Torres: Lone bright spot in Hero’s Dream

Jomary Torres seems to developing this habit of preventing a shootout for the Philippines as once again proved to be the lone bright spot for the Filipino fighters in a ONE event.

Torres defeated Indonesian grappling specialist Nita Dea by unanimous decision after three rounds in a three-round atomweight contest served as the curtain-raiser when three other Filipinos did not fare well in their bouts.

Torres utilized her speed and power to connect a fury of hits to Dea. Whenever the action goes on the mat, Torres also dominated Dea to earn the judges’ nod.

Torres went for the takedown early and brought the action to the ground. She would then work to take a mount or side control.

Dea remained active and reversed the position but also almost fell victim to rear-naked choke holds from Torres in doing so.

Dea would rocked Torres with a knee to the chin in the third round but the momentarily stunned Torres still brought the three-time Indonesian Sanda Champion back to to the canvas and closed out the contest in the full-mount.

Torres improves here fight career record to 3-0 after this win.

It was the second time Torres prevented a shootout for the Philippines. She came back from three take downs in the first round during ONE Championship’s Kings and Conquerors event last August 5, 2017 to delivered the first career loss of Rika Ishige with a submission in Macao where Joshua Pacio and Eric Kelly were both dispatched in abbreviated fashion by their respective opponents.

On the other hand, Filipino striker Eugene Toquero, Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado, and Burn “Hitman” Soriano fell victims to their foreign rivals.

Toquero, a Muay Thai specialist and former celebrity fitness coach, became a victim of China’s “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin’s armbar in the first round and was forced to tap out.

Miado engaged Thai martial arts prospect Pongsiri Mitsatit with a plan to take the action on the canvas to negate Mitsatit’s ultra aggressive stance to bring the action right to Miado.

His plans, however, failed to materialize and unable to neutralize Mitsatit’s striking advantage as he stopped Miado in the second round by forcing a verbal tapout.

Soriano and “Rock Man” Chen Lei of China provided fans with a tremendous display of offense in a short contest that lasted just under two rounds.

After an incredible first round which saw Chen score major points for his cage control and powerful strikes, Soriano came back towards the end and nearly submitted the Chinese warrior with an armbar. Chen was eventually saved by the bell.

Chen then took Soriano to the mat in the second and quickly secured full mount, stopping him with ground-and-pound.

By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS

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