PETALING JAYA - Only the fallen can rise.
Those were Ev Ting's fighting words after losing to Marat Gafurov by submission at the ONE Champion's Warrior Quest at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday.
The highly-anticipated mixed martial arts featherweight bout saw Russia's Gafurov extend his unbeaten streak to 11-0 after he locked Malaysian-born Ev in a deep rear naked choke to claim the win in round one.
"Marat started the round with high intensity. I knew he was setting up the takedown ... I adapted well with my stand-up game until my back hit the fence," said Ev.
"And before I knew it, I was on my back. Once I got the sweep, I went for a risky strike that put me in a terrible position that led to the finish."
But the 25-year-old has vowed to come back stronger.
"I need to be more patient and know when to disengage," he said.
"It's back to the drawing board. I'll catch up with life a little bit also. I've learnt a lot already and know what to work on."
In other bouts, Japan's Shinya Aoki ended the night still as ONE's world lightweight champion after scoring an unanimous decision over fellow countryman Koji Ando - and extend his title run to 25 months.
Having already put his title on the line three times, Aoki's reign is the longest of any of the current ONE champions.