However, the 30-year-old Bandung, Indonesia native had to overcome some adversity before landing his bout-ending punch at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta.
Egi Rozten sends the home crowd into a frenzy with a stunning knockout of Eddey Kalai at 3:15 of Round 1!Watch the full event LIVE & FREE on the ONE Super App http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, November 17, 2018
Rozten’s opponent, Malaysia’s Eddey “The Clown” Kalai, was determined to claim the first win of his ONE Championship career, and for a while, it looked like he might.
The 36-year-old from Sabah came flying out from his corner when the opening bell rang, and shocked the local hero with an immediate takedown.
Kalai’s previous appearances have seen him lean heavily on his striking, but he had a different game plan for Rozten. He used the element of surprise to get the Indonesian to the mat, where he locked up a guillotine choke.
The local favorite maintained his composure, however, and was eventually able to escape as the bout returned to the feet.
After another scramble on the canvas, Rozten picked his shot and connected with a massive overhand right, which landed directly on Kalai’s left temple and caused him to crumple to the canvas.
That one punch was enough to convince referee Yuji Shimada that no further action was needed.
He stepped in to call off the contest at the 3:15 mark of round one, giving the fan favorite a hugely popular win after a wild encounter.
Now all eyes will be on the exciting Indonesian as he bids to make it three wins in a row when he returns to action in 2019.