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MMA fighter Eko Roni proves his point by overpowering Sichan in first round

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 8, 2020   /   08:02 pm
MMA fighter Eko Roni proves his point by overpowering Sichan in first round Eko Roni Saputra presses his Cambodian opponent Khon Sichan using the rear naked choke technique during Friday's ONE Championship bout at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of ONE Championship)

Indonesian wrestler-turned-MMA fighter Eko Roni Saputra has proven he can make the switch to a new career with a quick win at the ONE Championship bout at Jakarta’s Istora Senayan sports complex on Friday.

At the event, dubbed the ONE: Warrior’s Code, Eko orchestrated the fight from the first minute by forcing Sichan into a ground battle. While Sichan set himself free at first and was able get back on his feet, Eko gave him little chance and finally brought him down again. The fight reached climax when Eko used the rear naked choke technique to overpower his opponent just before the end of the first round.

In the main bout, Thai fighter Petchmorakot Petchyindee put an end to any hopes of his counterpart Pongsiri PK. Saenchai and secured the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai Championship belt. Petchyindee brought to bear all his Muay Thai techniques on Saenchai, who was often seen in defensive mode and could rarely keep up with Pethyindee’s aggressive stance. Therefore, even though Saenchai survived all five rounds, the panel had no doubt about awarding victory to Petchyindee.

In another arena, Dutch middleweight contender Reinier de Ridder is one step closer to taking on ONE Championship middleweight title holder Aung La Nsang as he defeated Brazil’s Sang Leandro “Wolf” Ataides. Ataides had launched massive attacks from the very beginning, but de Ridder calmed them down and even stole major points by delivering his blows on target.