian. Young controlled the fight from start to finish, mixing up long periods of lazy circling on the feet with strong, controlling wrestling to earn the unanimous decision victory.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is the video of the main event