Fight Facts: One Championship ‘Dawn of Valor’

By Jay Pettry Oct 28, 2019

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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One Championship on Friday took to Indonesia with one title on the line, one week removed from its big doubleheader. “Dawn of Valor” featured the lowest finish rate in company history, the successful debut of a popular former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender and an unfortunate quick injury coming in as one of the fastest finishes at a One show.

A LEISURELY PACE: Eight of the 11 bouts on the card went the distance, setting the record for the most decisions at a single event in company history. The previous high (seven) came at One “Dawn of Heroes” earlier this year.

WAY OFF PACE: “Dawn of Valor” ended with the lowest finish rate (.273) of any event in organizational history. Prior to this card, none featured a stoppage rate below 40 percent.

AND ASKREN WAS HEADLINING THAT CARD: On two separate occasions throughout the show, four consecutive MMA fights went the distance. Only one other event in One history had at least four fights in a row reach the scorecards: One “Global Rivals” in 2016, when five straight fights ended up in the hands of the judges.

KINGS (AND QUEENS) OF JAKARTA: Although four bouts featured two fighters from Indonesia squaring off, in the two bouts that showcased an Indonesian competitor against a foreigner, the home country fighter emerged victorious.

CURSED BELT: Zebaztian Kadestam surrendered his 185-pound title to Kiamrian Abbasov after a five-round decision. The man to hold that belt previously -- Ben Askren -- also lost elsewhere on the same weekend, falling by technical submission to Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 162.

PRIDEFUL PRISCILLA: In taking a decision over Bozhena Antoniyar in the co-main event, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol earned her seventh victory under the One banner. The only female fighter with more wins with the promotion is Angela Lee (10).

TAJIKING TIME BOMB: John Lineker picked up his first victory with One by capturing a decision over Muin Gafurov. All 15 of Gafurov’s career wins have come by stoppage, including 14 in the first round. The only three fighters to beat “Tajik” have done so on the scorecards.

CLIPPED WINGS: Jumayi Ayideng was handed his sixth career defeat when he dropped a decision to Mark Abelardo. Among those losses, “The Kazakh Eagle” has lost two by knockout, two by submission and two by the judges.

POP IT BACK IN LIKE MEL GIBSON: Although it came by shoulder injury, Eko Roni Saputra picked up the 10th-fastest knockout victory in company history against Kaji Ebin. At 19 seconds, it tied him with Kwon Won Il’s drubbing of Eric Kelly at One 92.

READY, SET, BROKEN: The 19-second shoulder injury was the second-fastest injury stoppage in promotional history, trailing Christian Holley’s 14-second injury stoppage against Zorobabel Moreira at One “Dynasty of Champions 2” in 2015.

NO MORE MLB FOR YOU: When Ebin hurt his shoulder, he suffered the eighth loss inside the organization due to injury. It was the second caused by a fighter’s shoulder.

PUTS ON SUNGLASSES: Pieter Buist beat Antonio Caruso by unanimous decision and in doing so handed Caruso the first loss of his eight-fight career.

ALL-INDONESIAN PRELIM: Elipitua Siregar hit Eka Aprilianto with a rear-naked choke in two minutes flat. Neither man has gone the distance in his career, and all four of Siregar’s wins have come within two rounds.

PARYO 64: Adi Paryanto finished Angelo Bimoadji with knees 64 seconds into the opening fight of the night. This finish was good for the fourth-quickest stoppage with knee strikes in company history.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into One “Dawn of Valor,” five fighters had never lost by decision, Caruso had never fought outside of Australia (seven fights) and Nunez had never competed in Asia (eight fights).
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