Jakarta. ONE Championship has just announced the complete card for its Jan. 20 event "ONE: Kings of Courage," which will take place in Jakarta. The ONE Championship cage will once again showcase the absolutely best local and international martial arts talents.
The main event features top female strawweight fighter from Singapore, Tiffany "No Chill" Teo, who will take on Chinese female martial arts star Xiong Jing Nan in the inaugural ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship.
ONE Championship chief executive Chatri Sityodtong said he was excited to announce the bout between the two fighters.
"It is our first global broadcast of 2018 and we are going big. The two women are exemplary martial artists who compete at the highest level of skill. It should be an exciting bout for all the fans watching, and at the end of the night, we will be crowning our first ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion," Chatri said.
"In addition, our co-main event contest between local hero Stefer Rahardian and Muhammad Imran will see the winner go on to challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship."
Teo thanked ONE for the opportunity.
"I've always kept my head down and let the hard work and my achievements speak for itself. I got the win in my last bout, but I still feel like I could have done better. As a martial artist, I am constantly seeking to improve. This title shot means a lot to me and I am excited to get right back in the cage. I would like to thank Xiong Jing Nan for the opportunity to showcase my skills again," she said.
In reply, Xiong Jing said she was also grateful for the opportunity of having a title shot against Teo.
"This is a great honor for me and for China. I have been training and dreaming of becoming a world champion for a long time and I am ready to defeat whoever is standing in front of me. My entire career has been about making this dream come true, and now it’s time for me to make that dream a reality," she said.
Teo is a rising female martial arts star, and holds an unblemished professional record of seven wins and no losses, including three submissions and two knockouts. She began training in taekwondo before moving on to compete in boxing and Muay Thai, before eventually transitioning to the ONE Championship cage.
"The Panda" is known as one of the top three leading female martial arts talents in China. With a professional record of 13-1, she began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity. Featuring a wide array of skills, Xiong recently bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017. In her last bout, Xiong made quick work of Filipino wushu fighter April Osenio, finishing her opponent via technical knockout in the first round.
Meanwhile, top Indonesian martial arts talent Stefer Rahardian impressed in his ONE Championship debut by winning the ONE Flyweight Tournament in August 2016. Setefer finished both Yotha Hutagalung and Hendrick Wijaya by first round rear-naked choke to become the tournament winner. Since then, he has blazed a trail in the ONE Championship cage, winning three additional bouts to cap an amazing run as a professional. In his last outing, Setefer outperformed Cambodia's Sim Bunsrun to win by impressive first-round submission. Still unbeaten, Stefer puts his perfect record on the line against Muhammad Imran in a ONE Flyweight World Championship title eliminator.
Muhammad "The Spider" Imran of Pakistan is a martial artist making his ONE Championship debut. He is the former PFC Strawweight Champion who specializes in budokai karate and grappling. The 26-year- old is looking to make a solid impact at flyweight, challenging one of the top talents in the division in his first appearance for the promotion.
The complete roster will include 33-year-old Vitaly Bigdash of Russia against Brazil's 31-year-old Leandro Ataides; Marat "Cobra" Gafurov from Russia against Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki of Japan; and Indonesian martial arts veteran "The Terminator" Sunoto, who is a ONE Championship bantamweight and former WKF Indonesia Champion, against 24-year-old Rin Saroth from Cambodia.
There are also 32-year-old Yusup "Maestro" Saadulaev from Russia against Japanese martial artist Masakazu Imanari; 22-year-old Iryna "Delsa" Kyselova against 30-year-old "Supermom" Miao Jie of China; Victorio "Indra" Senduk from Bandung, West Java, against compatriot Yohan Mulia Legowo from Solo, Central Java; as well as Indonesian striking expert Riski "Kong" Umar against Arnol Batubara, a ONE Championship flyweight fighter and former Garuda Super Fight Bantamweight Champion.
Singapore-headquartered ONE Championship is the largest sports media property the history of Asia. It hosts the largest sports entertainment events across the continent, featuring the best mixed martial artists and world champions, all on exclusive contracts.
In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers in more than 128 countries by some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp and OSN.