Fighting out of Borneo Tribal Squad in Sabah, Hisyam’s match against The Terminator serves as a curtain-raiser attraction for ONE: Iron Will where Sunoto done one better to woe three judges to win it by unanimous decision. Courtesy pix

MALAYSIAN mixed martial arts (MMA) standout Hisyam Samsudin failed to shine at the Impact Arena in Bangkok after losing a three-round bantamweight battle against Indonesia’s Sunoto Peringkat.

Fighting out of Borneo Tribal Squad in Sabah, Hisyam’s match against The Terminator serves as a curtain-raiser attraction for ONE: Iron Will where Sunoto done one better to woe three judges to win it by unanimous decision.

Sunoto, 32, used his impeccable grappling and ground skills to burn out his opponent as Hisyam attributed his loss to weak takedown defense.

Hisyam, who walked into the cage with a 2-3-0 career record, has been preparing since February after he found out that he was set to fight in front of home crowd at ONE’s Visions of Victory.

However, his fight against then opponent Liberian Jerome S. Paye, was cancelled.

“I fought Sunoto and it didn’t go my way but it’s ok. I tried my best and gave it my all but I’m never going to give up.”

“I will fight again so just wait and I’ll be fighting soon,” he said as he harbours hopes to fight in front of his home nation at ONE: Pursuit of Power on July 13 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

Main event of the night in Thailand saw Australia’s Martin Nguyen’s hopes to become the first-ever MMA exponent to be awarded three division titles and belts dashed as Brazil’s Bibiano Fernandes outlasted him to retain the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.

In the gruelling five-round title tiff, Fernandes took the win via razor-thin split decision and further cemented his reputation as a bantamweight fighter, earning him a record eight title defense to remain the most dominant ONE world champion in history.

The next stop on ONE’s calendar will be Heroes of Honour at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila where Filipino Kevin Belingon is to take on fellow contender Andrew Leone in a bamtamweight division clash.

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