Cambodia’s Rin Saroth, a mixed martial artist and former WK 3 featherweight tournament finalist, faces Indonesia’s Sunoto “The Terminator” Peringkat tomorrow in Jakarta at ONE Championship: Kings of Courage.
Saroth, now 24 and the holder of a Khun Khmer record of 110W-22L (2W-3L in MMA), says he is now ready to make a second appearance in the ONE cage and ready to face hometown favourite Jakarta’s very own Sunoto.
“I’m excited about the chance to compete outside the country,” said Saroth at yesterday’s press conference in Jakarta.
“I want to show Khun Khmer to the world. But I also want to learn from my opponent.
“This is my second time at ONE, but the first competing outside the country. There are some difficulties because the fight is nearly coming so I have less time for training. Of course I hope to win.
“The training is very tiring and difficult because fighting in the cage uses a lot of strength and skill.”
Saroth recognises his opponent tomorrow night is dangerous on the ground, but said his recent training with Phnom Penh-based Cambodian Top Team and H/Art Academy Jiu Jitsu should prove a solid foundation.
He also added that he was able to absorb some knowledge from visiting 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Fernando Salvador, who was in the kingdom last week.
Saroth made his ONE debut in December 2015 at ONE: Kingdom of Khmer, winning by first-round armbar submission over compatriot Mission Ali.
“I would like to ask all the people to support me and all the fighters whether they win or not,” he said. “I’m really happy and I would like to thank my coach that give me the opportunity to compete outside the country.
“However, I will try the best to compete on this international stage.”
Saroth’s opponent, Sunoto, a former World Karate Federation Indonesia Champion, racked up his 6W-3L record by seizing his opportunities fast, usually by taking the bout to the ground.
In his most recent contest in January 2017 at ONE: Quest for Power, the Indonesian immediately brought Cambodia’s Chang Heng to the ground, out-grappled him on the canvas and punched his way to a TKO halfway through the opening round.
This time, Sunoto said his goal is to showcase himself as a well-rounded martial artist. For him, that means a lot more striking on his feet.
“I want to stick to the stand up as long as I can,” he explained. “I want more experience striking. I never get to do that.
“I always end up on the ground because of my momentum. An opportunity appears, and I take it.
“I feel I have control. I have been training to compete all year. This is boosting my enthusiasm and confidence.“The biggest and most important thing I learn in the cage is mental strength,” Sunoto said.
“The second thing is gratitude. No one else can be in the cage with me. When I’m in there, the crowd is cheering, and I feel like a superstar. Everyone is looking at me, and I feel like I am home.”
The main event of the evening features top Singaporean female strawweight, Tiffany “No Chill” Teo, who will take on Chinese female martial arts star Xiong Jing Nan for the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.