MMA

Tribal Torogi’s Ismael Bandiwan earns 2nd Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series win in Singapore

Training out of Tribal Torogi in Baguio City, Philippines, Ismael Bandiwan, 23, was one of the winners in “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 5. It was his second victory in the subsidiary of ONE Championship headed by mixed martial arts veteran Rich Franklin, 44.

“ONE Warrior Series” Season 5 took place in Singapore on April 25, 2019. In the fourth bout of the day, Bandiwan fought Arif “Ayep SC” Izzudin, 28, who is training of Equinox MMA in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Bandiwan and Izzudin competed in the strawweight division. Early in the first round, the Malaysian contender made an attempt to end the bout through submission.

However, Izzudin failed to choke out Bandiwan. In the end, the Filipino contender won via doctor stoppage.

Izzudin was one of the two Malaysian contenders in “ONE Warrior Series” Season 5 while Bandiwan was one of the two contenders. Aside from Malaysia and the Philippines, the other countries represented were Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Korea, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand and the United States.

Losing to Bandiwan in “ONE Warrior Series” Season 5 downgraded Izzudin’s professional MMA record to 1 win and 1 loss. It was the Equinox MMA fighter’s debut in the ONE Championship subsidiary.

On the other hand, Bandiwan now has 5 wins and 2 losses. It was the Tribal Torogi athlete’s fourth bout in “ONE Warrior Series,” the first one of which gave him a unanimous decision victory of “The Underdog” Mohd Fouzein of Malaysia in the inaugural event at Zepp@Big Box in Singapore on March 31, 2018.

But on July 19, 2019, Bandiwan lost to Mark Cuizon of the Philippines via unanimous decision in “ONE Warrior Series” Season 2 at Zepp@Big Box. On October 11, 2018, Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada, 23, of Japan submitted the Tribal Torogi fighter via armbar in “ONE Warrior Series” Season 3 also at Zepp@Big Box.

The other Filipino fighter who competed in “ONE Warrior Series” Season 5 was Jerry Olsim, 24, who trains out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Meanwhile, get to know more about Bandiwan here:

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