Ting calls out ‘Cobra’ after victory over Kelly

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In the Malaysia Warrior Bout main event, an exhausted Ev Ting pulled out a gutsy victory over Eric “The Natural” Kelly of the Philippines, winning by submission at 1:58 in round three on Friday night, January 29 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Ting dominated the striking exchanges throughout the bout, blasting Kelly with various combinations. 

Kelly spent most of his time defending against Ting’s aggression, biding his time and pacing himself for a distance finish. 

However in the third, Ting latched on a standing Guillotine that transitioned into a mounted Guillotine, leaving Kelly no choice but to tap out.

It was only Kelly's second defeat as a professional mixed martial artist. Kelly dropped to 12-2 while Ting improved his record to 11-3. 

After the victory, Ting took the time to call out reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion, Marat "Cobra" Gafurov.

“Marat Gafurov I’m coming for you, where is that belt at?," said Ting, looking for a shot at the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

The loss sent Kelly reeling back to re-evaluate his career and decide how he should proceed.

The loss was a dampener after two other fighters – Geje Eustaquio and Eduard Folayang – won their fights in the undercard of the ONE Championship card in Malaysia.