ONE Hero Series 4 took place in Beijing this afternoon and saw two of China’s top strawweights go head to head. The fight produced tremendous back and forth action with Ze Ru ultimately prevailing over Li Zhe courtesy of a first round rear naked choke.
Zhe seemed reluctant to engage in any striking exchanges but wasted no time in grabbing a body lock and taking Ru down. He moved from half guard to north-south position but was unable to mount any effective offence.
Ru escaped and worked his way up only to be taken down immediately. Zhe had a high back mount but wasn’t in position to lock in a rear naked choke and slipped out and ended up on his back.
This time Ru elected to get Zhe to stand but the former immediately grabbed a body lock and transitioned to a single leg. Takedown complete, he moved into side control and tried for an ambitious armbar attempt which never looked like succeeding.
Once again Ru found himself in top position and he elected to stay there, raining down punches as Zhe threw his legs up in search of a potential triangle or armbar.
One of the shots appeared to have a profound effect on Zhe who rolled onto his back and covered his ears. Ru unloaded with punches to the side and back of the head with the referee issuing several warnings.
Zhe had one last burst of energy left but couldn’t use it to power out. Instead he left himself wide open for a rear naked choke with Ru locking in the submission to hand his opponent a first career loss.
It was Zhe’s third appearance on ONE Hero Series and his first defeat. He drops to 4-1-1 while Ru improves to 8-2 after tasting success on his promotional debut.
In a bantamweight bout Makeshate Sailike (8-4) registered his second ONE Hero Series with with a somewhat unorthodox TKO of Wurigenbayar (4-3). The Mongolian was unable to continue after being punched in the neck.