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ONE: ‘Grit & Glory’ Preview (Pt. 2)

ONE Championship returns to Indonesia on Friday night (May 11, 2018) with a card headlined by a strawweight title rematch. Alex Silva became the first man to ever beat Yoshitaka Naito last year and the Brazilian champion will need to do the same thing again in his first defense.

There’s also a middleweight bout between former champion VItaly Bigdash and former challenger Leandro Ataides that could produce fireworks. The Russian was in the 2015 ‘fight of the year’ while the Brazilian has a series of highlight reel KOs.

This is part two of the preview. For part one click here.

155lbs.: Victorio Senduk vs Sor Sey

Victorio Senduk (3-0) fought on ONE Championship’s first ever Jakarta card back in 2012. As, coincidentally, did Alex Silva, but unlike the current strawweight champion the Indonesian actually won.

Senduk won silver in Wushu at the 2011 SEA Games, he was knocked out by future UFC fighter Mark Eddiva in the final. He survived nearly an entire round on the ground with BJJ purple belt Yohan Legowo in his last fight and should have too much for Sor Sey (3-2) here.

115lbs.: Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol vs Rome Trinidad

Rome Trinidad (1-1) was submitted by Rika Ishige in Macau last year but it was an entertaining scrap. She looked quite limited in that fight and has not been training at one of the better known camps in the Philippines.

Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (2-2) went the distance with the much larger Tiffany Teo on her pro debut. She won her last fight with a modified armbar and should have a clear advantage on the ground here.

209.4lbs.: Sergej Maslobojev vs Antonio Plazibat (kickboxing)

These two first fought in 2016 with Sergej Maslobojev completely outpowering his Croatian opponent. After two completely one sided rounds Antonio Plazibat did not answer the bell at the start of the third.

Since then Plazibat has won the K-1 heavyweight title. He’s six years younger than the Lithuanian and may feel his time has come. Expect to sees fists flying in the early rounds here and eprhaps a fast finish.

205lbs.: Vitaly Bigdash vs Leandro Ataides

This fight should be fun. Leandro Ataides (10-3) has a BJJ black belt but none of his four ONE Championship wins have come by way of submission. That’s because when the Brazilian wins he tends to win by highlight reel KO.

Vitaly Bigdash (9-1) is extremely injury prone but when he fights the Russian is aggressive and looks extremely confident with both his striking and submission game. Ataides has a tendency to fade down the stretch but the first round could be fireworks.

125lbs.: Stefer Rahardian vs Himanshu Kaushik

Indonesia’s best fighters tend to be grapplers and Stefer Rahardian (7-0) is no exception with four of his wins coming by way of submission. He has had some easy fights but last year’s decision win over Eugene Toquero was very credible.

Himanshu Kaushik (3-1) comes from Super Fight League where the level of competition is very low. Unless he’s made incredible improvements since fight in February of last year it’s difficult to see the Indian surviving the opening round.

125lbs.: Alex Silva (c) vs Yoshitaka Naito

It’s difficult to see a way for Yoshitaka Naito (12-1) to win this. Based on their first fight, which wasn’t close, Alex Silva (7-1) has significantly better striking and grappling than the former champion.

Silva’s a decorated BJJ black belt so Naito knew he was probably going to be outmatched on the ground. But the previously undefeated Japanese fighter also found himself on the receiving end of a barrage of heavy body kicks.

The Brazilian has been at Evolve MMA for the best part of seven years and has picked up some serious striking skills during that period. He might struggle against a genuinely heavy hitting opponent, or a top class wrestler, but Naito doesn’t fall into either category.

Stylistically it is a real challenge for Naito. Silva won practically every minute of every round in their first fight and it’s difficult to see what could have changed in the last five months that would make the outcome of the rematch dramatically different.

The entire ONE Championship card will be available to view live and free using the newly launched app which you can download here. The first four fights will also be live on facebook and twitter.

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