TWO Filipinos fell in their respective UFC debuts, as CJ de Tomas bowed to Naoki Inoue via unanimous decision, while Rolando Dy lost to Alex Caceres through doctor stoppage in the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 111 on Saturday in Singapore.
De Tomas, a URCC standout, engaged his Japanese foe in a technical match early but was quickly put on the defensive by Inoue's aggressiveness on the mat.
In the second round, a clearly gassed de Tomas struggled on the feet against Inoue. He barely escaped the round after he was trapped in an armbar, but time expired and he lived on to fight another round.
De Tomas had his moment in the third round when he dropped Inoue early with an elbow, but the Japanese promptly went to work on the ground to grind out a clear decision victory.
While de Tomas made it to the final bell, Dy wasn't so lucky.
Dy, son of boxing legend Rolando Navarette, was outclassed on the feet in the first round, getting dropped early by his American foe.
Caceres continued to mount the pressure, continuing to work on Dy's right eye which was already shut midway through the round.
The doctor mercifully ended the fight before the start of the third because of Dy's eye.
With the loss, de Tomas dropped to 8-1 as Dy slipped to 8-5.