Feb. 11, 2012 -- Indonesia -- ONE Fighting Championship's first show in Jakarta introduced Indonesian fans to mixed martial arts (MMA) in unforgettable style with submission and knockouts throughout the course of the 10-fight card.
The main event was an all out war between Ole Laursen and Felipe Enomoto. Both fighters came out swinging in the opening round and exchanged wild shots with the Filipino getting the better of the exchanges, but taking some solid hits in the process.
After having not fought for over a year Laursen appeared to enjoy being back in the cage as he repeatedly dropped his hands and grinned at Enomoto. Laursen looked to be ahead in the second round as he repeatedly tagged his opponent with left hooks and hard low kicks.
Just as it appeared that Laursen was firmly in control of the fight, Enomoto dropped him with a solid head kick and followed him to the ground, taking his back and sinking in a rear naked choke. The crowd at the BritAma arena sounded their appreciation for both fighters at the end of the frantic battle.
Despite being hit multiple times, Enonomoto exhibited an iron chin and admitted afterwards that he had been rocked several times during the fight.
"Ole's a real warrior, a real fighter and the only way to fight a guy like this is to be a warrior yourself. Two times I was really hurt but I knew I just had to believe in myself and keep on going. My brother kept telling me to go for the high kick and that's what I did and luckily it worked."
Earlier in the night Bae Young Kwon showed why he is rated as one of the top featherweight fighters in Korea when the Road FC veteran sunk in an inescapable rear naked choke submitted unbeaten URCC Champion Honorio Banario early in the opening round of their fight.
It was a better night for Banario's Team Lakay training partner Geje Eustaquio, who took on Alex Silva in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining fights of the night. The Brazilian is a BJJ world champion and secured an early takedown but found himself on the receiving end of some vicious ground and pound which opened up a deep cut above his eye.
After lengthy treatment, Silva was allowed to continue and almost finished the fight with a rear naked choke at the end of the first round, but Eustaquio showcased some outstanding submission defence. It was a close contest going into the third round when Eustaquio began to dominate the stand up exchanges to ultimately win a unanimous decision victory.
Four local fighters were in action on the undercard with Victorio Senduk defeating Malaysian Raymond Tiew by TKO. The Indonesian appeared to be in trouble early on as he was mounted and repeatedly punched, but he was able to recover and secure a deep leg lock. Tiew showed great heart to fight his way out but sustained a serious knee injury and was unable to continue.
A highly entertaining all Indonesian affair kicked off the evening, which ended with Zuli Silawanto knocking out Agus Nanang.
ONE FC CEO/Owner Victor Cui was delighted to see so many Indonesian fans in the BritAma Arena, particularly given that MMA has been largely absent from Indonesia since 2007.
"Tonight fight fans in Jakarta got a glimpse of exactly why MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet. The fights were fantastic and had a little bit of everything, submissions, knockouts and some real battles. At ONE Fighting Championship we want to put on exciting, action packed fights and I feel that's exactly what we did tonight."
Complete ONE FC: "Battle of Heroes" results:
- Felipe Enomoto vs Ole Laursen -- Enomoto wins via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:49 of round two
- Bae Young Kwon vs Honorio Banario -- Kwon wins via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 0:56 of round one
- Rustam Khabilov vs Rodrigo Ribeiro -- Khabilov wins via decision (Unanimous)
- Gustavo Falciroli vs Soo Chul Kim -- Falciroli wins via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:12 of round one
- Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp -- Gracie wins via submission at 1:18 of round one
- Victorio Senduk vs Raymond Tiew -- Senduk wins via TKO (Knee Injury) at 4:02 of round one
- Geje Eustaquio vs Alex Silva -- Eustaquio wins via Decision (Unanimous)
- Irshaad Sayed vs Jessie Rafols -- Sayed wins via KO (Punch) at 1:49 of round one
- Peter Davis vs Ngabdi Mulyadi -- Davis wins via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:54 of round three
- Zuli Silawanto vs Agus Nanang -- Silawanto wins via TKO (Punches) at 0:47 of round one
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