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Renato Sobral submits opponent, Roger Huerta rocked at ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors

Asian organization ONE FC returned this weekend with another solid show featuring a slew of regional talent and a handful of familiar faces in the form of ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors. The event, held in Kuala Lumpur, was headlined by Strikeforce/UFC veteran Renato Sobral returning to the ring for the first time since a 2010 loss to Dan Henderson in hopes of reminding the world why he was at one point considered to be Top 10 talent.

While “Babalu” still has a ways to go before reasserting himself as a true threat, the 36-year old still looked sharp en route to victory. Sobral only needed 31-seconds to dispatch of opponent Tatsuya Mizuno, latching on to an Armbar after his Japanese foe scored an early takedown. The victory improved Sobral’s overall record to 37-9 and was the nineteenth submission of his career.

Meanwhile, fan-favorite Roger Huerta was not as fortunate as Sobral in his respective rumble against late replacement Zorobabel Moreira. Huerta, who entered the fight having lost five of his last six outings after winning sixteen straight, was left in la-la land thanks to a brutal soccer kick in the third round of their bout. It was his third consecutive strike-based stumble, a fact made more concerning by the notion he had never lost by way of knockout prior to the slide.

Read below for a complete list of ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors results:

Peter Davis def. Kim Quek Hong via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Marcos Escobar def. Rodrigo Praxedes via Submission Round 3 (D’Arce Choke)
Mitch Chilson def. AJ Vaa via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Arnauld Lepont def. Brian Choi via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Eric Kelly def. Bae Young Kwon via Unanimous Decision
Adam Shahir Kayoom def. Gregor Gracie via Unanimous Decision
Leandro Issa def. Masakazu Imanari via Unanimous Decision
Zorobabel Moreira def. Roger Huerta via Knockout Round 2 (Soccer Kick)
Renato Sobral def. Tatsuya Mizuno via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Huerta’s loss has sparked an interesting debate on whats more dangerous, standing head kick, or a soccer kick. Seems to be quite a few people who think a standing head kick is more dangerous and they should bring back soccer kicks, personally I don’t see that.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Soccer kicks make it look too much like a classless street fight. I doubt they ever come back, logical arguments notwithstanding.

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  • Rich S. says:

    Ouch. This was a particularly brutal soccer kick. Roger was already out on his feet and when he went down to the ground he had no idea where he was and made no attempt to defend himself.

    Moreira looked at the ref and I’m not sure but it sounded like the ref was shouting “Don’t kick! Don’t kick!” … and then BAM.

    It was like something a villain would do in a martial arts flick. Can’t blame him, though. The ref should’ve gotten in there sooner.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Now I gotta go google that kick

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