[PHOTOS] New Zealand vs Thailand: Alexi Serepisos vs Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Indonesia

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New Zealand and Thailand were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It is the first event of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in 2019.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Super Series debutantes Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of Hamilton, New Zealand faced Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Isaan, Thailand.

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Born in Isaan to rice farmer parents, Mongkolpetch was only 10 years old when he first competed. He eventually moved to Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, trained at Kesa Gym and became a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion.

But due to some distractions, Mongkolpetch stopped training and was kicked out by Kesa Gym. Eventually, he was recruited by Petchyindee Academy.

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Serepisos was born in Hamilton to immigrant Greek parents. He was 16 years old when his first child was born.

It was at JAI Thai Boxing where Serepisos started his martial arts training. The Kiwi fighter is The WMC I1 World Champion.

Fight Result

Serepisos and Mongkolpetch competed in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It was one of the two ONE Super Series contests on the card.

After three rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of Mongkolpetch, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Mongkolpetch’s professional record to 111 wins and 40 losses. On the other hand, Serepisos now has 40 wins and 14 losses.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Event

In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap:

Team Lakay has solid game plan in place for Joshua Pacio’s title defense against Yosuke Saruta in Indonesia

Joshua Pacio, Yosuke Saruta

To become a ONE World Champion is an achievement few athletes accomplish during their professional careers but earning that coveted title and keeping that title are two entirely different things.

Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, wrote his name in the history books last September when he defeated Yoshitaka Naito to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

Pacio will now attempt to do what neither Naito or the man Naito took the belt off of Alex Silva could do, and that is to mount a successful defense of the title he has only recently claimed.

“The Passion” is set to have his first defense on 19 January at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY in Jakarta, Indonesia against the highly-rated Japanese athlete Yosuke Saruta.

Saruta is a relative newcomer to the ONE roster but made an instant impact when he defeated Silva via unanimous decision in December at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS.

The 31-year-old former Shooto World Champion is not only a skilled grappler, he also packs lethal right hand, capable of sending his opponents to sleep before they are even aware they have been hit.

None of this is news to Pacio, and the 22-year-old is aware of the fact that there will be no room for errors when the cage doors close on January 19, 2019.

“I’m coming into this fight, as usual, in the best shape of my life,” Pacio said recently to onefc.com.

“The way I fight, my style is very fast-paced with constant movement. To be able to maintain my pace, I have to be in great physical condition. We have worked extensively on my conditioning, and I’m prepared for a five-round war.

“Of course, we still have a solid game plan in place, and that’s going to be a huge key to victory. I have the best team behind me and the best coach.

“As long as we put our heads together, and I follow my coach’s instructions, I’m confident I can retain the title and bring home another golden strap to Baguio City.”

A  championship bout is stressful enough, but for Pacio, who trains out of Team Lakay there will be the added pressure of being the first of Team Lakay’s four ONE World Champions to stage a successful title defense in 2019.

Alongside Pacio, the Baguio City gym is also home to ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon, and ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

“The Passion” will no doubt be wanting to start Team Lakay’s year on the right track but there is no telling how the pressure will impact his mindset leading up to the contest.

However, from recent interviews, it would appear that the Filipino is relishing the extra scrutiny that comes with being a World Champion.

“This is my chance to prove that I deserve the golden strap. It belongs here in the Philippines. I will defend it with faith and hard work,” Pacio said. “That goes for the rest of the team. Our dedication and love for this sport allows us to do amazing things. We find ways to train through anything.”

“Even though we don’t have fancy gym equipment, or the latest in technology, or even nutritionists, we still manage to succeed with good old fashioned hard work,” Pacio continued. “We research, study, and learn. We adapt, and we apply. I am so proud to be a part of Team Lakay and to represent my country on the global stage of ONE Championship. I will do everything I can to keep the title.”

The first ONE Championship main event of 2019 is shaping up to be a possible classic encounter between two determined and highly-focused competitors, and if this is what the year has in store for ONE fans, it will definitely be a memorable one.

Here is a recent interview with Pacio:

[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Bruno Pucci, Kotetsu Boku fight at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Brazil and Japan were among the 14 countries to be represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. It is the first event of ONE Championship in 2019.

Featured on the fight card were two Muay Thai bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches. In the sixth bout of the evening, Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci, 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil faced Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 41, of Shizuoka, Japan.

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Boku is a South Korean-Japanese MMA fighter and kickboxer. He was born Park Kwang Cheol on May 27, 1977 in Shizuoka.

As an MMA fighter, Boku has been competing professionally since 2001. Early in his career, he competed mostly in Shooto.

When Boku made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Rise of Kings” on October 6, 2012, he knocked out Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira, 35, of Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the South Korean-Japanese fighter’s 12th bout in the promotion.

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Pucci is a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion. He holds a professional BJJ record of 170 wins and 55 losses.

As an MMA fighter, Pucci has been competing professionally since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2013.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” marked Pucci’s eighth ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a technical submission victory over “White Dragon” Xie Chao, 26, of Qingzhou, Shandong, China at  “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” on November 17, 2018.

Fight Result

Pucci and Boku competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes and 32 seconds in the first round when the Brazilian fighter submitted his Japanese opponent via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Pucci’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 3 losses. He is now riding a two-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Boku now has 26 wins, 13 losses and 2 draws. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Events

In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.

In the co-main event, Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of New Zealand and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Thailand competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

China, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.

Watch all the “ONE: Eternal Glory” bouts here:

France vs Australia: Florent Kaouachi, Steve McKinnon fight at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

UPDATE: This bout was cancelled.

France and Australia are among the 16 countries to be represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. It is the first event of ONE Championship in 2019.

Featured on the fight card are one Muay Thai bout, one kickboxing contest and 12 mixed martial arts matches. In the fifth bout of the evening, Florent Kaouachi, 30, of Reunion Island, France will face Steve “The Smashing Machine” McKinnon, 42, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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McKinnon was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 23, 1976. Training out of the Bulldog Gym in Sydney, he is the reigning World Boxing Council Muaythai Super Cruiserweight World Champion.

At the age of 4, McKinnon started his martial arts training in shotokan karate. When he made his professional kickboxing debut in 2000, he won the International Sport Karate Association Australian Cruiserweight title.

The Australian kickboxer is riding a three-bout winning streak. He is the only Australian fighter competing at “ONE: Eternal Glory,” which marks his ONE Super Series debut.

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Kaouachi was born on June 9, 1988 in Picardie, which was declared a part of Hauts-de-France in 2016, to an Algerian father and a French mother. The mother is from Saint-Leu, Reunion.

The Algerian-French kicboxer is a three-time Kickboxing World Champion. He was also an International Federation of Muaythai Amateur European Championships silver medalist.

When Kaouachi made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” on July 13, 2018, he lost to Sergej “Kuvalda” Maslobojev, 31, of Klaipeda, Lithuania via unanimous decision. The former is the only fighter representing France at “ONE: Eternal Glory,” which marks his second outing in the ONE Championship striking-only league.

Fight Result

Kaoachi and McKinnon will compete in a kickboxing contest in the middleweight division.

[RESULTS TO BE ADDED HERE]

McKinnon: 48-8

Kaouachi: 35-6

“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Events

In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

[RESULTS TO BE ADDED HERE]

In the co-main event, Puja Tomar, 25, of Muzaffernaga, India will face Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 30, of Jakarta, Indonesia in the women’s atomweight division.

[RESULTS TO BE ADDED HERE]

Brazil, Cambodia, China, England, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, the Netherlands and the Philippines will also be represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.