Brazil’s Rafael Nunes finishes Eric Kelly with D’Arce choke

Rafael Nunes, Yuji Shimada, Eric Kelly

Rafael Nunes, Yuji Shimada, Eric Kelly

Rafael “Indio” Nunes, 30, of Brazil faced Eric “The Natural” Kelly, 35, of the Philippines at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila. They competed in the featherweight division.

Nunes made a triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage after two years away from competition to defeat Kelly by second-round submission. The Brazilian fighter, who is a Muay Thai specialist, kept his Filipino opponent, who is a featherweight veteran, on the defensive with his striking before taking matters to the ground and sinking in a deep d’arce choke to score the finish.

This improved Nunes’s record to 11 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Kelly’s record downgraded to 12 wins and 5 losses.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Global Superheroes,” Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, unveiled an improved grappling game, submitting China’s Lan Ming Qiang, 24, via rear naked choke in the very first round. In the main event, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28, of Baguio City, Philippines clinched the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship, edging Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 30, by unanimous decision in an exhilarating five-round title tilt.

Here is the complete list of “ONE: Global Superheroes” results:

  • ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Kairat Akhmetov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio defeats Lan Ming Qiang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:01 minutes of round 1
  • Featherweight bout: Rafael Nunes defeats Eric Kelly by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:31 minutes of round 2
  • Muay Thai bout: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defeats Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 2
  • Flyweight bout: Ma Hao Bin defeats Sotir Kichukov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Yago Bryan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:03 minutes of round 1
  • Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout (KO) at 3:33 minutes of round 1
  • Featherweight bout: Edward Kelly defeats Meas Meul by Knockout (KO) at 0:21 minutes of round 1
  • Women’s strawweight bout: Jomary Torres defeats April Osenio by Knockout (KO) at 0:40 minutes of round 1
  • Lightweight bout: Rajinder Singh Meena defeats Zhang Ze Hao by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Adrian Mattheis defeats Eddey Kalai by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15 minutes of round 1


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