ONE Championship returns to Jakarta for Tribe of Warriors


epa05065289 Angela Lee of Singapore (L) in action against Lena Tkhorevska of Ukraine (R) during their strawweight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ONE Championship bout in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 11 December 2015. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

PETALING JAYA: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), will return to rock Jakarta with ONE: TRIBE OF WARRIORS. 

Set to take place on Feb 20 at the iconic Istora Senayan, the card features an explosive main event headlined by welterweights Luis “Sapo” Santos of Brazil and Portuguese Rafael “The Machine” Silva.

In the local main event, Dutch mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Vincent “Magnivincent” Latoel takes on the hard-hitting Kotetsu “No Face” Boku of Japan, while in the Indonesia Warrior Bout, Mario Satya Wirawan of Bogor will square off against Yohan Mulia Legowo.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated: “Jakarta will always be one of our favorite destinations because of its energy and passion for mixed martial arts.

“ONE: TRIBE OF WARRIORS is set to bring out the best in our local and international ONE Superstars, and we’re excited to give fans another evening of electrifying mixed martial arts action.”

Santos, with over 70 professional fights on his record - over half of his wins ending in KOs - has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant for spectacular finishes. 

He made a successful ONE debut with a highlight-reel knockout of Bakhtiyar Abbasov, and fans will get to witness his brute strength when he takes on Silva inside the ONE cage. 

But Silva will be no pushover though. The Portuguese has a wealth of experience of almost 15 years of professional competition – with a record of 40 wins and 15 losses.

In the women’s straw-weight, teenager Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, the Singapore-born Hawaiian resident will fight 29-year-old New Yorker Rebecca Heintzman – who is making her ONE Championship debut.

On the local front, Mario of Bogor recently recorded the fastest knockout victory in ONE Championship history with a six-second stoppage of Chan Heng last December.

The former university football player will take on Yohan, from Central Java, who is looking for his first win inside the ONE Cage, in what will be an intriguing battle for local fans to enjoy.

The undercard will begin with Jerome S. Paye of Liberia and Li Hao Jie of China in a bantamweight bout that will set the tone for what should be an amazing fight night.

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