Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro, 29, will make his ONE Championship debut on February 23, 2018. He will face Li Kai Wen, 22, of China in the featherweight division at “ONE: Quest for Gold” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Hailing from Cebu, Philippines, Rosauro has honed his skills under the tutelage of Benigno “Ekin” Caniga Jr. The latter is the headmaster of the Cebu chapter of Yaw-Yan Ardigma.
Rosauro has been working on his ground game. This paid dividends when he won a silver medal at the recent Dumau International Jiu-Jitsu Tournament.
For Rosauro, he has a tall order in front of him as the Filipino expects Li to capitalize on his experience. The Chinese contender has already faced some of the best athletes in the promotion’s 70.3-kilogram weight class.
Among the previous opponents of Li is Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 26, of Australia. In April 2016, Nguyen defeated Li via first-round stoppage and in November 2017, the Vietnamese-Australian fighter made history by becoming the first two-division world champion of ONE Championship.
Considering Li’s background and experience, Rosauro has no time to be complacent. He said, “I’m putting pressure on my training because this came all of a sudden.”
“He’s a striker and a brawler, and I think he’s also a champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” Rosauro said of Li. “But in this fight, I believe that he will be striking.”
Although Rosauro has a tough opposition at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” he is confident that he could notch a decisive triumph in his favor. He concluded, “It is a difficult task, but I know deep in my heart that I can do it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am not here to waste it.”