Pinoy fighters come up short in Kuala Lumpur

Santino Honasan on Feb 10, 2017 10:14 PM
Pinoy fighters come up short in Kuala Lumpur
It was quite a rough night for Pinoy fighters Burn Soriano and Roy Doliguez in Kuala Lumpur. (Photos courtesy of ONE Championship)

It was quite a rough outing for Filipino fighters Burn "Hitman" Soriano and Roy Doliguez as both absorbed tough losses at ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers, Friday evening at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Soriano, who was coming off a 15-second highlight reel knockout win in his last fight, looked to do the same to hometown bet Saiful Merican. 

Soriano was aggressive early, landing some hard shots and eventually getting Merican on the mat. With seconds left in the first round, Soriano threatened for a Rear Naked Choke, but Merican managed to reverse the position and landed some hard shots inside Soriano's guard. 

As the Pinoy was trying to get back up, Merican landed a vicious knee to the head, followed by elbows  right before the first round came to a close. 

Soriano survived the round, but could not answer the call for the second round, and referee Yuji Shimada ended up waving the fight off, giving Merican the TKO victory. 

Soriano drops to 3-3 in his professional career. 

While his fight went on longer than Soriano's, the end result was the same for Doliguez, who tapped out to Brazilian Alex "Little Rock" Silva via armbar in the third round. 

An experienced boxer and former WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight champion, Doliguez put his crisp boxing to good use early on, keeping the Brazilian submission specialist at bay. Eventually, Silva would manage to take Doliguez down and dominate on the mat. 

The Pinoy held his own on the mat in the first round would have his moments in the standup department, but ultimately had no answer for Silva's takedowns and ground game. Silva would finish things off in the final round, taking Doliguez down and effortlessly moving into mount. As Doliguez tried to push off the wall, Silva transitioned into an armbar, forcing the Pinoy to tap out. 

Doliguez suffers his third straight loss, and has yet to pick up a win under the ONE Championship banner.  

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