Jhanlo Sangiao suffers first loss, falls to Mongolian foe

By Jun Ray Navarres

Filipino MMA Phenom Jhanlo Mark Sangiao saw an end to his six-nothing rampage with Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu handing him over his first ever loss at the curtain raiser of ONE Fight Night 13: Allazov vs. Grigorian, Saturday morning (Manila Time).

The Mongolian veteran manhandled Sangiao forcing him to tap in the 2:53 mark of the second round with a Kimura lock.

The result was rather disappointing for Sangiao as he was dominating in the opening round of the fight.

Sangiao’s patience on the onset gave him the opening to clip Baatarkhuu with two straight rights, dropping the Mongol to his knees. He was able to get back up, yet Sangiao threw a flurry of strikes, hurting Baatarkhuu after just 30sec of the opening bell.

The young gun’s rhythm was only stopped when Baatarkhuu changed the fight into a ground tussle – attempting a Kimura but Sangiao’s athleticism evaded the submission attempt.

Sangiao’s patience once again paid off, knocking down Baatarkhuu with a well-timed right counter but the hammer was not able to connect for the finish.

The mistake arrived for Sangiao as he tried to force takedown attempts against Baatarkhuu as ground games are the comfort zone of the Mongolian fighter.

At the start of the second round, Baatarkhuu finally landed one to the head of Sangiao.

The young gun was clearly surprised with the kick to the head, leaving an opening for another left elbow to his head – Jhanlo’s knees buckled with the clean hit.

Baatarkhuu was relentless after gaining the the top position against Sangiao leading to the Kimura-like lock and the tap.

The loss was much disheartening for Team Lakay as Sangiao was the second athlete to succumb to Baatarkhuu after Adonis Sevilleno suffered a unanimous decision loss at ONE Fight Night 13 last April.

Nevertheless, Baatarkhuu commended Sangiao saying, “I wish him the best. He’s a promising young athlete.”

With the loss, Sangiao now carries a 6-1 slate while Baatarkhuu improves to a 10-2 record.

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