• There wasn’t any championship gold up for grabs on Saturday night, 27 August at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, but there were some colossal finishes, strange occurrences, and powerful statements made of titanic proportions.

    The event, which emanated from Indonesia’s Jakarta Convention Center, featured a little bit of everything, from fierce knockouts and slick submissions to intense back-and-forth affairs such as Casey Suire’s split decision victory over Xie Bin.

    Beyond that, there were even some weird moments in the main event, including Igor Svirid receiving two yellow cards and Luis Santos hand-clapping like he was listening to DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean.”

    Despite all that, here are the top five highlights of the night.

    Highlight #1 - Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev Tapping Out Haolan Jietebusibai With The Quickness

    Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev doesn’t like spending too much time in the cage. He must be allergic or something, because his fights never go past two minutes.

    It was much of the same on

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  • The fireworks came late in the main event of ONE: TITLES & TITANS, but Luis “Sapo” Santos did enough to seal an unanimous decision victory and spoil the welterweight debut of former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid.

    In the first round, there was a prolonged lull in action. Santos took the center of the cage and threw a few kicks while Svirid circled away on the outside. About three and a half minutes into the opening stanza, despite repeated warnings, referee Yuji Shimada halted the contest and gave yellow cards to both mixed martial artists. When the fight continued, the Brazilian stepped up his aggressiveness. He delivered a high kick that smacked Svirid’s elbow and flung a push kick to the left thigh.

    The second round was much of the same, with Sapo acting more as the aggressor and the Kazakhstani seeming more content on circling away and counter punching, though he didn’t throw any punches. The crowd at Indonesia’s sold-out Jakarta Convention Center grew

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  • In an RCTI exclusive bout, Indonesia’s Djatmiko Waluyo by way of Mexico City, Mexico, defeated the hard-punching Islam Sayed of Egypt to win by submission at ONE: TITLES & TITANS. The bout took place on Saturday, 27 August, at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

    Waluyo earned the victory just 2:25 into round two, forcing Sayed, who was making his ONE Championship debut, to tap to a heel hook.

    After the two fighters exchanged combinations at the center of the cage in the first round, the action quickly turned to the ground with each combatant putting in solid work from top control.

    Waluyo scored points for a near submission, almost finishing Sayed with a deep rear naked choke that reached the end of the round.

    In round two, both men found themselves on the canvas once again, this time attempting simultaneous heel hooks. Working to finish the fight, it was Waluyo who coerced Sayed to submit.

    With the victory, Waluyo improves his record to 6-1 and puts himself back in the winner’s

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  • In an exciting performance by the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, the Baguio City native overcame a great performance by a strong and experienced opponent in Dutch-Indonesian mixed martial arts veteran Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel.  

    Kelly needed less than two rounds of a scheduled three to win by devastating knockout at ONE: TITLES & TITANS which took place Saturday, 27 August at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.

    Although Kelly was continuously backed against the cage by the forward-moving Latoel, the Filipino had his lightning-quick wushu striking to bank on, as he laid back and countered Latoel most of the first round.

    At the center of the cage, Latoel tagged Kelly with his trademark leg kicks while Kelly used his wushu sidekicks and high head kicks to keep the fight interesting. Despite Kelly owning the speed advantage, it was clear that Latoel had no respect for Kelly’s striking ability and simply wanted to walk through Kelly’s offense.

    Within a minute into round

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  • Marcin Prachnio said he would finish Jake Butler inside of the first round and that is exactly what the middleweight did in a possible title-eliminator, scoring a knockout victory at ONE: TITLES AND TITANS in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Prachnio (12-2) successfully defended repeated takedown attempts by Butler, ultimately connecting with a nasty knee on the ground that left Butler (7-2) out cold. The 28-year-old, who trains out of the Tatsujin Dojo, earned the stoppage in 2:30 of the first round, giving him his seventh consecutive win.

    Butler’s first takedown attempt resulted in him eating several big knees by Prachnio from inside the clinch – almost signifying the future ending of the contest. It was evident that the Polish striker trained extensively in wrestling, as he successfully sprawled and denied the deep double-leg attempt.

    Prachnio then attempted an ill-advised kick to the head of a grounded Butler, a violation of ONE’s new rules rendering the move illegal. No penalty was given, however,

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  • Turkey’s Saygid Arslanaliev continues to steamroll the competition in extremely quick fashion. It took all of 26 seconds for “Dagi” to submit Chinese prospect Haolan Jietebusibai with a standing guillotine choke.

    Once the bell rang to start the 77.7kg catchweight bout, Arslanaliev looked to establish range and delivered a fierce leg kick. The Corvos MMA product then leapt forward with a punch, but Jietebusibai ducked. Seeing his opportunity, the multi-time National No Gi Grappling Champion immediately grabbed the Chinese fighter’s head and sunk in a guillotine choke.

    Jietebusibai, a Xinjiang Boxing Champion with a wrestling base, tried to sprawl out and escape. It didn’t work – the choke was too strong.

    In a final act of desperation, Jietebusibai tried pushing Arslanaliev away, but the grip was way too tight. With the fighter’s body going limp, referee Olivier Coste was forced to stop the contest.

    Arslanaliev’s impressive finish brings his record to 4-0. This also marks his first

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  • In a display of high-level technical grappling, Dutch-Indonesian fighter Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen returned to the ONE Championship cage with a resounding victory over Egypt’s Sami Amin, much to the delight of the packed crowd at the Jakarta Convention Center.

    The two featherweights clashed on the main card of ONE: TITLES & TITANS, Saturday evening, 27 August.

    As soon as the fight began, Engelen knew exactly what he wanted to do and that was to work to finish Amin on the ground. The first round saw Engelen play immediately to his strengths, working in the clinch to take Amin down to the ground and operate in his element.

    With Amin trying to fight off his back, Engelen continued to punish the Egyptian with punches and elbows from top position until the end of the round.

    In the second, Engelen went straight back into the clinch, this time angling to take Amin’s back, which he did successfully. Engelen then snaked his forearm around Amin’s neck to latch on to a rear naked choke. With

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  • Casey Suire and Xie Bin got the fans of Jakarta on their feet to start the main card of ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: TITLES AND TITANS, as Suire (6-2) was able to claim a split decision over Xie (1-2) in a bantamweight battle.

    Suire used his experience in the first round, closing the distance and taking advantage of his cage-awareness over the 18-year-old Xie. That allowed the United States-born Suire to control the center of the cage and dictate the early portion of the fight.

    Xie showed good takedown defense, avoiding the first attempt by Suire to bring him down. He also got into a better groove once he settled in, showcasing his own striking improvements since his appearance in a ONE one-night tournament.

    A sizable height and reach advantage helped Xie land kicks to the lead leg constantly, causing plenty of damage and slowing Suire down. The Tianjin Top Team trained fighter appeared to be growing in confidence with each passing minute in the fight, finding a home for his counter attacks.

    Xie

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  • 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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