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Moldova’s Iuri Lapicus earns 2nd ONE Championship win, submits Russia’s Marat Gafurov at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Code’ in Indonesia

Iuri Lapicus, Kemp Cheng, Marat Gafurov (©ONE Championship)

Iuri Lapicus, Kemp Cheng, Marat Gafurov (©ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Moldova by way of Italy, Team Petrosyan’s Iuri Lapicus, 24, has earned his second victory in ONE Championship. The undefeated Moldovan-Italian mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.”

Featuring three Muay Thai contests and eight MMA bouts, ONE Championship held “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 7, 2020. In the ninth bout of the evening, Lapicus competed in an MMA bout in the lightweight division against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 35, of Russia.

Kemp Cheng served as the referee. Gafurov looked to make a triumphant debut in the lightweight division but Lapicus had other plans.

In the early going, Lapicus reversed a takedown attempt from Gafurov and immediately took the Russian fighter’s back. From there, the Moldovan-Italian contender locked in a rear naked choke.

Cheng put a stop to the lightweight contest after 1 minute and 7 seconds in the first round. Gafurov was left with no other choice but to tap out.

Losing to Lapicus downgraded the professional MMA record of Gafurov to 17 wins and 3 losses. It was the 11th ONE Championship bout of the Russian contender, who is training out of Top Team Makhachkala.

On the other hand, it marked the second outing of Lapicus in ONE Championship. He now has 14 wins and 0 loss.

Including Italy, Moldova and Russia, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cyprus, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Timor Leste and the United Kingdom.

Gafurov solely represented Russia. Lapicus was also the sole representative of both Italy and Moldova.

The first ONE Championship opponent Saputra defeated was Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 31, of Thailand. Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Warrior’s Code” recap:

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