Morocco, the Netherlands and Romania were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.
The fighters on the main card of “ONE: Roots of Honor” had their face-off during the press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 9, 2019. Led by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, the panel included representatives from sponsors namely Holcim Philippines Inc. senior vice president and head of sales William C. Sumalinog, City of Dreams Manila senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning and Grab Philippines transport team head Chris Taylor.
Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the 11th bout of the evening, Ibrahim “Mr. Cool” El Bouni, 26, of Morocco and the Netherlands faced Andrei “Mister KO” Stoica, 31, of Romania.
Stoica was born in Bucharest, Romania on May 1, 1987. He is training out of Stoica Brothers Fight Academy in Bucharest.
Aside from being the first SUPERKOMBAT Super Cruiserweight Champion, Stoica was also a European wushu champion. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his second ONE Super Series bout.
El Bouni, who is of Moroccan and Dutch descent, was born in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands on December 9, 1992. He started his martial arts training at the age of 11 and went on to become the A1WCC World Champion.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked El Bouni’s third ONE Super Series outing. He is training out of Gym Harleem in Harleem.
El Bouni and Stoica competed in a kickboxing contest in the light heavyweight division. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee.
After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of El Bouni, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Stoica’s professional kickboxing record to 50 wins, 12 losses and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, El Bouni now has 37 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events
In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.
In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.