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Catalan plays tormentor to Chinese foe anew; Xiong new One women's strawweight champ

Rene Catalan scored his fourth straight win in style.
By Dugout Philippines

JAKARTA--Xiong Jing Nan etched her name in the pages of history as the first ever One women’s strawweight world champion, defeating Singaporean martial arts ace Tiffany Teo by referee stoppage in the fourth round of the main event of One: King of Courage at the Jakarta Convention Center early Sunday.

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.

"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," Xiong said after the match. "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."

In the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight prodigy Stefer Rahardian drew the loudest cheers from the hometown crowd at the packed Jakarta Convention Center as he turned in another stellar performance, dominating Pakistan’s Muhammad Imran over three rounds to keep his unblemished professional record intact.

Rahardian fully utilized his grinding ground-and-pound to pummel Imran repeatedly while threatening to end matters with various submission attempts. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Rahardian, who had his arm raised via unanimous decision.

In an entertaining display of grappling mastery between two submission wizards, former One Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki emerged triumphant against former One Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra Gafurov in the card’s highly-anticipated Grappling Super-Match.

Tearing a page out of his opponent’s playbook, Aoki took Gafurov’s back and submitted the Russian with a tight rear-naked choke to earn a much-needed victory.

Also, Filipino martial arts veteran Rene Catalan of Manila, Philippines turned in one of his most dominant performances to date against China’s Peng Xue Wen, winning by technical knockout to score his fourth straight victory inside the One Championship cage.

Catalan, 18 years Peng’s senior, dominated the striking exchanges and matched Peng, a Greco Roman wrestling champion, in the grappling department. In the second round, Catalan dropped Peng with a liver shot and swarmed him on the ground.

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