• It was a back-and-forth battle between two Indonesian featherweight mixed martial artists, but Jakarta’s Sunoto pulled away with the victory, as he submitted fellow countryman Yohan Mulia Legowo with a rear naked choke at the 4:14 mark of the first round.

    The opening minute of the round was rather calculated, with each fighter throwing kicks and the occasional punch to establish range.

    Although both are well-established strikers, the fight was primarily concentrated on the ground. Legowo, a national kickboxing champion, demonstrated his much improved wrestling by going for an early takedown and holding top position. But Sunoto, the former WKF Indonesia Champ known as “The Terminator,” stayed busy from the bottom and even reversed course with several masterful transitions from guard, to side control, and eventually the north-south position.

    In the end, Sunoto lived up to his nickname. “The Terminator” mounted the Solo native and softened him up with an onslaught of elbows, forcing him to

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    In the first bout of ONE: TITLES & TITANS at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, the Philippines’ Burn Soriano made quick work of local hero Mario Satya Wirawan, needing only 15 seconds to claim the knockout victory in the first round.

    Soriano and Wirawan needed absolutely no feeling out period as they immediately engaged by the cage fence in their bantamweight contest. After Wirawan missed with a combination, Soriano spun around and landed a perfectly-placed spinning back fist on Wirawan’s chin.

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    With Wirawan sprawled out on the mat, Soriano landed a couple of hammer fists for good measure to seal the deal.

    “I’ve been doing that for a long, long time,” said Soriano. I know Mario [Wirawan] is very aggressive. That’s why he’s a perfect match for me: I’m a counter-puncher.” 

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    With the victory, Soriano avenges a loss to another Indonesian fighter, Sunoto, last April when he succumbed via first round technical knockout. Wirawan now drops two straight, and will need to reconvene with his

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  • 39-year-old ONE Championship bantamweight Casey Suire may not be as young as some of the competitors in his weight class, but he certainly has the biggest heart.

    This Saturday, at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Suire (5-2) will take on Chinese fighter Xie Bin (1-1) in a three-round bantamweight contest at ONE: TITLES & TITANS. Suire is coming off a loss in his last outing, a knockout setback to Muin Gafurov nearly a year ago.

    “Losing is not an easy thing to get past, but it’s a part of life and it helps us grow as individuals. I had two setbacks in 2015, but I am a better fighter now because of it,” said Suire.

    “I put too much pressure on myself, and was overly cautious. This time, I’m gonna go and have some fun, and get back to doing what made me successful in the first place. This has been my best camp yet and I put in the hard work, so I’m going get my reward.”

    Suire is somewhat of a late-bloomer in mixed martial arts. He debuted as a professional in 2011, five years ago

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  • Jakarta is an amazing host for live Mixed Martial Arts action. ONE Championship has held multiple shows in Indonesia’s capital city, and the fans just do not disappoint with their high level of raucous energy.

    ONE: TITLES & TITANS is set for an epic evening of world-class MMA action, and if you’re not careful, you could miss out on one of this year’s most exciting night of fights.

    Here are four reasons to catch ONE: TITLES & TITANS on 27 August.

    1. The potential Fight of the Year Candidate Between Santos and Svirid

    One piece of advice in this main event matchup – don’t blink. The bout between Luis Santos and Igor Svirid is all but guaranteed to blow the roof off the arena. Both Santos and Svirid are big, heavy punchers who don’t know how to fight moving backward, and are expected to go toe-to-toe in a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate due to their aggressive styles.

    When both guys’ strengths are overwhelming offense and power, the victor will be decided by who has the better chin, and

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  • Fans are in for a treat in the main event of ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which goes down this Saturday, 27 August at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia. Two huge welterweights will go head-to-head in a clash of epic proportions as top contender Luis “Sapo” Santos of Brazil (62-9-1, 1NC) takes on former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid (10-2-0).

    Expect to see a lot of leather fly as neither Santos nor Svirid will want to lose this matchup, especially with what could lie ahead for the victor. When you have two guys willing to go all-out with reckless abandon, it’s a recipe for an amazing fight – one that fans just absolutely can’t miss.

    Here are five reasons Luis Santos versus Igor Svirid could end up being Fight of the Year:

    1. Both are huge welterweights

    Igor Svirid was the former ONE Middleweight World Champion, losing his title to reigning champion Vitaly Bigdash last October in a remarkable battle of grit and tenacity. He’s moving down in weight for this one,

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    Things haven’t come easy inside the ONE Championship cage for Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen. In his first three bouts with the promotion, Engelen had to face Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion Bruno Pucci, former professional boxer Rocky Batolbatol, and one of the fastest-rising stars in the sport in young Christian Lee. Engelen only managed to defeat Batolbatol, after he survived getting rocked by the Filipino in the opening moments.

    To say it’s been a tough road so far is an understatement, and things will only get harder from here.

    Engelen (4-2-0) is set to face Egyptian Top Team standout 34-year-old Sami Amin (5-3) in a three round featherweight bout at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which takes place this Saturday, 27 August, at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

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    In his last bout, Engelen met a brick wall against hard-charging youngster Lee. Lee stopped Engelen late in the first round, but Engelen doesn’t consider it to be a setback.

    “My last fight was a tough one against a skilled

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  • Jakarta is in for another amazing night of world-class MMA action, thanks to ONE Championship’s unique brand of mixed martial arts and sports entertainment. Performing live at the event is famed Dutch DJ Duo Glowinthedark, who should be able to match each electronic beat to the excitement inside the cage.

    But music won’t be the only adrenaline-inducing tune on fight night. The sound of high-level mixed martial artists trading leather should give fans every reason to fill the Jakarta Convention Center with a crackling atmosphere.

    Here is What’s at Stake for the Fighters of ONE: TITLES & TITANS.

    Igor Svirid and Luis Santos 

    Quite fittingly, no other bout is as compelling as the main event between Igor “Lionheart” Svirid (10-2-0) of Kazakhstan and Luis “Sapo” Santos (62-9-1) of Brazil. Fans in Jakarta should expect an all-action brawl between two titanic welterweights.

    The hulkish Santos is big for a welterweight, but he’s facing former ONE Middleweight World Champion Svirid who is hell-bent

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  • When former Princeton Wrestling Team captain Jake Butler left his promising career on Wall Street for a life inside the mixed martial arts cage, little did he know that he would become one of the best middleweights in the world. With a 7-1 record, Butler is widely considered one of the prospects to watch in ONE Championship.

    This Saturday, 27 August at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Butler takes on the hard-hitting Polish fighter Marcin Prachnio (11-2-0) in a massive middleweight classic between a striker and a wrestler.

    And fans are just in time to witness Butler hit his peak.

    “Yes, always,” said Butler, when asked if he is looking for a step up in competition. “That is the direction I want to go in each fight. I want to fight the best guys that ONE can match me up with.”

    Prachnio certainly fits the bill. The 184cm, 93kg Polish karateka has 11 victories on his fight resume, with eight of those victories coming by knockout and one by submission. That’s definitely something

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  • Filipino mixed martial arts prospect Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly (7-3-0) of Baguio City, Philippines, is making a return to the ONE Championship cage following his spectacular first-round submission victory over Australia’s Jordan Lucas last March. 

    This time, he’ll take on Dutch-Indonesian MMA veteran Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel (16-17-2) in a three-round featherweight matchup, which takes place Saturday, 27 August at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

    The bout is part of the main card of ONE: TITLES & TITANS — the promotion’s second show this year in Indonesia. The card is headlined by a welterweight contest between Luis Santos of Brazil and Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan.

    “Vincent [Latoel] I know to be a very good striker with lots of power. It will be an interesting matchup between us two. That’s why I’m laser-focused on training,” said Kelly of his opponent. “He beat Eddie Ng by knockout, that says a lot about his capabilities.”

    Latoel, on the other hand, is used to fighting in

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  • 5 Fighters to Watch at ONE: TITLES & TITANS

    From the opening fight to the main event, ONE: TITLES & TITANS is an event filled with top-notch, high-level mixed martial arts.

    The event features a key welterweight collision between former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor Svirid and top contender Luis Santos, along with a possible middleweight title eliminator that will pit Jake Butler against Marcin Prachnio.

    Add in key battles like Vincent Latoel vs. Edward Kelly, Sami Amni vs. Anthony Engelen, and Casey Suire vs. Xie Bin and it is no wonder you will want to be inside the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia this 27 August.

    However, if you are planning to tune in via pay-per-view, here is a closer look at the top fighters to watch out for:

    Luis Santos

    You would be hard-pressed to find a more well-decorated fighter anywhere in the world than Luis Santos.

    Riding an eight-fight win streak, the 62-win Santos can almost assure himself another crack at ONE Championship gold with a win in the night’s main event. At one time, Santos

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