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Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra earns 4th ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: Inside the Matrix 2’ in Singapore

Eko Roni Saputra (©ONE Championship)

Eko Roni Saputra (©ONE Championship)

Eko Roni Saputra, 29, of Samarinda, Indonesia has earned his fourth ONE Championship win. The Indonesian mixed martial artist is now riding a four-bout winning streak.

Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Saputra fought Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales, 33, of Albay, Philippines at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II.” ONE Championship held the MMA event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 6, 2020.

Saputra is 163cm tall. Gonzales stands 168cm and trains at Kyokushin Fight Academy.

Including Indonesia and the Philippines, nine countries were represented at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II,” which featured five MMA fights. The others were China,  Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

 

In the second bout of the evening, Saputra and Gonzales competed in the flyweight division. Mohamad Sulaiman served as the referee.

Almost immediately after the bout began, Saputra shot in for a double-leg, using his chain wrestling to bring matters to the canvas. He proved unstoppable on the ground, advancing his position until he took Gonzales’s back and sunk in the choke.

Gonzales had no choice but to tap. Sulaiman put a stop to the flyweight contest after 4 minutes and 7 seconds in the first round.

Beating Gonzales at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II” improved the professional MMA record of Saputra to 4 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, the Filipino MMA fighter now has 4 wins and 4 losses.

Saputra was one of the two representatives of Indonesia at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II.” Gonzales solely represented the Philippines.

 

Born on May 2, 1991, Saputra was 5 years old when he started training in boxing. He switched to wrestling at his parents’ urging and he went onto to focus on grappling.

When Saputra made his professional MMA debut at “ONE: Roots of Honor” on April 12, 2019, he was knocked out by Nico Soe, 27, of Singapore. After the loss, the Indonesian MMA fighter bounced back and defeated Kaji “Alpha” Ebin, 27, of the Philippines at “ONE: Dawn of Valor” on October 25, 2019, Khon Sichan, 33, of Cambodia at “ONE: Warrior’s Code” on February 7, 2020 and Murugan ‘Wolverine” Silvarajoo, 29, of Malaysia at “ONE: Reign of Dynasties” on October 9, 2020 before “ONE: Inside the Matrix II.”

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