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Faliniko victorious at KOTC: Alii's

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Falaniko Vitale celebrated his 38th birthday with a round one TKO win over Elmer Waterhen Saturday night.

Vitale floored Waterhen twice in the round, the second time was with a right upper cut that dropped Waterhen to his knees.

As Waterhen attempted to protect his head by hunching over on the ground, Niko delivered seven unanswered blows to Waterhen's hands and head before the referee stopped the fight.

"You know, I dropped my opponent beginning of the round and the first few knockdowns, I felt good from there," said Vitale. "I tried to capitalize and was fortunate to catch him with the upper cut and the win by TKO."

The win gave Vitale the KOTC Superfight world championship and improved his professional record to 30-10. As for his future, he's not sure what it holds just yet.

"We'll see what happens, see what king of the cage has to offer and other organizations got to offer. But right now, I'm the KOTC champ and I'm just going to try and hold this bugger as long as I can."

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