One Fighting Championship have announced three more match-ups for their September 13 mixed martial arts fight card at Jakarta’s Istora Senayan stadium.
Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad is set for a featherweight clash with No-gi grappling world champion Bruno Pucci of Brazil, while Dutch-Indonesian Vincent Latoel will make his ONE FC debut opposite Dutch veteran Willy Ni in a lightweight contest.
Indonesian grappling champion Brianata Rosadhi has also stepped in to face Malaysian bantamweight Raymond Tan.
Also on the undercard, Long Sophy will become the first Cambodian to fight in a ONE FC cage in September when he takes on Indonesian featherweight Max Metino.
The September event will be headlined by a flyweight battle between Japanese veteran Shinichi Kojima and American wrestler Andrew Leone.
“ONE FC will be back in Jakarta on 13 September with a fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Indonesian fight fans,” ONE FC CEO Victor Cui said in a press release yesterday.
“Bruno Pucci and Bashir Ahmad are two of the most electrifying featherweights in Asia and their encounter will deliver non-stop action. Indonesian standouts Vincent Latotel and Brianata Rosadhi are exciting fighters who always come ready to put on a show and I’m sure they will be looking to give the home fans something to cheer about.”
Cambodia-based fans can catch all the action live on Star Sports, while local channel MyTV also plan to show the fight with Cambodian commentary.
Ahmad is undefeated in his two professional MMA fights to date with his last win coming in an exhilarating back-and-forth slugfest against Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai at ONE FC: Kings & Champions in Singapore in April.
Ahmad had his brow split open in the first round by a vicious elbow from the Thai, but battled through two more bloody rounds to collect a points decision.
A fearsome striker, the 30-year-old Pakistani will look to keep the fight standing against a grappling specialist like Pucci.
Brazilian Pucci is a two-time No-gi grappling world champion and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He also brings a 2-0 record into the fight having produced two impressive submission victories against established Brazilian opponents.
Pucci, who turned 23 on Tuesday, now trains out of the prestigious Evolve MMA gym in Singapore and will look to make his mark in the highly competitive Asian cage fighting scene.
Vincent Latoel is a Dutch-Indonesian kickboxer that hails from the famed Golden Glory gym in Breda. A 34-year-old veteran of more than 30 fights, he will make his Asian MMA bow in Jakarta.
With roots in the Indonesian state of Moluccas, Latoel will be hoping to produce something special for 15,000-odd home fans in attendance.
Willy Ni is a shooto veteran from the Netherlands, who has faced some of the best lightweights in Europe including British slugger Dan Hardy.
He is especially proficient with his grappling skills, having claimed nine of his 15 wins by way of submission, and is relishing a return to the cage after being out of action for four years.
Indonesia’s Brianata Rosadhi has stepped in to replace injured compatriot Stefer Rahardian, who had to withdraw from the planned bout against Raymond Tan.
Rosadhi is a Wushu champion who has also impressed on the grappling circuit and will be looking to use his versatility to catapult him to a victory.
Bragging rights will be at stake as he takes on Raymond Tan from Malaysia, a nation that holds storied sporting rivalry with Indonesia.
Raymond Tan is a founding member of Penang Top Team and ranked as one of the best bantamweights in his country.
The 26-year-old will be looking to use his long reach to devastating effect with crisp striking and signature kicks when he faces Rosadhi in September.