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Robin Catalan: Stefer Rahardian’s grappling is good but his striking is not that dangerous

Robin Catalan (© ONE Championship)

Robin Catalan (© ONE Championship)

Hailing from Iloilo City, Philippines, Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 30, won two of his three fights in ONE Championship in 2018. In 2019, his first bout will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia at “ONE: Eternal Glory” on January 19, 2019.

Catalan will face Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 32, of Jakarta at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” The Filipino mixed martial artist looks to showcase his continuous development in his grappling when he takes on his Indonesian opponent.

Five of Rahardian’s nine wins were via submission. The Jakarta native is known for his slick grappling skills.

On July 27, 2018, Rahardian faced Catalan’s brother Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. After three five-minute rounds, the Indonesian fighter lost via unanimous decision, marking his first ever professional MMA loss.

“I think he’s a good grappler,” Robin said of Rahardian. “But his striking is not as a threat as he is on the ground. I’ll study his match against my brother to see how Rene was able to get the win, and maybe add some of the things I have been working on as well.”

Robin. An International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) Muay Thai World Champion, Robin knows that he has a huge advantage on the feet but he insists that he is not taking this match for granted.

Having witnessed Rene prepare for Rahardian for “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Robin is confident that his hands will be raised after the contest at “ONE: Eternal Glory.”  Knowing that Rahardian has his own set of advantages, Robin is working double time to try and neutralize it.

“I just need to follow the game plan that we have,” Robin said. “Regardless if it’s a decision or a knockout, my hand will be raised after the match.”

For Robin, it is only a matter of time before he gets catapulted to contendership status if he beats Rahardian at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” The Filipino MMA fighter said, “I’d like to have more wins.”

“I know the continuous developments in my game will lead me there,” Robin added. “Of course, a world title shot would be great, but I think I need to work on getting more wins to earn it.”

Watch Rene and Rahardian’s bout here:

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