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Fighters target Jakarta success

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Sim Bunsrun is one of three Cambodians in action in Jakarta tomorrow. KT/Yeun Punlue

Three Cambodian mixed martial artists will look to score famous victories as they enter the cage at ONE Championship: Total Victory tomorrow at the Jakarta Convention Centre in Indonesia.

Sim Bunsrun, a 24-year-old KWC 3 flyweight tournament champion, is now competing in ONE Championship’s stacked flyweight division after coming through unscathed in his first two assignments.

He submitted compatriot Kun Sichan in December 2015 before outpointing Liu Peng Shuai a year later. Bunsrun now returns to the cage to go up against hometown favourite Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian.

Top prospect Rahardian impressed in his ONE Championship debut by winning the ONE: Titles & Titans flyweight tournament in August 2016.

Rahardian finished off both Yotha Hutagalung and Hendrick Wijaya by first round rear-naked choke to become the tournament champ. In his last outing, Rahardian outperformed Eugene Toquero to win by unanimous decision in three rounds.

Thai Rithy of Cambodia is a KWC featherweight champion who will make his ONE Championship debut in the featherweight division.

He holds a professional record of five wins and two losses. Four of his five career victories have come by way of submission. Rithy, aged only 19, is scheduled to go up against Sunoto of Indonesia.

Dubbed “The Terminator”, Sunoto is a WKF Indonesia champion with a 6-3 professional record. With a penchant for grappling, three of Sunoto’s six victories have come by submission.

The 32-year-old is known as an aggressive competitor who never backs down from a challenge. In his last bout, he scored a first-round stoppage victory over Cambodia’s Chan Heng.

Phat Soda is a three-time National Kun Khmer champion. In his glory days as a Cambodian kickboxer, he left fans on the edge of their seats with his lightning-quick and pinpoint striking.

Soda, 28, looks to emulate his Kun Khmer success against Adrian Matheis.

Matheis, 24, of Jakarta, is a martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s talented strawweight division. In the ONE: Titles & Titans strawweight tournament in August 2016, Matheis defeated both Rustam Hutajulu and Roso Nugroho via scintillating knockouts in one night to be crowned tournament champion.

All three have been training at renowned Phnom Penh-based fight school Cambodian Top Team alongside coach Chan Reach and will be hoping they can bring back some good news – and some wins – from Jakarta.

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