First female Taiwanese fighter to win at ONE Championship

First female Taiwanese fighter to win at ONE Championship
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Jenny Huang secured a place in mixed martial arts (MMA) history in Myanmar on Saturday night by becoming the first female Taiwanese fighter to ever win a fight for Asia's biggest MMA organisation ONE Championship.

The 24-year-old defeated Russia's Elena Pashnina by split decision at ONE: KINGDOM OF WARRIORS which took place in the Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon.

It was a hard fought victory for the Taiwanese atomweight who was taking on a much taller opponent.

Huang struggled to find her range in the early exchanges as Pashnina looked to utilize her significant reach advantage.

The Taiwanese fighter was unbowed however and continued to fire back with punches before taking the Russian down with a textbook hip toss towards the end of the opening round.

In the second stanza, Huang was frustrated by the stalling tactics of an opponent who seemed reluctant to engage.

By the third round, the referee had seen enough and issued Pashnina with a yellow card for her complete lack of aggression or ambition.

By contrast, Huang had clearly come to fight and looked to land hard punches whenever the Russian ventured close enough, but Pashnina continued to keep her distance in a bizarre strategy which won her few plaudits among the crowd.

At the end of the third round, the judges were asked to render their verdict with Pashnina ultimately paying the price for her lack of activity and Huang winning by split decision to maintain her undefeated professional MMA record and move up to 2-0.

Speaking afterwards the Taiwanese fighter said she was overwhelmed by the reaction from the fans in Yangon,

"I couldn't believe how many people came to watch me fight, the stadium was packed and everyone here seems really excited about MMA. I am very happy to win on my ONE Championship debut, it was an honour to fight for Asia's biggest promotion in Myanmar and I hope they will have me back to fight again soon."

Yangon was the first stop on an epic tour that will see ONE Championship hold seven events in seven different cities in the second half of 2015. Next up is Shanghai on 1 September and after that the organisation is heading to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Singapore and Manila.

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