‘One Pride Pro Never Quit releases ‘Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champion’ fight card

'One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champion' fight card

One Pride Pro Never Quit will return to the Tennis Indoor Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 21, 2019 with Fight Night 32 titled “Spirit of Champion.”  The fight card has four bouts, including lightweight champion Jeka Saragih’s first international fight and a title fight and Bantamweight titleholder Achmad Eko Priandono’s first title defense.

In the Main Event, lightweight champion Jeka Saragih will have his first international fight against Mhar John Manahan. Saragih successfully defended his championship belt for the fourth time against Hendrik Tarigan in just over 1 minute last July. His opponent, Manahan, is a silver medallist of national kickboxing championship trains under the tutelage of the wushu world champion Rene Catalan.

The co-main event will have bantamweight champion Achmad Eko Priandono defend his One Pride MMA bantamweight belt back in February. This fighter from Sidoarjo, East Java, has involved in martial arts since 2007 and started his fighting career at One Pride in 2017. After losing to Sony Rizaldi in 2017, Priandono switched camp to Saint Martial Arts and racked up 3 consecutive knockouts, and subsequently the bantamweight title.

“I fight not only for myself but for those around me who have always supported me, especially my mother, my sister, and people who love me. That is my biggest motivation to move forward, “said Eko. “I will not stop at this point. Insha Allah (God willing), can go international. ”

Eko, known for his lightning speed and combinations, will fight Yusuf Susilo, a striker with a contrasting style style. Susilo, with a karate background, provides a unique challenge with a fighting style that relies on accurate and powerful strikes that could end Eko’s resistance in an instant.

The next fight, a contender fight between former One Pride MMA straw weight title holder Brando Mamana, famous for his spinning kick that knocked Adi Paryanto to the One Pride Arena. “Tiger Karo” is famous as one of the best finisher in One Pride, winning 6 of 7 wins within the opening round. His opponent, Billy Pasulatan seems unstoppable with 4 consecutive wins in the straw weight division. “The Twister” is one of the few fighters in One Pride MMA that was able to incorporate his Tae Kwon Do background into an effective package in MMA, providing a unique challenge to the former champion.

Finally, in the classic grappler vs. striker bout, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stylist Yesreel Mocodaser faces boxer Jamil Burhan. Jamil is famous for his boxing skills, particularly his left hook. After his loss to featherweight challenger Novian Hartanto, Jamil chose to move to lightweight classes and was welcomed by Yesreel Mocodaser, who succeeded in impressing the audience with the first Von Flue choke at One Pride Arena against Sarweddy SIahaan after losing to two title challengers Angga and Hatoropan Simbolon.

One Pride Pro Never Quit is the biggest MMA promoter in Indonesia with more than 200 matches annually with more than 300 fighters from 50 clubs spread across Indonesia. For the latest news about One Pride Pro Never Quit, please visit http://www.onepride.net, follow us on Twitter @OnePrideTVOne, Instagram, Youtube, and FB at @OnePrideIMMA.

Philippines vs Japan: TNT KaTropa, Niigata Albirex play at EASL’s ‘Terrific 12’ in São Lázaro, Macau, China

KJ McDaniels
KJ McDaniels

Kevin “K.J.” McDaniels Jr., 26, exploded for 47 points to lift TNT KaTropa of the Philippines to a 99-90 win over Niigata Albirex of Japan in the East Asia Super League’s invitation tournament “The Terrific 12.” The game took palce at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion in São Lázaro, Macau, China on September 18, 2019.

McDaniels also hauled down 17 rebounds and got solid support from Roger Pogoy, 27, and Almond Vosotros, 29, as KaTropa finished their Group D campaign with a 1-1 record. TNT mentor Mark Dickel, 42, said, “We’re lucky to have KJ in the team.”

“He makes the game much, much easier,” Dickel said of McDaniels. “He filled in for Terrence Jones last conference and we’re very fortunate of having a very good player helping us a lot and going into our first game next week, it’s always good to take a win. We didn’t want to come away from here having lost our first two games.”

TNT KaTropa and Niigata Albirex were already eliminated after losing their matches to Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards of China. But the teams from the Philippines and Japan still gave out their best to end their respective campaign on a positive note.

Pogoy gave KaTropa an 82-77 lead but Niigata import Nick Perkins, 22, responded with a personal 5-0 run to tie the count at 82-all with 5:31 remaining. McDaniels then ignited a 9-4 exchange to give TNT a 91-85 lead with 2:41 left in the game.

A three-pointer by Yuki Ueta, 32, put the Japanese club back in the game, 88-91, but Vosotros, a late addition to the team here along with Samboy de Leon, 27, answered with his own triple to push the lead back to 94-88, 1:32 left. After Niigata team captain Kei Igarashi, 39, converted two free throws, 90-94, McDaniels finished the game with five straight points to give TNT KaTropa a morale-boosting victory.

The KaTropa played without their second import McKenzie Moore due to strained calf injury and Dickel opted to rest Jayson Castro, 33, and Troy Rosario, 27, as they prepare for the PBA’s Governors’ Cup. Perkins led Niigata with 34 points and 12 rebounds while Shinsuke Kashiwagi, 37, and Yuichi Ikeda, 37, contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

ONE Championship holds ‘ONE: Century 世紀’ media day in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Kazuhiro Sakamoto, Andy Hata, Chatri Sityodtong, Carlos Alimurung, Masakazu Sakai (©ONE Championship)
Kazuhiro Sakamoto, Andy Hata, Chatri Sityodtong, Carlos Alimurung, Masakazu Sakai (©ONE Championship)

ONE Championship held the official “ONE: CENTURY 世紀” media day at the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan on September 17, 2019. In attendance was ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, who was accompanied by ONE Esports CEO Carlos Alimurung and President of ONE Championship Japan Andy Hata.

Athletes in attendance include former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, Japanese legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami, former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, and ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, among others. Also featured were celebrity special guests Jurina MatsuiDante, and Junko Yaginuma.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “ONE Championship aims to bring the spirit of martial arts back to Japan with our historic 100th live event. I am extremely grateful to have the support of the best Japanese athletes in the world, and the Japanese people. Five years from now, I hope to have all of Japan join us in our mission to bring inspiration to the world through our heroes, our values, and our stories. As a company, our impact on society is enormous. We take this responsibility very seriously. For me, the most important thing is showcasing the very best of humanity. ONE Championship is inspiring the people of the world to chase their dreams and to be the best they can be, to dream more, do more, and be more in life.”

Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports, stated: “ONE Esports is here to take global leadership in the industry. Japan is a country with so many amazing stories. ONE Championship is exactly what the esports industry needs. It needs a vehicle to tell the amazing stories of esports athletes. I feel that we have the opportunity and the responsibility to share these stories with the world. My message to young Japanese boys and girls who want to become esports athletes is, that it’s a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of discipline and diligence. You have to be a student of the game. So whether you want to be an incredible basketball player, or tennis player, or esports athlete, you have to put the work in. That’s what it’s going to take to get to the top.”

Andy Hata, President of ONE Championship Japan, stated: “The mission of ONE Championship is extremely important, and it hasn’t changed since the company first started many years ago. The goal has always been to ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. Japan, of course, has played a huge role in the history and culture of martial arts. Now, we get the opportunity to spread positivity in everyday life through martial arts and through our ONE Championship heroes. ONE Championship is here to give back to Japan, to strengthen the Japanese martial arts community, and to bring forth a new era in the industry.”

Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai and Shooto CEO Kazuhiro Sakamoto also attended the official “ONE: CENTURY 世紀” media day. Meanwhile, here are more updates from ONE Championship:

UFC fighter Li Jingliang: MMA fighters have to very social

Li Jingliang, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Li Jingliang, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Fighting out of Beijing, China, “The Leech” Li Jingliang, 31, is one of the top Asian mixed martial artists currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Recently, he talked about the importance of being a people person to MMA fighters like him.

“MMA is different as a sport,” Li pointed out. “You have to be very social. You meet different people from all over the world.”

“You have to learn different skills from different people,” the Beijing native continued. “It’s also very fashionable and we look cool.”

Born in Tacheng, Xinjiang, China on March 20, 1988, Li has been competing professionally since 2007. He made his professional MMA debut in Art of War in 2007 and competed in Ultimate Martial Arts Combat in and in Legend Fighting Championship from 2010 to 2013 before joining the UFC in 2014.

On August 31, 2019, Li earned his ninth UFC win at “UFC Fight Night 157” at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. He knocked out Elizeu “Capoiera” Zaleski dos Santos, 32, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.

Li often looks at today’s MMA crowds and thinks back to when people were still coming to grips with what was still a relatively new sport in Asia back in the early 2000s. Legend FC and its stable of fighters sought to educate them.

“People didn’t really know that much about MMA and the rules,” Li recalled. “Mainly they thought it was just two people fighting each other. Crowds were often small but for us this was the start of everything.”

The Chinese MMA fighter has started to reach out as an MMA educator himself with a series of training videos available online. He was delighted to hear the news of the Legend FC relaunch in 2018.

On September 14, 2019, Li attended “Legend FC 13“ at the MGM Theater in Taipa, Ilhas, Macau, China. It is his dream to the next generation of fighters from his country emerge from the action.

“Now, that Legend FC is back the younger generation of Chinese fighters will have a chance to fight,” Li said. “It is a great step for their careers and maybe one day they can get to the UFC too.”

“Ten years ago people didn’t know about the sport,” the Chinese UFC fighter continued. “Now, they know it is safe. It’s tough. It’s physical but it is also about the strategy in your mind.”

Meanwhile, watch all the “Legend FC 13” bouts here: