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Indonesia’s Xtreme Cage Championship delivers its first show with a bang

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Xtreme Cage Championship (XCC) held its inaugural event on 12 April 2015 and succeeded in providing an entertaining action-packed Sunday night for the MMA fans in Jakarta. Indonesia’s MMA scene have been resurging since the demise of TPIFC and Jakarta was deprived of any live event since December 2014.

Alliance Indonesia’s Anthony Engelen maintained his undefeated record by defeating Fikri from Warrior Fight Camp in the main event of the night. Anthony battered his opponent on the ground forcing the referee to stop the fight in round 1. The Dutch import started the fight trading leather with the kickboxer in the opening round and was able to match the striker punch for punch. After several spinning back kick counters that narrowly missed Engelen’s head, the Alliance Indonesia fighter decided to take the fight to the ground, quickly transitioned into a knee ride and fired away with punches that granted a referee stoppage.

Engelen’s (red trunks) ground game kept him on top of the competition

Engelen’s (red trunks) ground game kept him on top of the competition

The co-main event provided a startling difference between the standup and ground games of both fighters. Ongen, a former WBO Asia Pacific boxing world champion, controlled the fight standing, even landing an uppercut flush on Mustadi’s chin that stunned the Warrior Fight Camp fighter. Upon realizing his opponent’s superiority in boxing, Mustadi immediately charged for a takedown eventually securing victory by rear naked choke before the round’s end.

Mustadi (black trunks) charging for takedown on the boxing champ

Mustadi (black trunks) charging for takedown on the boxing champ

The night also featured a matchup between two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belts, Stefer Rahardian and Wardi Suwardi. Both fighters played an aggressive Jiu Jitsu game and exchanged submission attempts. Suwardi caught Rahardian in a tight triangle choke that almost ended the fight for the Jakarta Muay Thai & MMA fighter. Rahardian eventually escaped and the fight went into a brief standup exchange until Rahardian scored a takedown and proceeded to take Suwardi’s back. Rahardian was close to finish the fight with a rear naked choke, but Suwardi was saved by the bell. Round 2 saw a fresher and more confident Rahardian who quickly went for a takedown, passed his opponent’s guard and secured a rear naked choke to win the match by way of submission.

Stefer Rahardian securing the fight-ending rear naked choke

Stefer Rahardian securing the fight-ending rear naked choke

The fight of the night award goes to the 3-round scrap between Setiono Ang and Alex Hendro Batubara. Both fighters were evenly matched on the stand-up and ground exchanges.  Ang was controlling the majority of the fight with his ground and pound until Batubara locked in a Kimura off his back in round 2.The start of the third round saw Batubara reversed the situation, winning the standup exchange, countered a takedown attempt and hammered Ang with his own ground and pound. The finale had Ang catching Batubara in a triangle choke at the end of round 3.

Setiono Ang controlling Alex Hendro Batubara

Setiono Ang controlling Alex Hendro Batubara

Jakarta Muay Thai & MMA representative, Mario Satya Wirawan delivered a highlight reel KO with a high kick that knocked down Edo from Warrior Fight Camp and followed up with a series unanswered punches that granted a referee stoppage in less than 20 seconds into the fight.

Mario Satya Wirawan connecting with the high kick

Mario Satya Wirawan connecting with the high kick

Full results:

Main Event: Anthony Engelen def. Fikri via R2 TKO

Co-Main Event: Mustadi def. Steve Ongen Ferdinandus via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Mashadi def. Heri Surahman via Unanimous Decision

Stefer Rahardian def. Wardi Suwardi via R2 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Setiono Ang def. Alex Hendro Batubara via R3 Sub (Triangle Choke)

Mario Satya Wirawan def. Edo via R1 TKO

Rumzi Zi def. Iwan via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Vincent Martin def. Dicki Joe via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Article and photos contributed by Bramono Lunardi

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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