[PHOTOS] Thailand vs Philippines: Pongsiri Mitsatit, Robin Catalan fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Bangkok

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Thailand and the Philippines were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The eighth bout of the evening was between Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22, of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 28, of Iloilo, Philippines.

While Mitsatit was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Catalan solely represented the Philippines. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Catalan is a Muay Thai World Champion who started training in martial arts in 2006 . He would go on to win numerous tournaments in both wushu and Muay Thai, including the Philippines National Wushu Sanda Championship in 2007 and 2008 and a IFMA Muay Thai World Championship in 2011.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Catalan’s eighth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Catalan Fighting System in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Red Corner

Mitsatit is a Chiang Mai Muay Thai Champion who decided to pick up Muay Thai to learn how to protect himself as well as help to support his family financially. He made his professional MMA debut in 2014 and has rapidly emerged as one of Thailand’s most exciting talents.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Mitsatit’s sixth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand.

Fight Result

Mitsatit and Catalan competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

Umeki put a stop to the strawweight contest after 3 minutes and 5 seconds in the first round. Mitsatit knocked out Catalan via knee.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional MMA record of Mitsatit to 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Catalan now has 8 wins and 6 losses.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.

Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured Nong-o, Petchdam and Pongsiri along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, and Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

[PHOTOS] Indonesia vs Philippines: Stefer Rahardian, Robin Catalan fight at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Jakarta

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Indonesia and the Philippines 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 seventh bout of the evening, Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 32, of Jakarta faced Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, of Iloilo, Philippines.

Blue Corner

Born in Santa Barbara, Iloilo on August 10, 1988, Catalan started his martial arts training in 2006. He wanted to follow the footsteps of his older brother Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 30, who is a multiple-time wushu world champion and is also a ONE Championship athlete.

Robin won the Philippines National Wushu Sanda Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Muay Thai Championship in 2011. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked his seventh bout in ONE Championship.

Red Corner

A protege of Carlson Gracie, Rahardian is known as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. He is training out of Jakarta and Bali Muay Thai and MMA.

Rahardian was the ONE Indonesia Flyweight Tournament Champion. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked his eighth ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Rahardian and Robin competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, referee Kemp Cheng raised the hand of Robin. The Filipino fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Robin’s professional MMA record to 8 wins and 5 losses. It marked his fourth win in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, Rahardian now has 8 wins and 3 losses. He is now riding a three-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.

Brazil, China, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand 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:

Robin Catalan: Stefer Rahardian’s grappling is good but his striking is not that dangerous

Robin Catalan (© ONE Championship)
Robin Catalan (© ONE Championship)

Hailing from Iloilo City, Philippines, Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, won two of his three fights in ONE Championship in 2018. In 2019, his first bout will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia at “ONE: Eternal Glory” on January 19, 2019.

Catalan will face Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 32, of Jakarta at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” The Filipino mixed martial artist looks to showcase his continuous development in his grappling when he takes on his Indonesian opponent.

Five of Rahardian’s nine wins were via submission. The Jakarta native is known for his slick grappling skills.

On July 27, 2018, Rahardian faced Catalan’s brother Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. After three five-minute rounds, the Indonesian fighter lost via unanimous decision, marking his first ever professional MMA loss.

“I think he’s a good grappler,” Robin said of Rahardian. “But his striking is not as a threat as he is on the ground. I’ll study his match against my brother to see how Rene was able to get the win, and maybe add some of the things I have been working on as well.”

Robin. An International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) Muay Thai World Champion, Robin knows that he has a huge advantage on the feet but he insists that he is not taking this match for granted.

Having witnessed Rene prepare for Rahardian for “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Robin is confident that his hands will be raised after the contest at “ONE: Eternal Glory.”  Knowing that Rahardian has his own set of advantages, Robin is working double time to try and neutralize it.

“I just need to follow the game plan that we have,” Robin said. “Regardless if it’s a decision or a knockout, my hand will be raised after the match.”

For Robin, it is only a matter of time before he gets catapulted to contendership status if he beats Rahardian at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” The Filipino MMA fighter said, “I’d like to have more wins.”

“I know the continuous developments in my game will lead me there,” Robin added. “Of course, a world title shot would be great, but I think I need to work on getting more wins to earn it.”

Watch Rene and Rahardian’s bout here:

Japan’s Hayato Suzuki earns 3rd ONE Championship win

Hayato Suzuki
Hayato Suzuki

On October 6, 2018, Hayato Suzuki, 32, of Misato, Saitama, Japan competed in ONE Championship for the fourth time. He was one of the three Japanese athletes who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the sixth bout of the evening, Ishige competed in an MMA bout in the strawweight division against Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, of Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the MMA strawweight bout between Suzuki and Catalan at 3:42 in the second round. The Japanese fighter submitted his Filipino opponent via rear-naked choke.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Suzuki’s professional MMA record to 19 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. On the other hand, Catalan now has 8 win and 4 losses.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here:

Iloilo’s Robin Catalan honored to represent Philippines at ‘ONE: Kingdom of Heroes’ in Thailand

Robin Catalan, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Robin Catalan, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke

The Philippines will be well-represented when ONE Championship returns to Bangkok for what will be Thailand’s biggest martial arts event of the year. One of the two Filipino mixed martial artists on the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” card is Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, of Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines.

“It’s a gigantic honor,” Catalan said. “I can’t believe that I will be on the same stage as some of the best martial artists in the world. I promise to do the country proud.”

Taking place at the 11,000-seater Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018, “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” will feature 6 mixed martial arts matches and 8 ONE Super Series striking-only contests, which include 1 boxing bout. In the sixth bout of the evening, Catalan will compete in an MMA bout in the strawweight division against Hayato Suzuki, 32, of Misato, Saitama, Japan.

Catalan is excited to be flying the Philippine flag in an event with the type of magnitude that “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” possesses. He is one of the younger brothers of Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, who competes in the strawweight division of ONE Champion.

It was Rene who was originally scheduled to face Suzuki at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” However, the former was injured so he was replaced by his younger brother.

Representing the Philippines alongside Robin at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” is Kyokushin Karate black belt Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales, who makes his return to the ONE Championship stage against Indonesia’s Dodi “The Maung” Mardian in the card’s opening flyweight contest.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” will be headlined by a highly-anticipated WBC Super Flyweight World Championship boxing match between Thailand’s very own reigning champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz. Here is a clip featuring the two boxers:

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Wushu warriors Gina Iniong, Robin Catalan to represent Philippines at ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’ in China

Robin Catalan, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Robin Catalan, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke

The Philippines has two representatives at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on July 7, 2018, namely Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 27, of Iloilo and Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 29, of Baguio City. Both are on the preliminary card.

“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” will kick off with a strawweight bout between Catalan and Adrian “Papua Badboy” Mattheis, 25, of Indonesia. In the fourth bout of the evening, Iniong and Istela Nunes, 25, of Brazil will compete in the women’s atomweight division.

Iniong is a six-time Philippine National Wushu Champion and a member of the famed Team Lakay. On the other hand, Catalan is a Muay Thai World Champion training under Catalan Fighting Systems in Manila.

Catalan was born in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, in the Visayan province of the Philippines, which is known for producing world-class boxers. He started training in martial arts in 2006 with hopes of following in the footsteps of his older brother Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, 39, a multiple-time Wushu world champion.

Aside from Rene, Robin has another martial artist brother, Rabin “The Rock” Catalan, 32. The three siblings are all ONE Championship athletes.

Robin would go on to win numerous tournaments in both Wushu and Muay Thai, including the Philippines National Wushu Sanda Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the IFMA World Muay Thai Championship in 2011. Inevitably, just like his brothers, Robin turned his attention to mixed martial arts.

Both Iniong and Robin are competing in ONE Championship for the fifth time. If they both win at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” it will be Iniong’s fourth win and Robin’s third victory in the promotion.

In the main event of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei will compete for the inaugural ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated, “World-class martial arts makes a triumphant return to the beautiful city of Guangzhou with another spectacular event.”

Meanwhile, watch one of Iniong’s previous bouts here: