April 12, 2019

Ramon Gonzales Submits Akihiro Fujisawa In The Opening Bout Of One Championship: Roots Of Honor

Ramon Gonzales of the Philippines fought like he was in a rush to catch an early train to Bicol. Gonzales aka The Bicolano made quick work of Japan's Akihiro Fujisawa by making him tap in the very first round with a nasty guillotine choke. The two prospects locked horns in the opening bout for One Championship: Roots of Honor which is currently being held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With the victory, Gonzales improves his record to four wins and two losses. Gonzales debuted in the One Championship in March of 2015. He had a rough start as he went on to lose his first two bouts under the promotion. He bounced back by winning his last three bouts including the one with Fujisawa. All three victories came via submission.

This is Fujisawa's first loss since he went professional in 2008. Prior to his bout with Gonzales, he was undefeated in One Championship. He previously fought in other organizations namely Full Metal Dojo and Rings.

Other Filipinos fighting in the event are Eric Kelly, Edward Kelly (brother of Eric), and Joshua Pacio. Eric will be facing Kai Tang of China while his younger brother Edward will face Sung Jong Lee of South Korea. Pacio on the other hand will try to reclaim his strawweight belt from Yosuke Saruta of Japan. Saruta took Pacio's belt last January via split decision.