The 24-year-old Malaysian hero looked sharp with his strikes and grappling defense as he shut down his rival’s attempts to turn this contest into a wrestling match and found a home for his quick punching combinations at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Malaysian sensation Aiman Muhammad kicks off ONE: DAWN OF HEROES with an impressive striking display to claim a unanimous decision victory over Sunoto!: Check local listings for global TV broadcast: Watch on the ONE Super App http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, August 2, 2019
Sunoto did not hesitate to shoot for a takedown, but Aiman shrugged off the attempt and looked to counter with his boxing.
The Indonesian bantamweight got his rival to the mat on the third attempt, but he could not do much before “Jungle Cat” popped back up. Once he was back on his feet, he began to find a home for his left hook and opened up with some high kicks.
“The Terminator” began the second stanza by looking more confident with his striking as he fired his right hand, but he got shut down again when he tried to impose his ground game.
The Malaysian athlete stayed loose as he switched stances and changed levels and started to take control with his straight punches. Almost every blow that came from his opponent from IndoGym and Team Phantom MMA was returned with interest by “Jungle Cat.”
Aiman picked up the pace and increased the pressure in the final frame as he started to initiate the exchanges and land strikes in combination as he exploded forward.
The Bali MMA-trained athlete then jumped guard to attempt a guillotine choke when he was pushed into the corner of the ring, but he could not get the finish.
However, when he backed Sunoto against the ropes, he landed the most significant strikes of the match, including a big right hand that shook the man from Jakarta for a split-second.
After 15 minutes, all three judges’ cards went to Aiman, which gave him the win by unanimous decision and improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 6-3.