• 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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  • 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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  • "Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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    Marc Chiang, 36, plays in the Singapore national goalball men’s team and participated in last year’s ASEAN Para Games (APG). The national team captain, who can only see with about five percent of his vision, now trains regularly with the national team as they prepare for the next APG in Malaysia in 2017. 

    They have weekly practice at Delta Sports Complex on Tuesdays and weight training on Fridays at Raffles Quay’s Fitness First.

    Goalball is played with three players in each team defending a goal that is nine-metre wide and 1.3 metres in height. The ball used in the game is the size of a basketball but weighs about twice as much and contains bells inside. All the players also wear black masks to ensure that none of the players can see. The bells help the players to detect where the ball is.

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  • Building off a spectacular submission victory last March, the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly (7-3-0) is looking for success once again inside the ONE Championship cage. This time, it’s against Dutch-Indonesian mixed martial arts veteran Vincent Latoel (16-17-2) in Indonesia.

    Kelly and Latoel square off in a three-round featherweight battle at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center this Saturday, 27 August. It will be one of Kelly’s toughest bouts to date due to Latoel’s vast experience inside the MMA cage.

    “Vincent [Latoel] I know to be a very good striker with lots of power. It will be an interesting matchup between us two,” said Kelly, who trains in Baguio City with his stablemates at Team Lakay.

    “That’s why I’m laser-focused on training. He beat (top contender) Eddie Ng by knockout, so that says a lot about his capabilities.”

    Kelly gave the best performance of his career in his last bout, winning by first-round rear-naked choke submission.

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    Vincent Latoel understands the importance of his upcoming fight with Edward Kelly. After all, the bout will take place in his ethnic home of Indonesia.

    The two meet this Saturday at ONE: TITLES AND TITANS at the Jakarta Convention Center, and the rest of the card features Luis Santos vs. Igor Svirid in a possible ONE Welterweight title-eliminator, along with Marcin Prachnio taking on Jake Butler with the same implications at middleweight.

    Latoel, a 37-year-old from the Netherlands, has competed for ONE since 2013, going 3-4 over a seven-fight run. His bouts, though, have also brought people to their feet regardless of the outcome.

    “(This fight vs. Kelly) will be a very exciting fight with a lot of action,” Latoel said. “We are going to go back and forth. I promise you all some fireworks in the cage. I will leave the cage with both arms in the air and a big winning smile!”

    Back in 2015, Latoel picked up an impressive second-round finish over Arnaud Lepont after dropping him just 15 seconds

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  • He owns a ONE Championship record for fastest knockout in history, with a six-second highlight reel finish of a game opponent. But in his last bout, he went up against celebrated veteran Yohan Mulia Legowo and ended up tapping out to a deep guillotine choke. 

    Jakarta, Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan is a former college footballer turned mixed martial artist who now plies his trade in Asia’s largest MMA promotion. Being a martial artist he says, is something that took a little bit of getting used to.

    “For me the most important principle of martial arts is the constant pursuit of improvement and evolution,” said Wirawan.

    “Martial artists are ambitious students of self-defense and combat. They are passionately curious individuals who study and train martial arts like it is a basic human need. Since being involved in that kind of environment, I have also become more and more like them. Everything in martial arts is about hard work and consistency.”

    Hard work isn’t something new to Wirawan,

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson gives his take on this possible title eliminator for the ONE Middleweight World Championship.

    One of the signs of a great MMA match up must be when both fighters are coming off career-highlight wins. That will certainly be the case at the Jakarta Convention Center on 27 August when Jake Butler takes on Marcin Prachnio.

    Butler, of Evolve MMA, last fought in January on a Kuala Lumpur card that pitted him against the tricky and vastly experienced Tatsuya Mizuno. The American scored a technical knockout with 30 seconds left in the first round, taking his record to 7-1. His only loss, to Sylvain Potard, was avenged a couple of years ago.

    Prachnio is on a six-fight winning streak that’s seen his record advance to 11-2. He’s fought twice already this year – a first-round stoppage of Alexandre Machado and a close split decision over Leandro Ataides.

    That decision win over Ataides, Butler’s former teammate at Evolve, went in a

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson analyzes this titanic clash of welterweights.

    Boxing fans look back on Ali, Frazier, Foreman, and Norton as the foursome who defined an era - heavyweight boxing’s greatest ever.

    If ONE Championship has a foursome that promises to engage and entertain over a period of years as those fighters once did, it would be Ben Askren, Vitaly Bigdash, Luis Santos, and Igor Svirid.

    These thrilling fighters are in the early years of what could be a six- or even ten-fight series which, when the dust has settled, will be looked back upon as a golden era in its own right.

    Here’s the current state of play. Santos fought Askren for the ONE Welterweight World Championship, but that ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke. Bigdash, on the other hand, recovered from numerous knockdowns and near-finishes by Svirid to score a stunning comeback TKO victory in the second round, claiming Svirid’s ONE Middleweight World Championship.

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  • The 36-year-old Para, Brazil, native keeps getting better and better, and is looking to prove that statement true on 27 August when he meets former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid at ONE: TITLES & TITANS in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    “I really believe I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career right now. We’re both very aggressive. This will be a great fight,” he says. “The fight is going to be very entertaining for all of the ONE Championship fans. We’re both two explosive fighters and the fans are already excited for it.”

    In Svirid, he battles the promotion’s former 93kg kingpin. Training out of the relatively new Arnau-RS gym, the Kazakhstani is a heavy-handed mixed martial artist who holds a 10-2 record with four submission wins and three knockout victories. He is an intense grappler who has a penchant for delivering knockouts, and that’s something the Brazilian plans to avoid.

    “I need to pay attention to his hands because he has very good striking,” Santos is quick to

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