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Ahead of his bout at 'Odyssey of Champions,' Jake Butler believes he is still on track to realize ONE title dream

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With so much publicity surrounding Jake Butler’s decision to quit his job on Wall Street and pursue a career in mixed martial arts (MMA), it’s easy to forget the American only made his pro debut two years ago. He is now a veteran of six pro fights and faces his toughest test yet at ONE: "Odyssey of Champions."

He is taking on Christiano Kaminishi at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta in a bout which is set for September 27th. The Brazilian is a jiu-jitsu black belt and former Heat heavyweight champion and Butler believes he will be the best opponent he has ever faced.

"In terms of record and experience, he is probably the best, but I don’t put too much weight on that stuff."

Kaminishi’s grappling looks to be of a much higher caliber than any of Butler’s previous opponents and he says it’s something he will be preparing for.

"BJJ is his strongest skill, so I will definitely have to respect his submission game and be very careful on the ground. I train with high level black belts at Evolve MMA regularly. I don’t think he will be showing me anything I haven’t seen before."

In Butler’s most recent bout, he defeated Sylvain Potard by unanimous decision. The win was particularly satisfactory as the French fighter had handed him the only loss of his career to date the previous year, scoring a surprise second round knockout in Singapore.

While Potard’s punching power caused Butler plenty of problems the first time they met, the American was able to control the rematch from start to finish. He derived immense satisfaction from avenging his first and only loss.

"It felt great. It was a loss that didn’t really sit well with me, and I am glad I was able to get a chance to avenge it."

During his wrestling career Butler competed against the likes of Phil Davis, Jake Rosholt and Chris Weidman. He’s treading a well worn path from the mat to the cage but says he’s been working tirelessly to become a truly well rounded mixed martial artist.

"Wrestling is much more prevalent in the U.S. than it is in most Asian countries, so my skill set probably stands out more here. However there is much more to MMA than just wrestling and I’m fortunate to get to work with BJJ black belts and Muay Thai world champions every day at Evolve MMA in Singapore."

So far in his career, Butler has fought in Singapore, the Philippines, and Malaysia while this will be his second fight in Indonesia and he is looking forward to returning to the scene of one of his previous victories.

"I had a great experience fighting in Indonesia last time. ONE is doing a great job giving the people of Indonesia a world class MMA event. The sport seems to be really catching on there, and the Indonesian fans are great. I am looking forward to giving them another great show on September 27th!"

ONE already has title holders in the 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 170, and 185-pound categories with an inaugural heavyweight champion set to be crowned in Manila this December. That will leave light heavyweight as the organization's only division without a belt holder and Butler is hoping that a win in Jakarta could propel him towards a 2016 title tilt.

"I am only focused on September 27th right now. I want to put on a dominant and exciting performance and after that, hopefully we can start talking about a title shot."

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