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Eko Roni uses shoulder lock to finish off Murugan Silvarajoo in first round

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 10, 2020   /   04:36 pm
 Eko Roni uses shoulder lock to finish off Murugan Silvarajoo in first round Indonesian wrestler Eko Roni Saputra (left) is declared the winner of his bout against Malaysian contender Murugan Silvarajoo in the first round of ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES on Friday (JP/Courtesy of ONE Championship)

Indonesian national wrestling champion Eko Roni Saputra put forth a spectacular performance, dominating newcomer Murugan “Wolverine” Silvarajoo of Malaysia to earn a first-round victory in the ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, which was broadcast on Friday.

At the sound of the opening bell, Eko quickly chased Silvarajoo across the Circle. The Indonesian unloaded a series of powerful boxing combinations against the fence, as Silvarajoo covered up. Taking the Malaysian down to the mat, Eko advanced to the bout-ending submission, using his feet to tweak Silvarajoo’s shoulder in a joint lock maneuver to force the tap shortly after.

“I appear more comfortable now because I train a lot in striking, boxing and Muay Thai. I don't want to just rely on my take-down wrestling skills, but I start my game with striking, then I start the take-down," Eko, who trains at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore, said.

In the main bout, reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand successfully retained his Muay Thai World Title with a near-flawless performance against ISKA K-1 World Champion and number one ranked contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.

Sam-A appeared composed and relaxed to start the bout, delivering a volley of fast boxing combinations and high round kicks in the first round. In the beginning of the second, Sam-A dropped Tonna with a bullet-like left straight, sending the Australian to a mandatory 8-count. Sensing he had his opponent hurt, Sam-A poured on the pressure and dropped Tonna two more times en route to a technical knockout victory.

In another round, former ONE World Title challenger and current fifth-ranked flyweight Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia may have boosted himself up the divisional ladder based on his most recent showing. The Gold Coast native drew up a dominant performance, knocking out three-time IBJJF No-Gi European Champion Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen of Finland in the first round.