Cambodia’s Rin Saroth was outmuscled by the hometown favourite, suffering a frustrating defeat in Jakarta on Saturday.
Indonesian martial arts star “The Terminator” Sunoto continued his reign of dominance with his sixth straight win on home soil at ONE: Kings of Courage.
He scored his second straight stoppage victory in ONE Championship with an impressive submission of the Cambodian Top Team talent.
In a cagey opening period to the contest, Sunoto looked to find his way inside the kun Khmer stance of Saroth, who took the centre of the cage and looked to catch the Indonesian with strikes on his way in.
Saroth may have a kun Khmer record of 110-22, but he showed his grappling credentials by picking up an armbar victory on his ONE debut and he looked to secure a second tapout victory when he surprised “The Terminator” with an inverted triangle choke attempt from his back after being slammed to the mat.
Sunoto stayed composed, however, and bided his time before Saroth abandoned the hold in the final minute of the round.
Nonetheless, the message had been sent that the kun Khmer exponent had plenty of grappling surprises in his locker against the kickboxing and jiu-jitsu specialist.
Despite the submission scare in the first round, “The Terminator” came out aggressively once again in the second stanza, immediately taking Saroth to the mat and working his way to side control.
With Sunoto in a comfortable position on the canvas, he chased the finish, softening up Saroth with strikes before locking up an Americana to force the tap mid-way through round two.
Cambodian Top Team coach Chan Reach said that despite the loss, he was proud of his fighter.
“Saroth lost the bout in the second round, but we saw he did well by using tactics from what he learned. We cannot get the victory now, we lost, but thanks to everyone for the wishes. Saroth will make further efforts for future matches,” he said.
After his win, Sunoto paid tribute to the Indonesian fans who helped roar him to victory, shouting “It is time to get involved!”
In the main event of the evening, a riveting striking battle took place between two outstanding female martial artists.
“The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan etched her name into the pages of history as the first ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, defeating Singaporean martial arts ace Tiffany Teo by referee stoppage in the fourth round.
Relying on her accurate striking, Xiong tagged Teo repeatedly with her patented overhand rights and stinging left hooks that presented a difficult problem to solve for the tough Singaporean.
Through sheer power and determination, Xiong overwhelmed her opponent and secured the finish by dropping Teo with a volley of crisp punches, prompting veteran referee Olivier Coste to call a halt to the contest.
Xiong Jing Nan, the newly-crowned ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, said: “I want to thank ONE Championship for this chance to show what China, and what women can do.
“I am happy to represent China and take a lot of pride in that. I feel great and I’m overwhelmed. This is a message to all the women across the world – you can achieve anything.
“This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”