One Championship 67: Kings of Courage Recap, Official Results And Video Highlights


Jakarta, Indonesia (Mon, Janurary 22, 2018)– One Championship 67: Kings of Courage took place on Saturday January 20, 2018 and streamed as an online pay-per-view from Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Below you will find the recap video highlights and official results of the event.

Xiong Jing Nan Claims Inaugural Strawweight World Title With TKO

A riveting classic went down in ONE Championship’s first main event of 2018, as China’s “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan met Singaporean standout Tiffany “No Chill” Teo.

The two woman warriors traded their best offense in the main event of ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE, which took place last Saturday, 20 January at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

Despite an incredibly tough show of heart by the tenacious Teo, it was Xiong who came away with the victory, becoming the promotion’s inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion with a rousing TKO.

Before a capacity crowd in Indonesia’s capital city, “The Panda” put forth a remarkable showcase of her sensational boxing skills, overwhelming Teo with a variety of punches for the duration of the scheduled five-round strawweight contest.

In the first stanza, it quickly became evident that Xiong owned the speed and power advantage, as she started off with her familiar intensity. Teo was tasked with finding a way to take matters to the ground for her to stand the best chance against “The Panda.” It would, however, prove to be in vain for “No Chill.”

Xiong, a 2017 China Open BJJ Champion, depicted veteran composure on the mat, stifling her opponent by remaining active in guard, even threatening with an arm-triangle choke early. The 30-year-old Xiong was also able to consistently get back up to her feet every time her back hit the canvas. The first round ended evenly, as neither competitor appeared to pull away.

During the second round, however, Xiong turned up the pressure, and landed a powerful left hook on Teo, which affected the Singapore boxing champion. With Teo fading, Xiong sensed the finish drawing near.

The Chinese warrior immediately jumped at her opponent, staggering Teo with a heavy torrent of wild left hooks and overhand rights. “No Chill” appeared to tire from the onslaught, and was barely hanging on at the end of the stanza, but showed tremendous grit to stay in the contest.

As the action continued in the third, Xiong piled on the punishment as the Singaporean was trying no more than to merely survive. The Chinese star’s overhand right continuously found a home on Teo, and it was amazing to see Teo remain on her feet for as long as she did.

While Teo survived the third round, she had very little left to begin the fourth. Just a little over two minutes into the frame, Xiong connected on a blistering combination at the center of the ONE cage. She sent Teo crashing onto the canvas with a solid left hook, which caused veteran official Olivier Coste to call a stop to the contest, and award the bout to “The Panda.”

The end came officially at 2:17 of the fourth round. Xiong was crowned the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, and made history by becoming China’s first world champion in the cage.

“I want to thank ONE Championship for this chance to show what China, and what women can do. I am happy to represent China and take a lot of pride in that,” said an emotional Xiong, who dedicated the championship win to her grandparents.

“This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently. I feel great and I am overwhelmed. This is a message to all the women across the world – you can achieve anything.”

The victory improves Xiong’s record to 14-1. Meanwhile, Teo experiences the first defeat of her career. The Singaporean’s record drops to 7-1, but will undoubtedly bounce back from the loss very soon, having shown the heart of a champion herself.

Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian Improves To 8-0 In World Title Eliminator

Undefeated Indonesian martial arts star Stefer Rahardian was looking to punch his ticket to a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship on Saturday, 20 January.

The local hero met Pakistan’s Muhammad “The Spider” Imran in the co-main event at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE, and did so in dominant fashion. Although Imran did a great job of staying in the match under tough circumstances, it was Rahardian’s night, as he used his versatile striking and grappling repertoire to take a unanimous decision victory.

Both competitors probed with low kicks in the first round, but Rahardian, a multi-time Indonesian BJJ champion, showed an improved stand-up game. His strikes landed straight, and to good efffect, throughout the three-round affair.

Imran, a PFC Flyweight Champion in Pakistan, came back with a hard straight of his own whenever he could, but when the Bali MMA product opted to take the bout to the mat, Rahardian had the upper hand. Chipping away with punches and elbows, he was controlling the action despite “The Spider” defending well and attempting to elbow from the bottom.

The crowd got behind the hometown hero to start round two, and Rahardian was able to take the match to the canvas early. Imran held on tight to a half guard and blocked most of the shots, but the Indonesian pressed the action from the top, landing repeated punches and elbows.

With one final chance to take a win, Imran came out for round three and tried to put his hands on his adversary. The Bali MMA man successfully evaded most of the strikes, although “The Spider” did get through with some solid hits.

Again, Rahardian knew his best chance was to take the contest to the ground, and he did so with a strong double leg, and concluded the bout with more of the same ground and pound, rallying late to the delight of the roaring crowd at the Jakarta Convention Center.

It was not the finish Rahardian wanted, but he remained undefeated against a tough opponent, and moved on to 8-0, with a world title shot on the horizon.

“I just want to keep improving, fix my weaknesses and keep working hard with my team,” said Rahardian to Mitch Chilson in the cage following the bout.

Imran drops to 5-2. However, he showed real grit although he was out-worked on the ground, and will undoubtedly try to strengthen his all-round game moving forward.

Shinya Aoki Stuns Marat Gafurov In Grappling Super-Match

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki once again showed why he is one of the most dangerous submission specialists in all of martial arts.

The 34-year-old Japanese legend defeated former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in a Grappling Super-Match at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE.

What surprised everyone in the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia is the fact that Aoki used his opponent’s signature rear-naked choke to claim the victory.

The early going saw a tactical battle, with Aoki pressing the action against the cage, working tirelessly to get the takedown. Gafurov played tight defense, however, and stopped the former lightweight kingpin from putting him on the mat.

Finally, about three minutes into the contest, “Tobikan Judan” landed the first takedown. But Gafurov quickly popped back to his feet and reversed the position, as he began looking to take the back of the Japanese submission specialist.

Aoki, unsurprisingly, had superb defense. He got away from the Dagestani’s iron grip, and the two grapplers continued to battle back and forth in a war of positions with neither able to gain the upper hand.

The two former ONE World Champions set a grueling pace, with Gafurov constantly trying to find an opening to take the back. Aoki, meanwhile, was like a coiled snake just waiting to strike, as he was constantly evading the Russian’s underhooks.

The exchanges continued until Gafurov went for broke with a body lock takedown. He literally dragged Aoki down to the mat, trying desperately to get his legs locked into position so he could begin looking for his favorite hold, the rear-naked choke.

The offensive outburst backfired, as Aoki exploded out of the position and quickly transitioned to take the back of his Dagestani opponent instead. Almost instantaneously, the Japanese icon latched his arms under the neck of his rival, and cinched up the rear-naked choke.

The grimace on Gafurov’s face was unmistakable, and he was force to tap out 12:22 into the 15-minute Grappling Super-Match.

Following a tough loss to world-famous BJJ champion Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon in the organization’s first-ever Grappling Super-Match back in May 2017, as well as experiencing a two-bout cage skid in ONE World Title bouts, Aoki was determined to get his career back on track. He did exactly that by turning the tables on Gafurov, and putting him away with his favorite submission hold.

As for Gafurov, he was clearly dejected by the way the match ended. But now, he will turn his attention back to his ultimate goal, which is to regain the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

Sunoto Defends Perfect Home Record With Submission Of Rin Saroth

Indonesian martial arts star “The Terminator” Sunoto continued his reign of dominance in Jakarta, Indonesia, with his sixth straight win on home soil at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE.

Sunoto scored his second-straight stoppage victory in ONE Championship with an impressive submission of Cambodia’s Rin Saroth.

In a cagey opening period to the contest, Sunoto looked to find his way inside the kun khmer stance of Saroth, who took the center of the cage and looked to catch the Indonesian with strikes on his way in.

Cambodia’s Saroth may have a kun khmer record of 110-22, but he showed his grappling credentials by picking up an armbar victory on his ONE debut, and he looked to secure a second tapout victory when he surprised “The Terminator” with an inverted triangle choke attempt from his back after being slammed to the mat.

Sunoto stayed composed, however, and bided his time before Saroth abandoned the hold in the final minute of the round. Nonetheless, the message had been sent that the kun khmer exponent had plenty of grappling surprises in his locker against the kickboxing and jiu-jitsu specialist.

Despite the submission scare in the first round, “The Termintor” came out aggressively once again in the second stanza, immediately taking Saroth to the mat and working his way to side control.

With the hometown hero finally in a comfortable position on the canvas, Sunoto chased the finish, softening up Saroth with strikes before locking up an Americana to force the tap mid-way through round two.

After his win, he paid tribute to the Indonesian fans who helped roar him to victory, shouting, “It is time to get involved!”

It looks like Sunoto, who sees his record rise to 7-3, will be very much involved in the bantamweight picture as ONE Championship’s packed schedule progresses throughout 2018.

Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev Orchestrates Huge Victory In Jakarta

It was a tense ground battle, as two of the bantamweight division’s most feared submission specialists spent three full rounds engaged in a technical bout that needed the judges to separate them.

In the end, it was Russia’s Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev who eventually got the nod. He defeated Japan’s Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari via unanimous decision at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE.

The match got off to a tentative start for the BJJ black belts, with both men well aware of what their opponent was capable of. There were some low kicks exchanged, but the action really started when Imanari used a trademark roll to try and close the distance for a leg lock.

Saadulaev was savvy to the threat, and used his own grappling prowess to stay safe and dominate from the top position, where he landed with punches, short elbows and knees, and also came close with a North South choke attempt.

The Japanese athlete jumped out of the blocks for round two with a switch kick, and on the second attempt caused his Russian foe to stumble, which allowed him to go for his favored leg attacks. The round was spent with both men entangled on the mat. Saadulaev kept his cool and intelligently defended, as Imanari did his best to try and isolate a limb for a submission. He was unable to, and as “Maestro” grew more confident in his defense, he began to pound away with strong hammer fists and heel strikes to the chest.

Going for broke in the final stanza, “Ashikan Judan” rolled in to close the distance, aiming for a hold on Saadulaev’s foot. Much like the first, “Maestro” was prepared, and only engaged on his terms with a takedown and swift guard pass. Although he would look for an arm triangle, he never came close to submitting the wily veteran. He did, however, dictate the closing minutes of the contest from top position with ground and pound, doing enough to secure the decision after 15 minutes of action.

Saadulaev registered his fifth straight victory, and pushed his record to an impressive 17-4-1, 1 NC. His last three bouts in ONE have all been imposing victories, and he is undoubtedly setting his sights on the division’s top contenders after this performance.

Victorio Senduk Stages Epic Comeback At

ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE

Nearly six years away from ONE Championship did not slow down Victorio “Indra” Senduk.

The Badung, Indonesia-based athlete picked up an impressive TKO win over fellow countryman Yohan “The Ice Man” Mulia Legowo in a catch weight affair at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE.

His win did not come without some early adversity.

As soon as the contest started, Legowo rushed forward and immediately began looking for a grappling exchange with Senduk. The relentless attack paid off, with “The Ice Man” landing a big takedown before transitioning to the mount, where he began battering his opponent with punches and elbows. Legowo finally tried for a submission rather than the ground strikes, but the move backfired after “Indra” slipped out of a deep armbar attempt.

Right then and there, the tide turned dramatically.

Once he worked free from the submission, Senduk blasted Legowo with punches and hammer fists. He did not let up, and it looked as if referee Yuji Shimada was about to stop the contest. But he ran out of time in the opening round.

With Legowo’s conditioning already fading, Senduk poured on the punishment in the second frame, and nearly ended the bout with a huge knee strike. Finally, Senduk’s punches were just too much for “The Iceman” to absorb any longer, prompting the TKO 57 seconds into round number two.

The win keeps Senduk undefeated in his professional career and moves him to 6-0. But what is even more impressive is that he returned to the ONE cage after nearly six years away, and looked like he did not miss a beat. Now Senduk will look to make 2018 his year after kicking things off with a spectacular TKO.

MAIN CARD #2

Xiong Jing Nan def. Tiffany Teo via TKO (punches) – Round 4, 2:17 – to win inaugural women’s strawweight title

Stefer Rahardian def. Muhammad Imran via unanimous decision

Sunoto Peringkat def. Rin Saroth – Round 2, 2:07

MAIN CARD #1

Yusup Saadulaev def. Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision

Victorio Senduk def. Yohan Mulia Legowo via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:57

PRELIMINARY CARD

Riski Umar def. Arnold Batubara via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:20

Rene Catalan def. Xuewen Peng via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:22

Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Audreylaura Boniface via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:23


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