[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:

Bali MMA helps Stefer Rahardian prepare for ‘ONE: Conquest of Heroes’ bout against Peng Xue Wen

Stefer Rahardian, Olivier Coste, Rene Catalan
Stefer Rahardian, Olivier Coste, Rene Catalan

Training out of Bali MMA, Stefer Rahardian, 31, of Jakarta, Indonesia is in the mood to get back on the winning track in his homeland at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” on September 22, 2018. This is his chance to redeem himself after recently losing his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record.

“Coming into this bout, I have a renewed confidence,” Rahardian stated. “I am training really hard. With the help of my teammates at Bali MMA, I am motivated to show the world that I am worthy to compete on an international stage like ONE Championship.”

On July 27, 2018, Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 39, of the Philippines defeated Rahardian at “ONE: Reign of Kings” in the Philippines. It was the first time the Indonesian grappling wizard lost a professional MMA bout.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” Rahardian will face Peng Xue Wen of China. The latter is a Chinese National Greco-Roman Wrestling Silver Medalist, who notched an impressive 57-second stoppage victory at the expense of Eddey “The Clown” Kalai of Malaysia on July 7, 2018 at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.”

“I have dreams of becoming a world champion in this wonderful sport someday, and I am coming and willing to work for it,” Rahardian said. Despite the jagged path to the upper echelon of ONE Championship’s talented 56.7-kilogram weight class, he is inspired to embrace the grind as he witnessed many celebrated world champions in history who had to endure a tumultuous period of uncertainty before they could reach the pinnacle of success.

Rahardian is determined to make sure he would not go through a similar experience like his last cage outing in ONE Championship. The Bali MMA fighter shared, “Now, the focus has been on sharpening my talent and making sure I learn from my mistakes in my last bout.”

“ONE: Conquest of Heroes” will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Rahardian:

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