FORMER One flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov scored a huge triumph over top contender Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines on Saturday in One:Total Victory in Jakarta.
Akhmetov consistently brought Eustaquio to the canvas, controlling the action on the ground on the way to a split decision victory.
Eustaquio would land his usual crisp, clean combinations throughout the contest, but it wasn’t enough to earn him the win as Akhmetov’s grappling proved too much to overcome.
In a battle of former world title challengers, former professional boxer Roy Doliguez of the Philippines stopped Yago Bryan of Brazil to win by third round technical knockout.
Doliguez kept Bryan on the outside with fast kicks and punch combinations. Although Bryan would land the cleaner, stronger punches throughout the bout, Doliguez found his range late into the contest. A straight left hand down the middle felled Bryan in the third round from which he was unable to recover.
Meanwhile, undefeated hometown hero Stefer Rahardian continued his winning ways in One Championship, stopping Cambodia’s Sim Bunsrun in just a little over a minute.
Rahardian, who was just recently awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, jumped on Bunsrun’s back as soon as he recognized the opening and slithered his way into a deep rear naked choke, forcing the latter to tap out.
In the fastest finish in the One Championship heavyweight division, Alain “The Panther” Ngalani stopped Hideki “Shrek” Sekine in just 11 seconds.
As Sekine charged recklessly towards Ngalani at the sound of the opening bell, Ngalani stepped back and uncorked a right hand counter right on the jaw that dumped Sekine to the ground.