Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 39, was one of the four Filipino contenders who won at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was the third ONE Championship event in the country in 2018.
At “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Catalan competed in the strawweight division. His opponent was Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, a previously unbeaten mixed martial artist from Jakarta, Indonesia.
After three five-minute rounds, the strawweight bout between Catalan and Rahardian was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Olivier Coste raised the hand of the Filipino contender who won via unanimous decision.
By beating Rahardian, Catalan improved his professional MMA record to 5 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Rahardian’s record downgraded to 9 wins and 1 loss.
Rahardian was Catalan’s second Indonesian opponent in ONE Championship following Adrian “Papua Badboy” Matheis, 25. Aside from the two Indonesian athletes, the other fighters who lost to the Filipino fighter in the promotion were Chinese fighters Zhang You Liang, 24, Hou You Ga Bu, 25, and Peng Xue Wen, 21,
This makes Rahardian the fifth ONE Championship athlete to lose to Catalan. Meanwhile, here are the official “ONE: Reign of Kings” results:
- Featherweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Sor Sey by Submission (Guillotine) at 1:55 minutes of round 1
- Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Stefer Rahardian by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Catch Weight (68.0kg) bout: Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai defeats Brown Pinas by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio defeats Pongsiri Mitstatit by Submission (Armlock) at 3:37 minutes of round 1
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Bantamweight bout: Panicos Yusuf defeats Han Zi Hao by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Catch Weight (72.5kg) bout: Chris Ngimbi defeats Armen Petrosyan by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
- Lightweight bout: Garry Tonon defeats Rahul Raju by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 3
- Lightweight bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Aziz Pahrudinov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Welterweight bout: Renzo Gracie defeats Yuki Kondo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:40 minutes of round 2
- Lightweight bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Shannon Wiratchai by TKO (Strikes) at 2:16 minutes of round 1
- ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Martin Nguyen by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds