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Ev Ting vs Ariel Sexton bout at ‘ONE: Quest for Gold’ ends in split decision

Ariel Sexton, Olivier Coste, Ev Ting

Ariel Sexton, Olivier Coste, Ev Ting

Ev “E.T.” Ting, 28, of Malaysia failed to either submit or knock out Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton, 36, of Costa Rica at “ONE: Quest for Gold.” The two were neck and neck so after three five-minute rounds, the judges came up with a split decision in favor of the Kiwi-Malaysian contender.

During the 15-minute match, Ting tossed Sexton to the ground. When the Costa Rican contender began to slow down, his Kiwi-Malaysian opponent punished him with more leg kicks and cruel combinations.

Beating Sexton upgraded Ting’s professional MMA record to 15 wins and 4 losses. Out of those 15 wins, 3 were won via split decision.

Ting’s first win via split decision took place at “SFC 8: Triple Threat” on July 30, 2011 at the West Wave Waitakere City Aquatic Centre in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand. He defeated Mark “Tyson” Abelardo, 26, who was fighting out of Auckland.

The second time Ting won via split decision was at “ONE: Throne of Tigers” at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 10, 2017. He defeated Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorus, 40.

Out of Ting’s 4 losses, 1 was also via split decision. In a featherweight bout at “Legend FC 11” on April 27, 2013 at the Chin Woo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, majority of the judges scored in favor of his South Korean opponent “Crusader” Young Gwang Choi, 31.

On the other hand, Sexton had never lost via split decision before facing Ting at “ONE: Quest for Gold.” The Costa Rican fighter now has 11 wins and 4 losses.

The lightweight bout between Ting and Sexton was refereed by Olivier Coste. It was the co-main event of “ONE: Quest for Gold,” which took place on February 23, 2018 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

Here is a short clip featuring Ting:

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