ONE FC: ONE: GRIT AND GLORY took place at Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the entire card streamed on the organization’s new app.
Sergej “Kuvalda” Maslobojev had an unforgettable ONE Championship debut in ONE Super Series. On Saturday, 12 May, the Lithuanian collided with a familiar foe – Croatia’s Antonio Plazibat – at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY in Jakarta, Indonesia. While he was not able to repeat the TKO victory he got against his adversary two years ago, he pulled away with an impressive unanimous decision victory this time around.
The action started out fiercely, as both men loaded up on their strikes.
Maslobojev scored with a push kick and a handful of solid punching combinations, and he effectively mixed up his strikes in the first round of their 95kg catch weight kickboxing bout.
“Kuvalda” also put in the better work with his kicks, while Plazibat, who won the K-1 Heavyweight World Grand Prix last year, tried to even things up by peppering the Lithuanian with hooks and straight punches.
The intensity picked up in the second frame, as both competitors put more power behind their strikes. It was not long until one connected with something clean and powerful.
A roundhouse kick to the ribs landed for Maslobojev, before Plazibat countered with a spinning back kick of his own. Then, in a furious exchange, the Lithuanian caught Plazibat with a high left kick that grazed the chin, and sent him reeling against the cage. With his opponent hurt up against the fence, Maslobojev unloaded a fierce punching combination that nearly ended the Croatian’s night.
In the third and final round, both kickboxing titans proceeded to put forth their best offense. The pair traded bombs at the center of the cage, but it was Maslobojev who would once again hurt Plazibat. He continued to stalk and punish his rival as the bout came to a close.
In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Sergej Maslobojev.
It was a tremendous performance for the 30-year-old Muay Thai stylist, who appeared to be a step ahead of his opponent for the majority of the contest. The KOK World Champion operated with powerful attacks throughout, and came close to finishing Plazibat again.
Despite the Croatian’s best efforts, he was simply unable to pinpoint Maslobojev’s timing. Plazibat would have wanted nothing more than to exact revenge against his former conqueror, but he was repeatedly beaten to the punch.
With the victory, Maslobojev improves his overall kickboxing record to 33-6, while Plazibat drops to 16-3.
Unbeaten Indonesian martial arts hero Stefer Rahardian had a tremendous amount of success in the flyweight division. On Saturday night, he continued his incredible form down at strawweight.
On 12 May, in front of a roaring hometown crowd at the Jakarta Convention Center, Rahardian needed less than one round to dispatch Himanshu Kaushik at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY.
While the Bali MMA-trained athlete has looked virtually unstoppable through the early part of his career, he decided that moving down a weight class was necessary, because he could not maintain his size as his training regime stepped up in intensity.
It seems like the move paid off, as the Jakarta native was just as dominant as ever while picking up his ninth career victory.
As the action got underway, Kaushik, a seven-time Indian national wushu champion, looked calm despite being in his rival’s territory. He fired away with a few stinging kicks, and tried to keep the submission-savvy Rahardian at distance.
He was not able to stay on his feet for long. As soon as Rahardian saw an opening, he rushed forward for a takedown, and brought the Indian crashing down to the canvas.
From there, Rahardian was a masterful technician. He transitioned to his opponent’s back, and began pounding away at Kaushik, who had to compromise his position to defend the attack. With nowhere left to go, the wushu expert was forced to roll over, which allowed the Indonesian to secure dominant position, and begin looking for the rear-naked choke.
At first, Kaushik did a good job staying out of the submission as he peeled Rahardian’s hands away from danger. However, the Jakarta hero had no designs on allowing this match-up to work its way back to the feet, much less see the second round. The second attempt from Rahadian saw him finally get his arm under Kaushik’s chin, and he cinched up the technique by quickly wrapping his other arm behind the Indian’s head. This time, there was no escape, as Kaushik was forced to tap out. The end came at the 2:25 mark of the first round. The win moves Rahardian to a perfect 9-0, and he officially kicks off his life as a strawweight on solid footing.
At first, Kaushik did a good job staying out of the submission as he peeled Rahardian’s hands away from danger. However, the Jakarta hero had no designs on allowing this match-up to work its way back to the feet, much less see the second round.
The second attempt from Rahadian saw him finally get his arm under Kaushik’s chin, and he cinched up the technique by quickly wrapping his other arm behind the Indian’s head.
This time, there was no escape, as Kaushik was forced to tap out. The end came at the 2:25 mark of the first round.
The win moves Rahardian to a perfect 9-0, and he officially kicks off his life as a strawweight on solid footing.
Just five months into 2018, and Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol already has her third victory of the year. On Saturday, 12 May, the Indonesian wushu warrior executed a beautiful guillotine choke to finish the Philippines’ Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad in the first round of their atomweight match-up at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY.
After a rough start to her ONE Championship career, Gaol retooled her arsenal outside the cage, and came back stoking a new fire to kick off the new year.
Following back-to-back wins, “Thathie” showed a new level of confidence, while feeding off of the energy from a roaring hometown crowd in the Jakarta Convention Center.
Trinidad was fearless in the early going. The Filipina came out looking to show off her striking, but when the opening presented itself, she pushed forward to look for a body lock against the cage.
The change in positions backfired, as Gaol grabbed onto her neck for a guillotine choke, but did not immediately fall into the submission on the ground. Instead, the Jakarta native was patient. She maintained control of the neck until she was able to turn Trinidad towards the cage and torque the submission.
The hold forced “The Rebel” to fall to the ground in an attempt to alleviate the pressure, but Gaol had no intention of letting go until she secured the finish.
A moment later, with the Indonesian tightening her vise-like grip on her, Trinidad was forced to tap. The finish came at 2:27 of the opening round.
A third consecutive victory has made “Thathie” quickly rise into contention at atomweight, and has made a strong case to book a match-up against an established contender in the near future.
There was a phenomenal reception for Indonesia’s Victorio “Indra” Senduk, as thousands of fans packed into the Jakarta Convention Center to support their unbeaten countryman.
However, they did not account for the heart of his Cambodian opponent, Sor Sey.
After being controlled early in the bout, the Kun Khmer specialist managed to swing the momentum in his favor, and rallied with ground and pound to earn a unanimous decision victory at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY on Saturday, 12 May.
The opening round went to plan for the home favorite, as Senduk controlled the cage and kept his adversary penned in against the fence.
This allowed him to land side kicks and straight punches, mixing up his striking attacks with takedowns. He fully showed off his wushu background with a fine array of kicks. All Sey managed in reply was to load up on hard punches and elbows, which rarely found their mark.
It seemed as though round two would be more of the same, as “Indra” beat the Cambodian to the punch with crisp, straight shots and controlled the center of the cage.
However, as the round wore on, Senduk allowed himself to be drawn more into Sey’s brawling style.
In the clinch, the Kun Khmer veteran landed solid knees and elbows. Following Senduk’s failed takedown attempt, Sey found himself in the mount position, where he unleashed a barrage of ferocious elbows.
The Indonesian absorbed a huge amount of punishment in the final 30 seconds of round two. His face was marked up and he tired at the start of the third.
Senduk tried to engage in the clinch during the final stanza, but his energy was low, and Sey used deft trips to drop him to the mat. Again, the Cambodian found his way in dominant top position, and rained down heavy strikes.
After a sublime start, Senduk faded, and ultimately could not outlast his vastly experienced adversary.
Sey’s commitment to add grappling to his striking base paid dividends, and he was awarded a unanimous decision win in his opponent’s backyard. Also, in victory, the Cambodian became the first man to defeat “Indra” in his mixed martial arts career.
Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada was determined to get back into the win column quickly.
After losing to Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in March, the Japanese featherweight opted for a quick return to the ONE Championship cage this weekend, and was able to wash the taste of defeat out of his mouth.
On Saturday, May 12, Yamada needed just three minutes to make quick work of Eric “The Natural” Kelly. He submitted the former ONE Featherweight World Title challenger with a rear-naked choke to kick off the main card of ONE: GRIT AND GLORY, which broadcast live from the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.
Both competitors traded kicks to start the match. But when “MMA Fantasista” charged forward, Kelly surprised him with an overhand right, which caused the Japanese warrior to slow.
“The Natural” tried to pressure Yamada with more strikes, but the Japanese athlete caught a low kick, put his adversary on the ground, and took his back. As Kelly scrambled to defend, Yamada rained down punches.
Despite his best efforts, the Filipino could not recover from the bad spot he was in, and was eventually trapped in a deep rear-naked choke. He was forced to tap out at 3:00 of the first round.
Yamada finds himself back in the win column, improves his record to 25-6-2, and is set to hunt for another big name in the featherweight division.
Yoshitaka Naito def. Alex Silva via split decision to win strawweight title
Stefer Rahardian def. Himanshu Kaushik via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 2:25
Leandro Ataides def. Vitaly Bigdash via TKO (strikes) in Round 3, 2:41
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Rome Trinidad via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 2:27
Sor Sey def. Victorio Senduk via unanimous decision
Tetsuya Yamada def. Eric Kelly via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:00
Ognjen Topic def. Stergos Mikkios via unanimous decision
Radeem Rahman def. Tang De Pan via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 1:19
Elipitua Siregar def. Dodi Mardian via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:59
Riski Umar def. Doan Birawa via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 1:22