Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
There were three Hawaiians on the prelims, all of whom were teammates. They all won their fights, giving their gym and state something to be proud of.
Russell Doane opened the prelims opposite One FC veteran and jiu-jitsu ace Leandro Issa. Doane showed superior striking and great hips when thwarting takedowns.
Issa was touted as the better ground fighter and the submission specialist, but it was Doane who slapped on a triangle choke and put the Brazilian to sleep. It was a finish that nobody saw coming and put the young Hawaiian on the map.
Then came UFC vet Dustin Kimura, who took on a game Guam native in Jon Delos Reyes. Early on, Kimura was overwhelmed by the aggression and power of Delos Reyes, getting rocked on the feet.
However, Kimura recovered once the fight hit the mat, and he was in his world. He threw up an armbar that Delos Reyes defended, but he stay persistent and got it tighter, forcing the tapout.
Finally, to top off the prelims, Max Holloway took on 6'4" featherweight Will Chope in an unorthodox battle in terms of size. Early on, Holloway struggled to get inside, but persistence paid off.
Once he got comfortable, he started to land strikes in bunches. He mixed it up well with kicks and shots to the body, eventually putting Chope away with his superior stand-up.
It was a big night for Hawaii in Singapore.