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.
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.
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.
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: