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Philippines’ Robin Catalan earns 4th ONE Championship win

Robin Catalan, Kemp Cheng, Stefer Rahardian (© ONE Championship)

Robin Catalan, Kemp Cheng, Stefer Rahardian (© ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Catalan Fighting System Philippines, Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, of Iloilo, Philippines has earned his fourth victory in ONE Championship. 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 on January 19, 2019. In the seventh bout of the evening, Catalan faced Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 32, of Jakarta in an MMA match in the strawweight division.

Catalan is known as a striker while Rahardian is a Carlson Gracie student and a grappler training out of Jakarta and Bali Muay Thai and MMA. The Filipino fighter was a step ahead on all fronts as he easily prevented his Indonesian opponent’s takedowns.

The Catalan Fighting System Philippines athlete did not only pick the hometown favorite apart in the striking department. The Filipino fighter also landed some takedowns of his own.

After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Kemp Cheng raised the hand of the Filipino fighter, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Catalan’s professional MMA record to 8 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Rahardian now has 8 wins and 3 losses and is now riding a three-bout losing streak.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” marked Catalan’s seventh ONE Championship bout. The first three opponents he defeated in the Singapore-based promotion were Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado, 25, of Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, of Thailand and Adrian “Papua Badboy” Mattheis, 25, of Jakarta.

Including Indonesia and the Philippines, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Rahardian was one of the eight hometown fighters on the card while Catalan was one of the three fighters who represented the Philippines.

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

Watch all the “ONE: Eternal Glory” bouts here:

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