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Dragon Warrior Gym’s Niu Kang Kang makes successful ONE Championship debut, beats Sunoto in Indonesia

Niu Kang Kang, Olivier Coste (© ONE Championship)

Niu Kang Kang, Olivier Coste (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Dragon Warrior Gym in Shanghai, China, Niu Kang Kang, 22, made his successful ONE Championship debut on January 19, 2019. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Eternal Glory.”

Featuring two Muay Thai bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the third bout of the evening, Niu faced “The Terminator” Sunoto, 33, of Indonesia in an MMA bout at a catch weight of 68 kg.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the contest after 31 seconds in the first round. The Dragon Warrior Gym athlete knocked out Sunoto via head kick.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Niu’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Sunoto now has 10 wins and 5 losses.

Born in China on May 28, 1996, Niu has been competing professionally since 2016. Before joining ONE Championship, he competed in The Legend King Championship, Kunlun Fight MMA and Rebel Fighting Championship.

Niu is now riding a three-bout winning streak. On August 12, 2017, he knocked out Akhmad Donchaev of Russia in the first round at “Rebel FC 5: Quest for Glory” at the Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai.

On May 30, 2018, Niu captured yet another victory in Rebel FC. He won via unanimous decision against his fellow Chinese fighter Daoyuan Wang at “Rebel FC 8: A Warrior’s Return” in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

The only fighter to defeat Niu was his compatriot Jiahao Hao. On July 6, 2017, the latter knocked out the former at “Kunlun Fight MMA 13” in Qingdao, China.

Including Indonesia and China, 13 countries were represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Niu was the only fighter who represented China in the event while Sunoto was one of the eight hometown fighters on the card.

Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap:

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