In the main event of ONE Grit and Glory, Japans Yoshitaka Naito claimed a razor-thin split decision victory over Alex Silva of Brazil to recapture the ONE Strawweight World Championship.
From the outset, it was a technical affair with both men displaying their expertise on the mat as they battled to gain a grip on the contest. Naito showcased his excellent wrestling to consistently take the former champion down to the canvas.
But despite regularly having to fight off his back Silva expertly utilized his world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu to keep his opponent on his toes but in the end, it would not be enough to earn him the win as his Japanese foe’s grappling proved too much.
In the final round, Naito would put some daylight between himself and his Brazilian foe to recapture the gold he lost to Silva last December to emerge the victor on two of the three judges’ scorecards to earn the win.
Local Hero Rahardian puts on a spectacular performance to the delight of his home fans
In the co-main event of the evening, undefeated local martial arts superstar Stefer Rahardian sent the crowd wild with a spectacular performance, clinching his ninth straight victory with a submission finish of India’s Himanshu Kaushik.
After trading strikes with Kaushik in the opening moments of the bout, Rahardian would shoot for the takedown, bringing his opponent to the canvas. Once on the mat, Rahardian quickly took the back and secured the rear naked choke to seal the deal.
Ataides earns title shot after impressive striking display en route to stopping Bigdash
Leandro Ataides of Brazil solidified his position as a top contender in ONE Championship’s talented middleweight division by defeating former world champion Vitaly Bigdash via third-round stoppage.
From the first round to the last, Ataides utilized his speed and power to continuously outstrike Bigdash, who responded with counterpunches to keep the multiple times world BJJ champion honest.
In the final round, Ataides would connect with a superman punch, sending Bigdash crashing to the canvas. Once on the mat, Ataides unleash a relentless barrage of punches to secure the finish.
Maslobojev impresses on Super Series debut, Gaol subs “The Rebel” to earn her third straight win
Also on the card, in the ONE Super Series, Lithuania’s Sergej Maslobojev was nothing short of stellar in his debut to the delight of the crowd by routing Croatia’s Antonio Plazibat in their highly-anticipated rematch.
Earlier in the evening, local female martial arts star Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol made it a hattrick of wins under ONE Championship umbrella when she locked in a guillotine choke on Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad to face the tap at the 2:27 mark of the opening round.
ONE: GRIT AND GLORY Official Results
Yoshitaka Naito def. Alex Silva by Split Decision
Stefer Rahardian def. Himanshu Kaushik by Sub (RNC) at 2:25 minutes of round 1
Leandro Ataides def. Vitaly Bigdash by TKO (Strikes) at 2:41 minutes of round 3
ONE Super Series Kickboxing catchweight bout (95kg)
Sergej Maslobojev def. Antonio Plazibat by UD
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Rome Trinidad by Sub (Guillotine) at 2:27 minutes of round 1
Sor Sey def. Victorio Senduk by UD
Tetsuya Yamada def. Eric Kelly by Sub (RNC) at 3:00 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight bout
Ognjen Topic def. Stergos Mikkios by UD
Radeem Rahman def. Tang De Pan by Sub (RNC) at 1:19 minutes of round 1
Elipitua Siregar def. Dodi Mardian by Sub (RNC) at 3:59 minutes of round 1
Riski Umar def. Doan Birawa by Sub (RNC) at 1:22 minutes of round 2