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Adrian Matheis vs Eddey Kalai at ‘ONE: Global Superheroes’

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai, Kemp Cheng

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai, Kemp Cheng

“ONE: Global Superheroes” was the first event of ONE Championship in the Philippines in 2018. The first match of the evening was a riveting strawweight encounter as Adrian Matheis, 24, of Indonesia squared off against the debuting Eddey “The Clown” Kalai, 35, of Malaysia.

Matheis weathered a gutsy opening sequence from Eddey, who effortlessly pummeled the ONE Strawweight Indonesia Tournament Champion with his superb boxing. The complexion of the contest took a drastic turn when Matheis gained leverage on the mat, catching Kalai with a rear naked choke to force the tap at 4:15 minutes of Round 1.

While Kalai was a ONE Championship debutante, Matheis fought six fights under the promotion prior to “ONE: Global Superheroes.” The Indonesian dynamo made his promotional debut on August 26, 2016 at “ONE: Titles and Titans” preliminary fight night in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he knocked out Rustam Hutajulu at 0:22 of Round 1.

Following his successful promotional debut, Matheis defeated his fellow Indonesian Roso Nugroho. Matheis then lost to Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Thai fighters Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai and Dejdamrong Sor “Kru Rong” Amnuaysirichoke, 39.

On September 16, 2017, Matheis redeemed himself by submitting Phat Soda of Cambodia via rear-naked choke submission at 3:11 of Round 1 at “ONE: Total Victory.” After beating Kalai, Matheis now has 4 wins and 3 losses.

Headlined by Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28, of the Philippines and Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan, “ONE: Global Superheroes” took place on January 26, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. After five three-minute rounds, Eustaquio won via unanimous decision making him the new ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion.

Adrian Matheis

Adrian Matheis

Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai

Kemp Cheng, Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Kemp Cheng, Eddey Kalai, Adrian Matheis

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai

Adrian Matheis, Eddey Kalai

Eddey Kalai, Kemp Cheng, Adrian Matheis

Eddey Kalai, Kemp Cheng, Adrian Matheis

Adrian Matheis

Adrian Matheis

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