ONE: "Odyssey of Champions" is set for Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Sunday night (Sept. 27, 2015) and the cancellation of the Beijing show has seen this card significantly strengthened with the addition of a couple of extra contests.
The top half of this card contains some huge fights including the featherweight title bout between Narantungalag Jadambaa and Marat Gafurov. There is also the return of Roger Huerta, who is potentially just one win away from a title shot, while Leandro Ataides will also be looking to assert his credentials for a second crack at the middleweight belt.
Here is my preview of the final five fights on the card. For part one click here.
135 lbs.: Mario Wirawan vs Sunoto
This fight will only be available to view live in Indonesia and will probably take place after the main event. There's no footage available of 4-1 Mario Wirawan (that I can find) but he made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut while studying in Malaysia in 2011 and his sole loss came at the hands of one of the best fighters in the country at the time.
Sunoto is coming off a loss but gave a good account of himself in the defeat to Wang Ya Yong and currently holds a 2-1 record. It's worth noting that Chinese MMA is light years ahead of Indonesian MMA, but with Fransino Tirta nursing a hand injury, this fight is sure to attract plenty of local interest and the winner could well go on to become the country's next breakout star.
150 lbs.: Vincent Latoel vs Arnaud Lepont
Vincent Latoel (15-16-2) was born and raised in Holland but Indonesian blood flows through his veins. He has been a professional for nearly 15 years and has held his own against some top fighters, losing to Adrian Pang, Caros Fodor, and Eduard Folayang, but beating Eddie Ng.
Lepont (11-4) is coming off a controversial win over Suasday Chau who was concussed by an illegal stomp from the Frenchman. He's come up short against Ng, Shinya Aoki, and Kotetsu Boku, but did beat Brian Choi and has been working very hard on his ground game. The Dutchman is without doubt a superior striker but on the ground the French fighter might just have the edge.
185 lbs.: Leandro Ataides vs Alexsei Butorin
This must feel like deja vu for Leandro Ataides (8-1). In his last fight he faced an opponent from the old Soviet Union coming off a long winning run and making his promotional debut and we all know how that turned out. If the Brazilian still harbors title winning hopes this is a must win fight and it will be interesting to see whether he abandons his ultra aggressive striking game and starts to try and put that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt to use.
Alexsei Butorin (9-0) doesn't do anything breathtaking from what I've seen, but then I said the same thing about Igor Svirid. He's a powerful puncher who likes to pressurize opponents and set up a big right hand (exactly the same thing could be said about Ataides). On the feet, I expect this to be a wild striking exchange which could end with either man unconscious but if the Brazilian can get the fight down, he will have a clear advantage.
145 lbs.: Narantungalag Jadambaa and Marat Gafurov (for Jadamba's ONE 145-pound belt)
This is my favorite ONE Championship title fight of all time. You have the defending champion who is coming to the end of his career but continues to put on age defying performances inside the cage taking on an undefeated contender who looks unstoppable.
Narantungalag Jadambaa (10-3) turns 40 in December and hasn't fought for over a year, but if you look back at his career, he barely fights once a year anyway and there has been no sign of him declining in his late thirties, despite having dropped down a division.
The bookmakers have Marat Gafurov (11-0) as a strong favorite but I'd have it dead even. The Russian is a BJJ black belt who should have the advantage on the ground, but Jadambaa is extremely well rounded and has no obvious holes in his game.
Gafurov did drop Rob Lisita with a head kick but striking is clearly not his strong point and if he can't get Jadambaa down he will struggle. Given his age and the time he has spent sitting on the sidelines the Mongolian should struggle, but that doesn't mean he will and I think the Russian will need to put in the performance of a lifetime if he wants to preserve that perfect professional record.
The entire card can be purchased for $9.99 right here while the final four fights will also be broadcast live on domestic TV by RCTN in Indonesia.