It is four years since Carlo Bumina-ang’s last fight but the Filipino showed no signs of ring rust at ONE Friday Fights 27. He needed less than a minute to finish outmatched Iranian Reza Saedi in the first bout of the night at Lumpinee Stadium.
Bumina-ang looked sharp in the early exchanges of this bantamweight bout as the Filipino southpaw scored with some solid left kicks to the body. A left hook stopped the Iranian in his tracks and from that point onwards the Team Lakay prospect was ruthless.
The 29 year old threw a flurry of hooks and knocked Saedi down. He got straight back to his feet only to find himself on the receiving end of more punches to the body and head.
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One way traffic
It was one way traffic and the end looked inevitable. As Saedi looked to cover up he made the mistake of crouching down and ate two knees to the head.
From there the Iranian collapsed and Bumina-ang barely had time to land a follow up punch before referee Herb Dean stepped in to save Saedi from further punishment He becomes the latest in a line of up and coming Team Lakay fighters to enjoy success on the weekly ONE Championship events at Lumpinee Stadium.
The finish came at the 0:50 mark and sees Bumina-ang improve his record to 2-0. The Filipino will be hoping he doesn’t have to wait four years for his next fight while Saedi (1-1) will probably be needing some time off after taking some sustained punishment.
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Best of the rest
In the other MMA fight on the card Lawrence Philips took on Roman Lukashevich in a battle between two previously undefeated heavyweights. The American had two previous ONE Championship wins while the Russian was making his promotional debut.
Philipps spent nearly the entire opening round defending a heel hook attempt although he never looked in any real danger. He was taken down at the start of the second and the American landed some punches but soon found himself defending against another heel hook attempt.
The third round was all Philipps. He hurt Lukashevich with a head kick and then scored with some ground and pound as the Russian tried and failed to take him down.
Lukashevich looked for another heel hook but Philipps appeared to be completely comfortable in the position. But he switched to a knee bar and with less than a minute remaining in the round the American finally tapped.
The finish came at the 4:06 mark and sees Roman Lukashevich improve to 5-0. Philips drops to 3-1 after suffering the first loss of his MMA career.