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ONE Pride Indonesian MMA Episode 3 Review – Hellboy Unleashed

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ONE Pride intends to find the hidden talents in Indonesian MMA, and this episode highlights how local competitions can root out such talent.

The first bout of the night was a back and forth bantamweight bout between Apep Tatang Hernawan against Ade Novi. Hernawan quickly connected with a left straight that floored Novi, but was unable to finished the visibly stunned Novi, which then quickly moved to closed guard to recover.

Hernawan then chose to work with punches from Novi’s guard while keeping Novi’s back on the ground. Hernawan continued to punish Novi, until he moved to side control and attempted to sink in an arm triangle with 35 seconds to go, but was unable to finish and moved to mount to drop an elbow as the round ends.

Round 2 saw Novi quickly turned the table against the visibly tired Hernawan. Novi connected with a left high kick, followed up with a flurry of punches and knees to Hernawan’s head while Hernawan is on the ground. Hernawan shoots for takedown, quickly back to Novi’s guard and proceeded to mount – only to be reversed. Smelling blood, Novi quickly dropped powerful punches from guard, then even briefly got mount before Hernawan reversed the position, only for Novi to attempt a triangle choke, which was then answered with an armbar as Hernawan escaped the submission, earning Hernawan a submission victory.

Asian promotions tend to have difficulties finding fighters heavier than Middleweight, and those who fight above it tends to have middleweight, or even smaller frames, which is what happens on this first bout between Teuku Randa and Samuel Robert Untoro. Both fighters just stood at 176cm and 169cm respectively, as opposed to UFC LHW who generally stood above 185cm.

In the classic bout between striker vs grappler, Randa came out swinging for the fences right off the bat, hitting Untoro several times, albeit not cleanly. After Untoro was able to move out of harm’s way, Randa displayed a good game plan, hitting from the distance and quickly break away after he closed in. The pivotal moment came in when Untoro slipped after attempting a high kick, and Randa landed a soccer kick on Untoro as he tried to get up. Like in many promotions, soccer kick is not allowed on ONE Pride rule set, hence Randa was immediately disqualified for the infraction.

Finally, on the bantamweight tournament, Edo Ardo Hutagalung squares off against Rama Supandhi. The more experienced Hutagalung lost his last fight against Mario Satya Wirawan, the ONE Championship fighter who knocked out Chan Heng in 6 seconds last year. Supandhi, while only making his MMA debut, has been racking up multiple national and regional submission championships from as early as 2012, albeit at under 54kg class.

Supandhi, who is known for his moniker “Hellboy”, decided to trade leather with Muay Thai stylist, and surprisingly landed cleaner counters and low kicks throughout the exchange. After a brief stop from Hutagalung’s low blow, Supandhi stuffed a takedown attempt from Hutagalung and took down the latter with his own. Supandhi quickly passed his opponent’s guard, dropping punches from mount, then quickly latched on Hutagalung’s back as he given up his back to quickly end the fight with a Rear Naked Choke.

Full results and fight videos are available on the links below:
Apep Tatang Hernawan def. Ade Novi by R2 Sub (Armbar)
Samuel Robert Untoro def. Teuku Randa by R1 DQ (Soccer Kick)
Bantamweight Tournament: Rama Supandhi def. Edo Ardo Hutagalung by R1 Sub (RNC)

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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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