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IBC is back with a night full of action

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Indonesian Badass Championship (IBC) is back for its second MMA show after successfully holding its submission-only IBC Unlocked, headlined by World No-Gi BJJ Champion and ONE Championship fighter Herbert Burns.

The main event pits Jevon Joshua and Alexander Bobby for the flyweight title. Joshua, an Indonesian submission grappling champion known for his leglock finishes, showed his smooth transition into MMA with standup, accurately countering Bobby’s advances in rounds 1 and 2 and had the upper hand, even close to ending the fight as he sent Bobby covering up in a flurry of punches.

Bobby turned the table as he put Joshua in a deep triangle choke early in round 3. Although it didn’t finish the fight, it sets a different tone for the rest of the round. Round 4 saw an equally matched round standing up and on the ground, until Joshua caught Bobby’s back during a scramble and ended the fight with an anaconda choke.

Heavyweight title fight between former ONE Championship fighter Vincent Majid and Anthony Pajouw opened as expected, with the 3rd degree Kyokushinkai blackbelt connected with powerful leg kicks and straight punches right off the bell. Realizing the different level on their standup, Majid quickly closes in and take Pajouw down. After a brief ground and pound, the Judo blackbelt quickly passed Pajouw’s guard, making a quick transition into an Americana, prompting referee to stop the fight in Round 1.

The bantamweight title fight between Alex Hendro Batubara and Stefer Rahardian was a true test for Rahardian’s standup game. Batubara’s advantage in the standup game was apparent when he landed cleaner shots during the standup exchange with stiff jabs and straight punches, and forced the BJJ purple belt to shoot for takedowns. The round went back and forth with Batubara scrambling up each time he was taken down and kept the advantage standing up. Rahardian finally got Batubara’s back during one of the scrambles in round 3, ending the fight with a rear naked choke.

The fight of the night goes to the Jakarta Muay Thai MMA fighter Theodorus Ginting against HAN Academy’s Angga. Ginting, a boxing and kickboxing champion that made a comeback after 3 year hiatus from competition, scored a lot of hits with his lead and right hooks, while Angga scored fewer, but more powerful thudding blows. Ginting varied his attack with takedowns and ground strikes, but Angga is no slouch either, and was able to quickly come back to his two feet. After a back and forth 3-round battle, Ginting won the match by Unanimous Decision.

Finally, the fastest finish of the night belongs to Agus, which knocked out fellow debutant Adri Andika Kumara in 13 seconds.

The full results of IBC Season 2 are as follows:
Flyweight title fight: Jevon Joshua def. Alexander Bobby by R4 sub (Anaconda Choke)
Heavyweight title fight: Vincent Majid def. Anthony “Danny” Pajouw by R1 Sub (Americana)
Bantamweight title fight: Stefer Rahardian def. Alex Hendro Batubara by R3 Sub (RNC)
Theodorus Ginting def. Angga by Unanimous Decision
Zuli Silawanto def. Buncix by R1 Sub (neck crank)
Linda Darrow def. Inandya Citra by R1 TKO (Referee Stoppage)
Riko Chen def. Rumzi by R1 KO
Edo def. Stelon by R2 sub (armbar)
Agus def. Adri Andika Kumara by R1 KO
Wardi def. Irfan by R1 Sub (RNC)
Arie Widiansyah def. Abid by R1 Sub (armbar)
Amy def. Monica by Split Decision
Arie def. Robbie by R2 KO (doctor stoppage)

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Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship

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28 Years Old, Zhang Weili(16-1) from China has challenged Strawweight champion Angela Lee for her strap in One Championship according to a source close to the Chinese fighter. Zhang who is the champion and fighting for Chinese based promotion Kunlun FC is currently negotiating on a one fight deal to face Angela. According to the source, they would like to determine who is the best women fighter in Asia in a one-off match and would have no problems to fight under the One Championship banner.

Zhang Weili(Left) at Kunlun FC 12

Since her pro debut loss in 2013, Zhang has racked up 16 wins in 3 years with a total of 15 finishes. She is the number #6 ranked women strawweight in the World according to Fightmatrix.com, just behind Rose Namajunas who will be facing UFC champion and number #1 ranked strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title next month. Angela, on the other hand, is 9 rungs below Zhang at number 15.

Fightmatrix rankings as per 9/10/2017

While ONE was very eager to have a cross-promotion fight between Angela Lee and Joanna Jedrzejczyk to determine who has the better strawweight, they seem less eager to have a Kunlun FC champion on board for a one fight deal. The source states that ONE would need for Zhang to sign a 2-year exclusive contract first before discussing further for a fight with Angela.

If the source is accurate, ONE seems to be covering their bases this time and would not like for their champion to lose the belt to another promotion without securing Zhang on an exclusive contract. Kunlun, on the other hand, would also not want to lose their best fighter to another Asian promotion. Zhang would be a huge asset to ONE for their expansion in China but it would be tough for them to pry off the Chinese fighter as the source states that Zhang is being paid handsomely on Kunlun FC.

While things are looking bleak for a match between Angela Lee and Zhang Weili to happen in the ONE Championship cage, the fans will be keeping their fingers crossed and hope that they could witness a fight between two of the best women Strawweights in Asia.

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Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship

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After speculations on who Martin Nguyen’s next opponent when he signed a fight contract, ONE Championship have confirmed that Martin Nguyen is set to challenge Eduard Folayang’s lightweight title in Manila on ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 10 November.

The fight is the latest in a series of cross-division fights announced after Shinya Aoki vs Ben Askren and Aung La NSang vs Alain Ngalani, but this will be the first time the reigning ONE Championship titleholders from two weight divisions will clash.

Nguyen’s coach, Fari Salievski, did tease on the idea of Nguyen fighting for the title in different weight divisions , but he teased on a bantamweight division since Martin was underweight for his featherweight title fight against Marat Gafurov.

Despite being on the lighter side of a featherweight division, the new champion decided to challenge the title against a fighter a weight class above him, and opens the possibility of the first fighter in ONE Championship to challenge the title in 3 weight divisions.

“I’m not out only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner” – Martin Nguyen

ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD will be held in Malls of Asia Arena in Manila on 10 November 2017

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Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship

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Bashir Ahmad is appointed as the Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, the role made to develop and strengthen the relationships between ONE Championship and various MMA gyms and promotions.

“EssentiallyI see myself doing what I did in Pakistan and working to accelerate the growth of MMA in Asia with other players in the MMA scene,” Ahmad explained.

As the pioneer of Pakistani MMA, Bashir Ahmad has worked to promote MMA in Pakistan, most notably the Shaheen Gym project, a non-profit gym which serves to take at-risk youth off the street with the appeal and focus of MMA. With his new position in ONE, Ahmad believes he will be better positioned to develop MMA in Asia, particularly in his hometown Pakistan.

“I think it’s a win-win. I’ve learned about developing MMA in a really difficult market – Pakistan, and I bring that experience with me.”

“On the flip side, I get work with one of the world’s most professional martial arts brands and bring those lessons to my mission in Pakistan.”

4-3 on his professional MMA career, Ahmad has been fighting for ONE Championship since April 2013 and became the first ONE Championship athlete to make the transition from into the management role in the promotion. Despite this additional role, Ahmad is adamant that his new role in ONE Championship does not take him away from active competition.

“100% not retired. I can certainly train. If Martin can beat Gafurov while being a full-time mechanic, I can certainly train when I work in the MMA industry for a living. It’s about time management and training smart.”

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