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By Suhas Bhat reporting from Manila
The Baguio outfit had high hopes of achieving success for Philippines MMA but Rey Docyogen, Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio suffered decision losses in their respective bouts at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Docyogen put up the best show as he was successful with several high kicks against Yasuhiro Urushitani in the opening two rounds.
Moreover, the local fighter's low centre of gravity allowed him to dodge Urushitani's lunges and he ran around the cage to minimise any damage received.
The fleetfooted Docyogen did suffer a nosebleed in the third round, though, and it prompted the referee to call a time-out as his Japanese opponent expressed his frustration at the Team Lakay man's unwillingness to stand his ground.
Docyogen gambled that he could see out the fight in this manner although he was punished for his indirect approach as the judges awarded a split decision in Urushitani's favour.
Earlier, Folayang took on Kamil Shalorus and suffered in a similar fashion as his wayward kicks did not cause the Iranian too much trouble over three rounds.
Shalorus even trapped Folayang in a head lock that was nearly converted to a guillotine choke in the final round as the judges awarded the Iranian the unanimous decision victory.
Eustaquio fared the poorest for the home contingent as he was no match for Phuket Top Team's Andrew Leone who demonstrated great back control throughout the fight.
Lowen Tynanes was another American who made his fight against Felipe Enomoto look like an utter mismatch as he locked out Enomoto's left arm with his leg and trapped his right arm, freeing up the head for regular punches. He then executed a crucifix hold that saw him contain the Japanese at his utter mercy and was duly awarded a TKO win via strikes at 2:41.
The result also ensured that 27-year-old maintained his perfect record with the fifth straight win of his career.
But it was a painful night for Long Island native Phil Baroni as he dislocated his ankle when fighting Nobutatsu Suzuki. Known for his ferocious striking ability, Baroni actually attempted several takedowns early on but a couple of knee attacks and then some well-timed punches by the Japanese made the American suffer his injury. He had to be stretchered off as the referee awarded the KO win to Suzuki at 4:17 in the first round.
Tony Johnson Jr won the heavyweight contest against former UFC champion Tim Sylvia as he bruised the older man in the final round, leading to a TKO via doctor's stoppage at 3:25.
And Canadian Ryan Diaz, returning to the cage after an absence of nearly three years, was the victim of an anaconda choke against Yusup Saadulaev with the Russian achieving his first One FC win after three previous failures in the competition.
Koji Oishi def. Honorio Banario by knockout at 1:45 minutes of round 2
Bibiano Fernandes def. Koetsu Okazaki by unanimous decision.
Masakatsu Ueda def. Kevin Belingon by unanimous decision.
Yasuhiro Urushitani def. Rey Docyogen by split decision.
Nobutatsu Suzuki def. Phil Baroni by knockout at 4:17 minutes of round 1
Kamal Shalorus def. Eduard Folayang by unanimous decision.
Andrew Leone def. Geje Eustaquio by unanimous decision.
Yusup Saadulaev def. Ryan Diaz by anaconda submission at 2:57 minutes of round 2
Lowen Tynanes def. Felipe Enomoto by TKO at 2:41 minutes of round 1
Tony Johnson def. Tim Sylvia at 3:25 minutes by TKO due to doctor stoppage of round 2.