By LITO DELOS REYES
MANILA, Philippines — Former boxer Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa used her boxing skills to beat Japanese Yuko Kiryu by a unanimous decision in the Female Fight of the Night of the World Series of Fighting-Global Championship 3 held Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
Nagaowa, a former Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) International light flyweight champion, opened a cut on Kiryu’s right eye with her solid right early in the first round.
Kiryu, who now has 2 wins and 3 losses, tried to use her ground strokes but Nagaowa was also very slippery to handle. The native from Natonin, Mountain Province continued to dominate the remaining two rounds to earn identical scores of 30-27 from the three judges.
“Masayang Masaya po ako sa aking panalo at successful na pagbabalik sa MMA,” said Nagaowa, who was still mentored by her boxing trainer Joven Jorda and his assistants from the Highland Boxing and MMA Gym of La Trinidad, Benguet.
It was the third win against no loss or draw by Nagaowa, who was making a comeback in the cage after retiring from professional boxing early this year.
In her last boxing fight, Nagaowa dropped a unanimous decision to defending champion Su-Yun Hong for the WIBA World light flyweight title held last April 29 in South Korea.
WSOF-GC owner Dunessa Husser said that Nagaowa could probably next see action in Japan or China for the next WSOF-GC.
“Ready po akong mag laro uli sa WSOF,” said the 28-year old Nagaowa, who retired from pro boxing with a record of 13 wins, 17 losses and 1 draw.
Nagaowa was the only Filipino fighter who won in the WSOF-GC 3.
Mario “Pacman” Sismundo of Fitbox Fitness bowed to Chinese Keremuaili Maitamtituohati of Dacheng Wuyi via tapped out due to rear-naked-choke in the second round.
The 37-year old Sismundo dominated the first round with his boxing skills before he was caught by his Chinese foe in the co-main event. It was only Sismundo’s second loss against three wins while Maitamtituohati improved to 6-3.
Neil Larano (2-1) of FIST Gym bowed to WSOF-GC’s affiliate, Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA) featherweight champion Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba of Team Fight Fortress-Pakistan by submission via a triangle choke in 1:08 of the first round.
Jessdan dela Pena of Bulldog’s Gym lost to Malaysian Kelvin Ong of Borneo Tribal Squad by a technical knockout via ground-and-pound in 24 seconds of the second round.
Jennifer Olsim of Tribal Submission Team Torogi lost to Brazilian Nayara Hemily of Rio Extreme Fight via submission (rear-naked-choke) in the second round of the night’s swing bout.
Meanwhile, Russian Evgeny Erokhin knocked out American Richard Odoms with a solid punch in 1:11 of the first round to retain the WSOF-GC World heavyweight title.
It was Erokhin’s first title defense and unprecedented 10th straight knockout victory to improve his record to 15 wins against four losses while Odom dropped to 11-3.
In 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.
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.
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