Filipino MMA veteran Rene Catalan turned in a dominant performance to beat China’s Peng Xue Wen Saturday January 20, 2018 during ONE: Kings of Courage at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.
Catalan dominated the striking exchanges in the first round and matched Peng, a Greco Roman wrestling champion, in the grappling department. In the second round, Catalan dropped Peng with a liver shot and swarmed him on the ground to win by technical knockout and score his fourth straight victory inside the ONE Championship cage.
Catalan thanked the Lord for his victory and for his streak of good fortune.
“First of all, I would like to thank God Almighty for bestowing this sweet victory upon me. It’s my fourth-straight victory. Who would have thought that I can accomplish this after I went through numerous trials that I encountered in the past? Four-straight wins are quite a milestone for me on a global stage like ONE Championship. I can’t explain what I am feeling right now,” said Catalan.
“It is truly an honor to face a talented competitor and a Chinese wrestling prodigy like Peng Xue wen. I was motivated to improve and work on my grappling. He is a former champion of wrestling and much younger than me. That was my drive coming into this bout. Indeed, my preparation for this bout was beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship. I am so satisfied with how I performed. However, I still need to fix a few things as I continue to climb the strawweight ladder of ONE Championship. There is a long list of talented strawweights out there, but I am here to take the challenge. Challenges make me strong.”
Meanwhile, “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China was crowned the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion with a technical knockout victory over Singapore’s Tiffany Teo.
Jing Nan thus etched her name in the pages of history as the first ever ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion.
Relying on her accurate striking, Xiong tagged Teo repeatedly with her patented overhand rights and stinging left hooks in the fourth round. Through sheer power and determination, Xiong overwhelmed her opponent and secured the finish by dropping Teo with a volley of crisp punches, prompting veteran referee Olivier Coste to call a halt to the contest.
In an entertaining display of grappling mastery between two submission wizards, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki emerged triumphant against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in the card’s highly-anticipated Grappling Super-Match.
Tearing a page out of his opponent’s playbook, Aoki took Gafurov’s back and submitted the Russian with a tight rear-naked choke to earn a victory.
In other results Indonesian flyweight prodigy Stefer Rahardian dominated Pakistan’s Muhammad Imran over three rounds to keep his unblemished professional record intact;
Indonesian martial arts standout “The Terminator” Sunoto needed only two rounds to pull off a crafty submission finish against Cambodia’s Rin Saroth;
Thirty two-year-old Russian bantamweight standout Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev spoiled the ONE Championship return of Japanese veteran martial artist Masakazu Imanari with a unanimous decision victory.