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Dutch-Indonesian MMA fighter Anthony Engelen wins 2 ONE Championship bouts in 8 days

Anthony Engelen, Yuji Shimada, Jimmy Yabo (©ONE Championship)

Anthony Engelen, Yuji Shimada, Jimmy Yabo (©ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Indonesia and the Netherlands, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, recently won two ONE Championship bouts, which were only eight days apart. The victories improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 8 wins and 4 losses.

On February 20, 2016, Engelen earned his first ONE Championship win by submitting the late Rocky Batolbatol of the Philippines via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Tribe of Warriors.” The former submitted Sami Amin, 36, of Egypt also via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Titles and Titans” on August 27, 2016 and knocked out A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor, 43, of Malaysia via punch at “ONE: Quest for Power” on January 14, 2017.

However, ONE Championship released Engelen after his three wins in the organization. The Dutch-Indonesian fighter competed in two bouts in two different promotions, which added two losses in his record.

Both Duane van Helvoirt, 32, of the Netherlands and Akhmed Magomedov, 23, of Russia submitted Engelen via rear-naked choke. Engelen lost to his fellow Dutch fighter at “World Fighting League MMA 2” on March 24, 2018 and to the Russian fighter at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” on May 11, 2018.

On November 9, 2018, Engelen made his return to the ONE Championship cage and knocked out Meas Meul, 27, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the featherweight division at “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” After this, Engelen was added to the “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” card replacing Zach “God’s Warrior” Zane, 33, of Indonesia and the United States as the opponent of Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo, 37, of the Philippines.

Featuring three ONE Super Series striking contests and 11 mixed martial arts matches,  “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” took place at the the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 17, 2018. In the ninth bout of the evening, Engelen and Yabo competed in an MMA bout at a catch weight of 72 kg.

Engelen had himself another quick night as he finished off Yabo with a first-round submission victory. The Dutch-Indonesian contender showcased his ground game as he took his Filipino opponent down with relative ease.

Once on the mat, Engelen dominated as he swiftly took Yabo’s back and secured the rear-naked choke, forcing the Filipino to tap out within seconds. Referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 35 seconds in the first round.

Here is a “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson:

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