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Eko Roni Saputra To Face Toughest Test Yet At ONE Fight Night 7

LockerRoom Team
02 February 2023

Over his four-year tenure in ONE Championship, Eko Roni Saputra’s abilities have seen him go from strength to strength inside the Circle.

Later this month, the Indonesian standout will face his toughest test yet on Saturday, 25 February, when he meets #3-ranked Danny “The King” Kingad in flyweight MMA action at ONE Fight Night 7: Lineker vs. Andrade II.

Saputra first arrived in The Home of Martial Arts in 2019, battling Niko Soe at ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR in his mixed martial arts debut. His first assignment provided a stern test, where the multiple-time Freestyle Wrestling Champion met a reluctant start to his professional career.

Ultimately, Saputra succumbed to a first-round stoppage from Soe, sending him back to the drawing board in order to respond – and respond he has.

The Evolve MMA product has taken every possible lesson from the shortcoming to turn himself into the fighter seen before us today.

Almost four years later, Saputra is a force to be reckoned with in the ONE flyweight division, riding high on a seven-fight winning streak with all victories coming by way of submission.

The diverse battler has already made his goals known for 2023, with his eyes firmly set on reaching the grandest prize flyweight has to offer: the ONE Flyweight World Championship.

But in order to take the next crucial step in his career, he must manage the 14-3 Kingad. “The King” has long been a member of ONE’s flyweight division, having battled current ONE Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, former champ Adriano Moraes, as well as holding victories over fellow standouts Yuya Wakamatsu, Reece McLaren, and Xie Wei.

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The clash with Saputra will be Kingad’s first outing since December 2021’s ONE: WINTER WARRIORS, where a unanimous decision defeat to Kairat Akhmetov wavered his momentum.

Now, the 17-fight veteran will look to return in emphatic fashion against Saputra and remind the division’s up-and-comers that he is still one of the finest flyweights to beat in ONE.

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