The Philippines' Eric "The Natural" Kelly gets his hand raised after pulling off a rousing victory against Australia's Rob Lisita.
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino fighter Eric Kelly pulled off a gutsy win by forcing Australian bruiser Rob Lisita to tap out in their title eliminator in the main event of "ONE FC: War of Dragons" at the NTU Sports Center in Taiwan on Friday night.
The “Ruthless” staggered Kelly with several haymakers right from the opening bell.
Despite suffering heavy bleeding from the nose, “The Natural” was able to turn the table on Lisita by catching the Australian with a rear naked choke. This forced the Ruthless to tap out at 3:43 of Round 2.
With the win, Kelly will be lined up for a title fight against reigning ONE FC feather weight champion Koji Oishi.
Prior to the bout, the Benguet-born fighter promised that he will fight tooth-and-nail to get another shot at the featherweight crown.
He has been away from ONE FC since losing his first title shot against fellow Filipino Honorio Banario.
“This year that I've been away from ONE FC, I'm training hard to get back to the championship belt again,” said Kelly. “I have to win every fight and I'll do anything to win this fight.”
The Filipino improved his professional record to 11 wins against 1 defeat, while handing Lisita’s 6th loss in 20 fights.