• ONE Championship kicked off what should be an exciting 2017 for the promotion with their initial event offering: ONE: QUEST FOR POWER which was held last Saturday night, 14 January, at the Indonesia’s Jakarta Convention Center.

    ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash returned to action in the evening’s main event, defeating a game but outmatched Aung La N Sang to retain his title via unanimous decision after five grueling rounds.

    Aside from that terrific bout, there were also a handful of great performances throughout the show, even though they did not always end in victory.

    We peer into our crystal ball to see what may be next for the biggest winners of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    Vitaly Bigdash

    Bigdash’s performance was one that should have sent a message to the rest of the middleweight division. The reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion just overcame one of the weight class’ toughest challengers in Myanmar’s “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, and he almost made it look effortless.

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  • ONE Championship launched their 2017 event cycle in spectacular form on Saturday Night, 14 January, as the organization returned to the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia with ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    Whether it was ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash’s successful first title defense or the statement made by Martin Nguyen with his TKO of Kazunori Yokota, this card was loaded with highlights.

    Here are the top five from the night.

    Highlight #1: Vitaly Bigdash Reigned Supreme

    Up until recently, there was not too much known about Vitaly Bigdash. The unbeaten Russian was known as a finisher, who won four of his previous bouts via submission and another four via TKO. 

    We knew he was tough. After all, he was dropped by Igor Svirid multiple times during their title bout at ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA back in October 2015, but he survived the early onslaught and knocked out the Kazakhstani on his way to claiming the belt.

    But 15 months after defeating Svirid for the ONE Middleweight World

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  • ONE: QUEST FOR POWER Official Results

    ONE Championship kicked off 2017 in exciting fashion with their first event of the new year. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER rocked the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia with a series of compelling bouts on Saturday night, 14 January.

    The evening featured a card of action-packed bouts, accentuated by a grueling five-round main event between ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, and the challenger the “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.

    Bigdash returned to the ONE Championship cage to make the first defense of his middleweight title after being sidelined for over a year due to injury. However, the Russian appeared as sharp as the last time we saw him, comfortably dealing with a potent and durable opponent in Aung La N Sang.

    Bigdash kept Aung La N Sang at bay with his pinpoint combinations, connecting on various occasions as well as taking the Myanmar national hero down to the canvas seemingly at will. On the mat, Bigdash punished Aung La N Sang with a

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  • It has been thirteen months since Vitaly Bigdash won the ONE Middleweight World Championship. But on Saturday Night, 14 January, the champ made his triumphant return to the cage and looked every bit as impressive.

    The Russian made his first title defense at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER from the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, and convincingly defeated the “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang via unanimous decision to retain the belt.

    The title bout started out as a calculated affair. Both combatants slowly felt each other out, with the “Burmese Python” pushing the pace just a little more. He connected with a few punches and a pair of spinning back kicks, and though the champion landed a couple of solid body shots, he ended the opening stanza with a pair of elbow strikes from the clinch.

    This methodical warfare carried over into the second round. Bigdash landed a heavy punch, immediately grabbed the clinch, and flung a fierce knee to the body, but Aung La N Sang countered with a slew of short

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  • Vincent Latoel (17-6-2) earned a decision victory over Vaughn Donayre (8-7) on Saturday in Jakarta after three competitive rounds in ONE Championship’s lightweight division. The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for the Dutch kickboxer, but it did not come easy.

    The first round saw both men trade measured punches and kicks with one another. Latoel fought upright, moving in and out in a straight line and with many low kicks, while Donayre used good lateral movement and punches.

    The pair exchanged powerful shots late in the round, with Latoel defending a takedown attempt and landing briefly in top position.

    In the second round, “Magnivincent” and “The Spawn” aggressively mixed it up on the feet with more high-level striking before Latoel caught a kick from Donayre and turned it into a double leg takedown.

    From off his back on the mat, the Filipino fighter briefly threatened with a straight armlock, an arm-in guillotine choke, and a flower sweep, but Latoel defended them all and

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  • In one of the most exciting finishes of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen continued his remarkable run through ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division, earning his fourth straight win with a scintillating technical knockout victory over Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota.

    The pair locked horns in a scheduled three-round featherweight bout at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which took place Saturday evening, 14 January, at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

    Nguyen and Yokota stormed out of the gates looking to trade power shots at the center of the ONE Championship cage. With Yokota constantly stalking forward to unleash his combinations, Nguyen countered with overhand rights that often found their mark.

    When a counter right hand dropped Yokota to the canvas, Nguyen immediately jumped on his Japanese foe, raining down punches to the side of Yokota’s head. Referee Olivier Coste swiftly stepped in and called a halt to the contest.

    The official finish came at

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  • Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, a Dutch-Indonesian featherweight standout based in Jakarta, put on a masterful performance, stopping Malaysian fight veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in less than two minutes. 

    Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand landed right on Mansor’s jaw, felling him instantly.

    The two fighters met on the main card of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which took place Saturday evening, 14 January, at the Jakarta Convention Center in the heart of Indonesia’s capital city.

    Engelen, who represents Tatsujin Dojo and Alliance Indonesia in Jakarta, overwhelmed Mansor with his pinpoint striking. Though known for his ability to submit opponents with a robust grappling skill set, Engelen showed fans a different side of his overall capabilities as a fighter.

    Mansor, who had not been in professional competition since his 2013 showdown with Malaysian countryman Melvin Yeoh, showed a little bit of cage rust at the beginning of the

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  • Igor Subora (6-3) prevailed in his light heavyweight ONE debut on Saturday in Jakarta, sweeping the judges’ scorecards after three rounds of battle against Sherif Mohamed (8-2).

    The Manila-based Ukrainian looked relaxed from the start against a tense Sherif, but it was the Egyptian who struck first, rushing in and scoring a takedown against the fence. However, Subora was able to avoid damage while on his back, get up, and then rally back with a takedown of his own. 

    From there, Subora advanced to mount, punished Sherif with punches, and prompted him to turn and give up his back. Sherif quickly also got to his feet in the process, however. Back upright, “The Shark” took several long punches to the head and unsuccessfully shot in for another takedown attempt to close the round.

    Subora began the second stanza by walking Sherif down and peppering him with more strikes. After repeated failed takedown attempts from Sherif, the Egyptian ended up underneath the F.I.S.T. athlete, and took more

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  • “The Terminator” Sunoto kicked off the main card of ONE Championship’s first card of the year, ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, with a bang.

    Only six weeks removed from his most recent loss, the hometown hero returned to the win column on Saturday Night, 14 January, when he defeated Cambodia’s “The Python” Chan Heng in a bantamweight showdown at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia. Sunoto needed just two minutes and 30 seconds to get the victory.

    As soon as the bell rang to begin the opening stanza, Heng marched forward and threw an overhand right. Sunoto masterfully ducked, easily brought the Cambodian Top Team product to the canvas with a single leg takedown, and landed in side control.

    “The Python” tried desperately to defend with a guillotine choke, but Sunoto put his grappling advantage to good effect. He placed his right knee on his opponent’s belly and then slid over into full mount.

    Sunoto proceeded to rain down punches, and nearly locked in a rear-naked choke when Chan Heng briefly

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  • ONE Championship returns to Jakarta, Indonesia, this Saturday for another epic evening of mixed martial arts with ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    For its first blockbuster event in 2017, ONE has put together a spectacular fight card with a series of compelling bouts to kick off the new year. Here are three great reasons to catch ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    The best fighting talent in Indonesia will be on display

    Jakarta has played host to a plethora of exciting ONE Championship events over the past few years. Because of this, the popularity of the sport of MMA has risen explosively in the country.

    Led by MMA veteran, Dutch-Indonesian kickboxer Vincent “Magnivincent” Latoel, this has given birth to a contingent of Indonesian MMA warriors, both rising prospects and established stars, and they are ready to take the stage on Saturday night and inspire their fellow countrymen. 

    One such warrior is Dutch-Indonesian featherweight Anthony “Archangel” Engelen, who was last seen in the ONE Championship cage

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