ONE Championship – Grit & Glory
YOSHITAKA NAITO SCORES CLOSE SPLIT DECISION VICTORY OVER ALEX SILVA TO CLAIM ONE STRAWWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
12 May 2018 – Jakarta, Indonesia: ONE Championship lit up the Jakarta Convention Center deep in the heart of Indonesia with another evening of adrenaline-pumping martial arts action. In the main event, Yoshitaka Naito of Japan scored a close split decision victory over Alex Silva of Brazil to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship for the second time in his career.
Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Japan reclaimed the coveted ONE Strawweight World Championship, edging out Brazilian rival and defending champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva via razor-thin split decision. With both men showcasing their skills on the mat, it was a technical grappling display as Naito and Silva battled for position. Naito showed overwhelming wrestling skills to consistently bring Silva down to the ground, controlling the action on the canvas. Silva defended well against Naito’s attacks using his world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree, but it was not enough to earn him the win as his Japanese foe’s grappling proved too much to overcome. With the drive to recapture the gold that he lost to Silva last December, Naito ended in dominant position in the final round and emerged the victor on two of the three judges’ scorecards, earning him the split decision win.
Indonesia’s Rising Star Stefer Rahardian wins
In the co-main event, local superstar Stefer Rahardian of Indonesia sent the crowd into a rapturous chorus of cheers with a spectacular performance. Clinching his ninth straight victory with a submission finish of Himanshu Kaushik of India, he remained undefeated. After trading strikes with Kaushik to begin the bout, Rahardian shot in for the takedown, bringing his opponent to the canvas. On the mat, Rahardian quickly took the back and secured the rear naked choke to seal the deal.
Ataides stops former champ for title shot
Leandro Ataides of Brazil punched his ticket to fight for the middleweight title by defeating former world champion Vitaly Bigdash via third-round stoppage. Ataides utilized his speed and power to connect on Bigdash, who responded with counterpunches and kept the action standing. After going back-and-forth, Ataides was able to connect with a superman punch, a few follow up shows and it sent the former champion Bigdash down to the canvas. Ataides was relentless on the ground finishing and stopped the contest to secure the finish and claim the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night award.
ONE Superseries Showcase
Making his ONE Super Series debut, Lithuania’s Sergej Maslobojev authored a stellar performance to the delight of the crowd by routing Croatian foe Antonio Plazibat in their highly-anticipated rematch. Although Plazibat sought redemption of the highest order and proved that he was a much different kickboxer than when they first met two years ago, Maslobojev showcased his trademark power, catching his opponent with powerful hooks while blasting his counterpart with thunderous high kicks. Maslobojev closed out the final round of the match on a strong note, unleashing a volley of punches that steered him to a unanimous decision win.
Official results for ONE: GRIT AND GLORY
ONE Strawweight World Championship bout: Yoshitaka Naito defeats Alex Silva by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
Strawweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Himanshu Kaushik by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:25 minutes of round 1
Middleweight bout: Leandro Ataides defeats Vitaly Bigdash by TKO (Strikes) at 2:41 minutes of round 3
ONE Super Series Kickboxing catchweight bout (95kg): Sergej Maslobojev defeats Antonio Plazibat by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s atomweight bout: Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol defeats Rome Trinidad by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:27 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Sor Sey defeats Victorio Senduk by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Catchweight bout (72.0kg): Tetsuya Yamada defeats Eric Kelly by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:00 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight bout: Ognjen Topic defeats Stergos Mikkios by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Bantamweight bout: Radeem Rahman defeats Tang De Pan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:19 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Elipitua Siregar defeats Dodi Mardian by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:59 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Riski Umar defeats Doan Birawa by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:22 minutes of round 2