The next event of Asian promotion ONE Championship is held on November 17 at Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. Top of the bill is a vacant welterweight title fight in MMA between Tyler McGuire and Zebaztian Kadestam. The co-main event is a kickboxing encounter between two highly regarded fighters, Nieky Holzken and Cosmo Alexandre.
The rest of the fight card includes MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai matchups. One Tuesday the promotion sent out “five reasons to watch the show” which can be found below.
Tyler McGuire’s test. The 32-year-old American has never tasted defeat inside an MMA cage. McGuire’s record sits at 11-0 heading into his battle with Kadestam. By far, Kadestam represents the toughest bout in McGuire’s career. Kadestam is 10-4 as a professional and he’s known for his ultra-aggressive approach. This is a classic striker vs. grappler matchup that could tell us just how good McGuire can be in the long run.
A world title will be decided. We’ve talked about how McGuire-Kadestam could be a great matchup. Aside from the way the two men compare from a skill standpoint, they are competing for a legitimate world title. There are only 26 men and women across the sport who can claim to be a world champion. Whenever a real world title is on the line, true fans of the sport and martial arts should take notice.
The Nieky Holzken debut. ONE Super Series Kickboxing has already delivered some exciting bouts and featured amazing martial artists. At ONE: Warrior’s Dream, a true legend of the sport will make his promotional debut. Holzken has won multiple world titles in the sport across his 16-year career as a professional kickboxer. In the co-feature, Holzken will face Cosmo Alexandre in a rematch. Holzken won their first meeting back in 2010. The 34-year-old Dutch superstar will be looking to reaffirm his superiority over Alexandre.
Another rematch. ONE: Warrior’s Dream will be the site of another rematch. The battle between “Mr. Lightning” Lerdsila Phuket Top Team and Sok Thy will take place under Muay Thai rules. The two men faced off at ONE: Pinnacle of Power in June. It was a bout to remember. The competition was extremely close, but Lerdsila emerged victorious with a split-decision victory. Because of how close and entertaining the first meeting was, there was a reason to run it back. Between the two veterans, they have a total of 492 Muay Thai bouts.
The next step for Elipitua Siregar. Dominant wrestlers have perhaps the best base for mixed martial arts. One of the most promising martial artists on the scene who has a strong wrestling background is Indonesia’s own Elipitua Siregar. He’s only 21 years old, and he’s had just two professional mixed martial arts bouts, but he tallied a finish in both.
The product of Bali MMA is seeing a spike in competition at ONE: Warrior’s Dream. He steps into the cage to face Pakistani veteran Muhammad “The Spider” Imran. If Siregar can be victorious, we may be seeing the maturation of Indonesia’s next martial arts superhero.
ONE Warrior’s Dream fight card
Tyler McGuire vs. Zebaztian Kadestam (MMA)
Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre (Kickboxing)
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol vs. Angelie Sabanal (MMA)
Pongsiri Mitsatit vs. Hayato Suzuki (MMA)
Lerdsila Chumpairtour vs. Sok Thy (Muay Thai)
Zach Zane vs. Jimmy Yabo (MMA)
Elipitua Siregar vs. Muhammad Imran (MMA)
Egi Rozten vs. Eddey Kalai (MMA)
Zhao Zhi Kang vs. Dae Hwan Kim (MMA)
Eugene Toquero vs. Tatsumitsu Wada (MMA)
Brown Pinas vs. Yohann Drai (Muay Thai)
Xie Chao vs. Bruno Pucci (MMA)