SOTIR KICHUKOV STEPS IN TO FACE YUSUP SAADULAEV
16 September 2015 – Jakarta: Asia’s largest sports media property, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just intensified its highly-anticipated return to Jakarta, Indonesia with the announcement of three exciting new bouts. ONE: ODYSSEY OF CHAMPIONS, which takes place at the Istora Senayan indoor arena on 27 September will now see a lightweight clash between Roger Huerta and Koji Ando, a bantamweight battle between Sotir Kichukov and Yusup Saadulaev, and a female strawweight bout between Angela Lee and Elena Pashnina.
CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE Championship’s return to Jakarta will be incredible, as we have prepared an amazing lineup of fights for fans eager to witness world-class MMA live. These three additional bouts are guaranteed to satisfy fans hungry for action as we pull out all the stops in our spectacular return to the heart of Indonesia.”
Roger “El Matador” Huerta will return to the ONE cage a year after winning his fight against Christian Holley last August 2014. Huerta is an MMA veteran and has faced the biggest names in the sport. He now lives and trains in Thailand and will look to outdo Japanese stalwart Koji Ando who is fresh off challenging division champion Shinya Aoki for the title.
Koji Ando is one of Japan’s fiercest competitors and is never in a boring fight. He has defeated some solid competition over the course of his professional career and is looking to climb his way up the rankings. With an array of diverse striking skills coupled with solid submission grappling credentials, Ando is ready to claim victory against Roger Huerta.
At just 19 years of age, Angela Lee is one of the most promising young fighters on ONE Championship’s growing roster. She scored an impressive victory over Aya Saber in her ONE Championship debut last May, submitting her opponent in the first round with an Armbar. Lee is poised to dominate the women’s strawweight division and looks to impress fans once again as she battles Elena Pashnina.
Russian female fighter Elena Pashnina is based in Chengdu, China and holds a black belt in Sanda. The young 20-year-old is fresh off her first test inside the ONE cage last July against Jenny Huang. Her lightning quick strikes and well-rounded mat skills were on full display. Next up, Pashnina takes on Singapore’s MMA darling, Angela Lee.
Yusup Saadulaev’s consistent greatness is remarkable, owning victories over worthy opponents in his time inside the ONE Cage. Saadulaev is the only man to have defeated reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Adriano Moraes, is ready for another run at the title. The Russian grappler aims to work his way back into contention, but will have to get past another stiff challenge in Sotir Kichukov.
Bulgarian fighter Sotir Kichukov steps in to replace Andrew Leone to take on Yusup Saadulaev. With a record of 13-3, Kichukov will make his debut in ONE and is looking to outdo Saadulaev in the cage for a chance to challenge current ONE Flyweight World Champion AdrianoMoraes for the title
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