Fighting out of India, Himanshu Kaushik, 26, was one of the winners at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It marked his first victory in ONE Championship.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 25, 2019. In the first bout of the evening, Kaushik faced Egi Rozten, 20, of Indonesia in an MMA bout in the strawweight division.
Training out of Pramansh Training Center, Kaushik was driven to claim his first victory in ONE Championship as he made quick work of Rozten. The Indian contender overwhelmed his Indonesian opponent with a barrage of punches.
Referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the strawweight bout between Rozten and Kaushik after 3 minutes and 33 seconds in the first round. The Indian contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent.
Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Kaushik’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 3 losses. This made him the first fighter to defeat Rozten, who now has 2 wins and 1 loss.
The victory ended Kaushik’s three-bout losing streak. Before joining ONE Championship, he lost to his compatriot Nitesh Yadav at “SFL 2017: Highway To Hurt” in Delhi, India on February 12, 2017.
Kaushik lost to his first two opponent in ONE Championship. He was submitted both via rear-naked choke by Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 31, of Jakarta, Indonesia at “ONE: Grit and Glory” in Jakarta on May 12, 2018 and Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 40, of Thailand at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” in Singapore on November 9, 2018.
Aside from India, Indonesia and the Philippines, 11 other countries were represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” namely Algeria, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States. Kaushik was the only fighter who represented India.
In the main event of the evening, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil dethroned Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines as the ONE Flyweight World Champion. In the co-main event, Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States knocked out Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals.
Check more photos from Kaushik and Rozten’s recent bout on Top Sports Asia. Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” recap: