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Eko vows to go all out as MMA fighter in ‘second chance’ career

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Singapore   /   Wed, January 22 2020   /  12:24 am
Comeback kid: Eko Roni Saputra (left) poses with his son Leon and wife Nurdila Agusta before training at the Evolve MMA gym in Singapore on Jan. 15. The former wrestler is to appear at the ONE Championship bout in Jakarta on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Muhammad Ramdan)

Comeback kid: Eko Roni Saputra (left) poses with his son Leon and wife Nurdila Agusta before training at the Evolve MMA gym in Singapore on Jan. 15. The former wrestler is to appear at the ONE Championship bout in Jakarta on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Muhammad Ramdan)Eko Roni Saputra trained hard on the wrestling mat so he could win medals for his country for 17 years. During his days as a professional wrestling athlete, Eko won gold medals at the 2012 Riau and 2016 West Java National Games (PON) and reached his peak with a silver medal at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in 2013 in Myanmar.But these sporting achievements led him only to employment as a contractual support staff at the East Kalimantan Sports Agency, where his main job is photocopying documents, preparing hot drinks for his superiors and helping to set up sound equipment for the w...