One Pride MMA champ Achmad Eko Priandono submits Yusuf Susilo at ‘One Pride Never Quit Fight Night 32’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

Achmad Eko Priandono (©One Pride MMA)
Achmad Eko Priandono (©One Pride MMA)

Reigning One Pride MMA Bantamweight Champion Achmad “Electrical Knock Out” Eko Priandono, 25, of Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia successfully defended his belt at “One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions.” It was his sixth victory in One Pride MMA.

“One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions” took place at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 21, 2019.  In the co-main event of the evening, karate fighter Yusuf Susilo, 34, of Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia challenged challenged Priandono.

The title bout started off evenly. Priandono landed more strikes while Susilo landing fewer but more powerful shots.

Things got heated up in the second round when Susilo scored a knockdown swarmed on Priandono. The defending champion quickly recovered and switched to his ground game to control the fight and swiftly secured an armbar, which marked his first submission victory in his professional MMA career.

Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), the victory is ours tonight and Yusuf put up a good fight,” Priandono said right after his victory. “I’ve made a mistake when I tried to find my distance and Yusuf managed to capitalize on it and landed some hard shots.”

Winning at “One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions” improved the professional MMA record to 6 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Susilo now has 3 wins and 3 losses.

Born in Indonesia on December 19, 1993, Priandono has been competing professionally since 2017. He is now riding a five-bout winning streak.

When Priandono made his professional MMA debut in One Pride MMA on April 6, 2017, he defeated his countryman “Macho Kamacho” Fajar, 24, via unanimous decision. On September 9, 2017, Priandono had his first loss when his countryman Sony Rizaldi defeated him via unanimous decision.

In the main event of  “One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions,”reigning One Pride MMA Lightweight Champion Jeka “Si Tendangan Maut” Asparido Saragih, 24, of Indonesia submitted Mhar John “Magnanimous” Palalisan Manahan, 25, Philippines via rear naked choke in the first round.

Watch the bout between Priandono and Susilo here:

Indonesia’s Jeka Saragih submits Philippines’ Mhar John Manahan at ‘One Pride Never Quit Fight Night 32’ in Jakarta

Jeka Saragih (©One Pride MMA)
Jeka Saragih (©One Pride MMA)

One Pride MMA Lightweight Champion Jeka “Si Tendangan Maut” Asparido Saragih, 24, of Indonesia successfully defended his belt “One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions” at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 21, 2019. His challenger was Mhar John “Magnanimous” Palalisan Manahan, 25, Philippines.

“One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions” marked the first international fights of both Saragih and Manahan. The Filipino challenger entered the cage as an undefeated mixed martial artist.

Manahan started strong with a solid right straight that briefly stunned Saragih. The Indonesian defending champion quickly fought back, landing a left kick that knocked the Filipino challenger down that allowed the former to control the back of the latter to sink in a rear naked choke to end the fight on 3:12 of first round.

“This is my first international fight,” Manahan said. “If One Pride offers a rematch, I will not refuse, but not this year, maybe in the coming years.”

During the post-fight interview, Saragih was clear on his goal in One Pride MMA. He explained, “In the beginning, I didn’t want to put pressure on Mhar John and feel out his game.”

“I was surprised that he decided to push the pace earlier so I just answered in kind and win the fight,” Saragih continued. “I am very happy for this international fight and I see this as a proving ground for myself. Going forward, I want to have a second title on a different weight division.”

Losing to Saragih downgraded the professional MMA record to 3 wins and 1 loss. He trains under the tutelage of the wushu world champion Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, of the Philippines.

Manahan is representing Catalan Fighting System and Master Gym Philippines. He was born in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines on December 1, 1993.

Saragih was born on January 1, 1995. He is training out of Satria Negara Fighting Camp Batam and Bandung.

When Saragih made his professional MMA debut in One Pride MMA on September 10, 2016, he was submitted via kimura by his countryman Kevin “Lion Heart” Sulistio, 24. Since then, the former bounced back and won all of his next bouts in the promotion.

Winning at “One Pride Pro Never Quit Fight Night 32: Spirit of Champions” improved the professional MMA record of Saragih to 8 wins and 1 loss. Here is a clip from his fight against Manahan:

‘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.

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Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp to feature 68 players from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam

Jr. NBA Philippines
Jr. NBA Philippines

The Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp will take place at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 15-16, 2019, the National Basketball Association announced on May 31, 2019. The camp will feature 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 64 participants will compete for the opportunity to represent the region in the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world. It will be held on August 6-11, 2019 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

In addition to five-on-five competition, Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp will focus on technical and tactical skills development. It will culminate with the selection of 10 boys and 10 girls who will represent Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2019.

Aside from improving youth health and wellness, the Jr. NBA program in Asia also aims to address growing inactivity by integrating basketball into the local physical education curriculum. Since its launch in 2014, the program has reached more than 18 million boys and girls across Asia, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect (S.T.A.R.).

Throughout Asia, the Jr. NBA Coaches Academy has trained more than 62,000 teachers from 37,000 schools across 50 cities. It is the program’s government-supported train-the-trainers initiative which aims to further local development by establishing standards for how the sport should be coached and enjoyed.

Both boys and girls divisions will be featured in the Jr. NBA Global Championship, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the global championship games on August 11, 2019.

More than 300 boys and girls from 35 countries participated in the inaugural Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2018.  During the weeklong event, all 32 teams participated in off-court activities including life skills sessions, Disney park visits, a community service project, and educational meetings with current and former NBA and WNBA players and coaches.

The Central girls from Kansas City, Missouri, USA defeated the Europe girls team 68-38 while the Central boys from Overland Park, Kansas, USA defeated the Africa and Middle East boys team 60-50 in the global championship games.

Meanwhile, here is a clip from Jr. NBA Asia:

More information about the Jr. NBA Global Championship can be found at www.jrnbagc.nba.com.  

To learn more about the Jr. NBA program in Asia, follow the @JrNBAAsia on Facebook, @jrnbaasia on Instagram and visit www.jrnba.asia for updates and program information, including training resources and tips on staying fit.