Noam Dar def. HoHo Lun (Second Round Match)
The next Second Round showdown featured two men out to do their respective wrestling scene proud. Noam Dar, the youngest grappler in the field, wants to show that the United Kingdom scene that welcomed him as teenager is the best in the world, while HoHo Lun was determined to prove that Hong Kong, China’s burgeoning circuit (that he founded) is worthy of respect.
Though he was on the receiving end of a kick early on from Lun, Dar took control of the bout with his superior grappling ability. The “Scottish Supernova” adjusted his gameplan on the fly, targeting the left leg of his opponent in hopes of neutralizing Lun’s kicks.
Despite his leg being weakened, Lun showed a tremendous amount of heart by staying in the fight as Dar wrenched away at his leg, the pain getting worse with every twist. The Scot showed off his aggressive side, working over Lun’s leg in cruel fashion. The resilient Hong Kong native tried to mount a comeback, but the injury prevented him from executing offense that would do any damage. In the end, Dar trapped him in his trademark kneebar, leaving Lun with no choice but to submit. Dar’s big win propels him to a Quarterfinal showdown with either Drew Gulak or Zack Sabre Jr.