Though it may not have been on the scale of their UFC championship clashes, the heavyweight tilt between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski was one of the most anticipated bouts at today’s ONE FC: Pride of a Nation event in Manila. And, when the two big men locked horns, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Unfortunately, the bout’s result could not boast the same.
Sylvia and Arlovski slugged it out with the “Pitbull” showing his superiority throughout including in a sequence ultimately setting up the clash’s conclusion. Arlovski dropped “The Maine-iac” with a slick combo and then rushed in for the finish, throwing a pair of soccer kicks to the downed Sylvia. Though such strikes are legal in the organization, the referee must first give a fighter the green-light to throw them and hadn’t in the case of Arlovski.
The 36-year old Sylvia was then given a chance to recover but ultimately said he could not continue and the bout was ruled a No Contest. With both men under contract to ONE FC it seems likely they may meet again, possibly in October when the company returns with another card.
Also worth noting, former DREAM champion Bibiano Fernandes made a successful debut under the promotion’s banner, while Phil Baroni scored an opening round knockout and Jens Pulver fell by way of strikes in the second stanza of his scrap.
Read below for a full list of ONE FC: Pride of a Nation results:
Honorio Banario def. Andrew Benibe via Knockout Round 3 (Strikes)
Shannon Wiratchai def. Mitch Chilson via Knockout Round 2 (Soccer Kick)
Phil Baroni def. Rodrigo Ribeiro via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Gregor Gracie def. Nicholas Mann via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Sool Chul Kim def. Kevin Belingon via Unanimous Decision
Jung Hwan Cha def. Igor Gracie via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Rolles Gracie def. Tony Bonello via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Eric Kelly def. Jens Pulver via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia ruled No Contest (Illegal Kick to Downed Opponent)
Eduard Folayang def. Felipe Enomoto via Unanimous Decision
Bibiano Fernandes def. Gustavo Falciroli via Unanimous Decision