37-year-old Filipino lightweight Richard “Notorious” Corminal promises to come back better and stronger following his first-round submission defeat at the hands of Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” of India.
Both outstanding athletes electrified the crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, as they kicked off ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON in Singapore last Friday, 17 May with their three-round lightweight showdown.
Corminal exhibited his warrior spirit as he constantly trading strikes with Raju. Late in the opening round the Filipino veteran connected with a skipping straight punch followed with a right hook to the jaw that drops his Indian foe.
On the ground, Corminal failed to maximize the opportunity as Raju turned things around, grab the top position and secured the back of his Filipino counterpart.
The end came at the 4:43 mark of the round after a tight rear-naked choke gave Corminal no options but to tap, awarding Raju his first win under the ONE Championship banner.
Although he fell short in his bid to start his 2019 with his hand raised in triumph, Corminal finds comfort as he was inches away for securing his first win under the Home of the Martial Arts.
“For me, I was still happy with my performance as I gave it my all in my match against Raju,” he added.
“The loss gave me an idea of the things that I need to work on more in the gym. Now I’ll be working double time on defense in the ground. That’s where my focus should be.”
He concedes that his Indian counterpart was simply the better athlete, suggesting that his ring meeting with Raju will be beneficial to his growth as a mixed martial artist.
“This is still a huge help for my career, Raju exposed my weaknesses. I had a hard time stopping him as he kept on moving forward,” said Corminal.
Despite failing to capture the elusive first win after joining the ONE Championship roster, the Filipino combat sports veteran is still in high spirits, believing that success in the sport is definitely ahead in his career.
“I am still optimistic about my career moving forward. I learned a lot and I will continue to train until I get my first win.”
“Now I’ll just be waiting for ONE’s call. While waiting, expect me to never stop training. I’ll focus more and I have to be patient in my next bouts.”