Next Friday, 25 October, the world’s largest martial arts organization returns to Jakarta, Indonesia for ONE: DAWN OF VALOR with a stacked card that includes some great grapplers.
Among these athletes with a penchant for the ground game is a collection of homegrown talent, and they often seem to do their best work when they compete in front of their compatriots on home soil.
With many of these mixed martial artists set to enter the Circle at the Istora Senayan, take a look a some of their best work – as well as a pair of brilliant finishes from some of ONE’s international heroes – to get a taste of the kind of action that could be in the offing next Friday.
#1 Abbasov Takes Out Thani
In a spectacular performance at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov displayed every facet of his skill-set to dispatch Agilan “Alligator” Thani inside three minutes.
The Kyrgyz athlete pummeled his opponent with punches, elbows, and knees, and threw him to the canvas several times before a final trip put the overwhelmed Thani onto the mat once again.
As soon as they touched down, “Brazen” put his hooks in to take total control. From there, he locked in the rear-naked choke and forced the tap from the Malaysian.
Abbasov will challenge Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam for the ONE Welterweight World Title in the ONE: DAWN OF VALOR main event.
#2 Lumban Gaol’s Tenacious Tap Of Trinidad
The Filipina put herself in the danger zone as she attempted a takedown on the Indonesian star, and right away, “Thathie” took control of her head and attacked for a choke.
It took almost two minutes of adjustments and positional changes, but she eventually pulled guard to secure the guillotine, then cranked hard on Trinidad’s neck to get a hard-earned tap.
Lumban Gaol will face off against surging Myanmar athlete Bozhena Antoniyar in front of a partisan crowd at the Istora Senayan.
#3 Mattheis Strikes And Then Submits
The Tigershark Fighting Academy representative is always on the hunt for a quick finish, and when he took his opponent down with 90 seconds left in the first frame to punish him with ground and pound, it looked like one was not too far away.
Kaushik tried to escape the barrage of strikes by turning his back, but he only ate more shots and allowed “Papua Badboy” to latch on to the rear-naked choke, flatten his rival out, and squeeze to elicit the tap.
#4 Rahardian Goes All-Out
Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian has never looked better than in his 67-second dismantling of Cambodia’s Sim Bunsrun in September 2017.
Roared on by an electric home crowd in Jakarta, the Bali MMA representative went straight for the takedown, landed in mount, and forced his rival to give up his back with a few hard punches.
Rahardian expertly stayed attached to his rival while he got to his knees, and quickly slapped on a rear-naked choke. Bunsrun did everything he could to escape, but once a body triangle was locked up, and “The Lion’s” grip tightened further, he had no choice but to tap.
The ONE Jakarta Flyweight Tournament Champion will face Mattheis in an all-Indonesian battle at the top of the prelims on 25 October.
#5 Siregar’s Wrestling Dominance Leads To Submission
Elipitua “The Magician” Siregar made an immediate impression in The Home Of Martial Arts when he submitted Dodi “The Maung” Mardian in his professional debut.
The Indonesian wrestling champion repeatedly slammed his foe to the canvas and scored with hard ground and pound, but “The Maung” did his best to resist and work back up to his feet.
However, that was his undoing as “The Magician” saw an opening when Mardian turned to his knees to escape. Siregar jumped on his back and threaded his right arm under the neck to apply his rear-naked choke and get a flawless debut victory.
The Bali MMA athlete will face Egi Rozten in a classic grappler versus striker encounter on 25 October.