ONE: "Titles & Titans" is headlined by a welterweight fight between a former champion and a former challenger. Luis Santos and Igor Svirid seldom go the distance and the main event at the Jakarta Convention Centre this Saturday could be a bout to remember.
The co-main event is a potential title eliminator in the middleweight division with promotional veteran Jake Butler taking on Karate specialist Marcin Prachnio. The top half of the card also features rising lightweight prospect Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev.
Here's my preview of the last four fights (as always with ONE weights are normal walking weight). For part one click here.
170lbs.: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs Jietebusibai Haolan
While Christian Lee has taken the plaudits the best prospect on the ONE Championship roster is probably not the Singaporean / Korean featherweight but a lightweight fighter from Dagestan. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (3-0) was sent to a boarding school specializing in Wushu at the age of 5 and has been training ever since.
He's now based in Istanbul and has placed on the podium at numerous grappling tournaments in Europe. Arslanaliev has destroyed both his ONE Championship opponents to date in under a round and will probably do the same thing to promotional newcomer Jietebusibai Haolan (1-2).
155lbs.: Vincent Latoel vs Edward Kelly
Edward Kelly (7-3) is coming off the biggest win of his career against previously undefeated Australian Jordan Lucas and has actually overtaken his brother Eric in the rankings. They both share a similar skill set with Wushu style striking and the ability to lock in rear naked chokes from unorthodox angles.
Vincent Latoel (17-17-2) has a 5 cm height advantage and will probably look to use his height and reach. These two have 12 ONE Championship fights between then looks to be a well matched contest which could go either way.
205lbs.: Marcin Prachnio vs Jake Butler
Jake Butler (7-1) has spent his entire pro career competing for ONE Championship and has been thrown in with an increasingly impressive level of opposition. The former NCAA Division 1 wrestler is coming off back to back wins over Japanese veterans Tatsuya Mizuno and Christiano Kaminishi and is within touching distance of a title shot.
Whereas Butler is primarily a wrestler Marcin Prachnio (11-2) has a background in Kyukoshin Karate. He looked extremely impressive against Alexandre Machado in his promotional debut and beat Leandro Ataides by split decision in his most recent fight after three underwhelming rounds.
There's no way that Butler is going to win a striking battle with Prachnio. The challenge for him is to take the Polish fighter down and keep him down without engaging in any sort of a stand up exchange. From what we've seen of the American so far he's more than capable of doing just this.
185lbs.: Igor Svirid vs Luis Santos
ONE: "Titles & Titans" might not be the strongest card the promotion has put on this year but it has one hell of a main event. Luis Santos (62-9-1-1) brings world class striking skills which have been honed over the course of 74 professional MMA fights.
Igor Svirid (10-2) hits hard too and is a former middleweight champion who knocked Leandro Ataides out to win the belt and scored multiple knockdowns against Vitaly Bigdash in his first defence. He would probably have won that fight had it not been for a broken hand but the Kazakhstani is making his welterweight debut in Jakarta.
For all his striking skills, and he has 36 KO/TKO wins, Santos is is extremely well rounded. He holds black belts in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and although their fight was called off after 2:19 due to an eye poke Ben Askren was unable to take him down.
Santos has more ways to win and is within his rights to feel he's at an advantage on the ground. But Svirid has huge heart and plenty of punching power so if this turns into a brawl than absolutely anything could happen. There's probably a welterweight title shot on the line and it would be a surprise if this one went the distance.
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