One Fighting Championship returned to Jakarta, Indonesia on June 14th, marking the 3rd time in the promotion’s history. Bringing along with them a 9-fight card dubbed, ONE FC 17: Era of Champions that featured a main event between flyweights Adriano Moraes and Kosuke Suzuki taking place at the Mata Elang International Stadium.
The 25 year old Brazilian Moraes (11-1) coming off a 2nd round victory over former UFC flyweight Yasuhiro Urushitani in his previous bout in ONE FC, looking win his 2nd straight, against “Rambo” Kosuke Suzuki (10-4-2). The 29 year old Japanese flyweight has won his last 5 fights in Shooto, and is making his ONE FC debut.
It was announced during the ONE FC 17 event that the winner of the main event will be fighting for the inaugural ONE FC Flyweight championship against the winner of a bout earlier in the event between Geje Eustaquio and Kentaro Watanabe.
Adriano Moraes was relentless once he got the fight to the mat, smothering Kosuke Suzuki on top and giving him virtually no room to work. Moraes went for an arm-triangle in the first round but Suzuki was saved by the bell. The Brazilian’s superior grappling was displayed over 3 rounds as he continued to land double leg takedowns, Moraes was able to take multiple risks on the ground as his confidence in his grappling would allow him to end up sweeping or hitting a beautiful switch to wind back on top of Suzuki.
The finish would come in the 3rd round as Adriano Moraes attempted the arm-triangle choke once again, this time successfully submitting Kosuke Suzuki on the 3rd try. With the win, Moraes earns the right to fight for the inaugural ONE FC title.
The card also featured some homegrown talent in the form of 4 Indonesian fighters: Fransino Tirta, Yohan Mulia Legowo, Zuli Silawant, and Desi Rahayu.
Fransino Tirta (16-0-1), regarded as Indonesia’s top MMA fighter, made his return to fight in his home country for the first time since 2005. He fought in the co-main event against Egyptian Sami Amin (4-2). Tirta last fought in 2011 and prior to that, just twice in 4 years, but he showed zero signs of ring rust. Tirta quickly got inside the reach of the taller Sami Amin, got the trip takedown with a body clinch and took the back of Amin, sinking the rear naked choke for the tap in just 1:08.
“I’ve been busy I guess, I’ve been busy training teaching, and trying to improve myself with my students and my team,” Tirta said. “This is just the beginning, this is the beginning of Indonesia!”
Ev Ting (7-2) handed Indonesia another loss, as he defeated Yohan Mulia Legowo (7-3), throwing ‘Ev Ting’ but the kitchen sink at his opponent in the stand up. Ting proved to be physically the more power fighter both grappling and landing a series of powerful strikes that would cause Legowo to stubble around the cage and eventually drop and finish his opponent in the first round.
In the 2nd ONE FC flyweight title eliminator bout Geje Eustaquio (6-2) and Kentaro Watanabe (11-4) fought for the right to fight Adriano Moraes in the future. It was a closely contested fight over 3 rounds, that saw Watanabe sling wild haymakers in attempt to knock out Eustaquio. While the Filipino Eustaquio used a more technical approach, utilizing range and distance to land punches and kicks, and avoiding the power of Watanabe. In the end Geje Eustaquio was awarded the judges’ decision and earned the flyweight title shot.
Elsewhere on the card, top ONE FC Malaysian prospect, Gianni Subba (4-1) made a quick turn around after suffering his first career loss at ONE FC 15 in May. Subba bounced back with his 4th finish in as many victories, defeating Ruel Catalan (2-5) with a 2nd round triangle choke.
A couple of flyweights made their pro MMA debuts as Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (1-0) emerged victorious over boxer Jomanz Omanz (0-1). Dejdamrong unleashed a flurry from the opening bell with a barrage of strikes on the feet in the first round that ended with ground and pound in the guard Omanz, leading to a couple of knees to the head for the TKO.
Veteran welterweight out of Myanmar, Aung La N Sang (15-9) moved up to middleweight and continued his streak of winning all his fights by stoppage, reversing Mahmoud Salama (4-5) into mount and quickly putting him away with powerful ground and pound in the first round.
Hometown Indonesians Zuli Silawanto and Desi Rahayu fought on the ONE FC 17 prelims, but only one emerged victorious. Mohammad Sotounzadeh (1-0) won his pro MMA debut by slamming Zuli Silawanto (7-7) on his head while caught in an armbar attempt, a follow up punch rendered a knockout for the Iranian.
While Desi Rahayu (1-0) had a successful pro MMA debut, as the judoka dominated her opponent, Ella Tang on the mat for a full 3 rounds despite being unable to secure multiple submission attempts.
ONE FC 17 Full Results:
- Adriano Moraes def. Kosuke Suzuki via Submission (arm-triangle choke)–Round 3, 1:35
- Fransino Tirta def. Sami Amin via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 1, 1:08
- Geje Eustaquio def. Kentaro Watanabe via Unanimous Decision
- Aung La N Sang def. Mahmoud Salama via TKO (ground and pound)– Round 1, 1:06
- Ev Ting def. Yohan Mulia Legowo via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 4:35
- Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Jomanz Omanz via TKO (ground and pound)–Round 1, 4:33
- Gianni Subba def. Ruel Catalan via Submission (triangle choke)–Round 2, 2:43
- Mohammad Sotounzadeh def. Zuli Silawanto via Knockout (ground and pound)–Round 1, 1:24
- Desi Rahayu def. Ella Tang via Unanimous Decision