Aep Saepudin claims ONE Pride featherweight belt

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Aep Saepudin blasting his way to the ONE Pride featherweight title. Photo: ONE Pride MMA.

ONE Pride MMA has become synonymous for fast-paced knockout action and this past weekend was no different.

Four bouts ended in the first round of ONE Pride and a new featherweight champion was crowned.

In the main event of Saturday’s fight night, Aep Saepudin took the featherweight belt from Hafid Nur Maradi with a first round knockout.

From the opening bell, Saepudin successfully defended several of Maradi’s takedown attempts. As the former champion starts to slow down, Saepudin pushed the pace with his powerful strikes and connected with a right hook that knocked out “The Avatar” on the 1:48 mark of the first round.

“I have nothing but respect to Hafid. He is a very humble champion. His strength and resilience have won the championship belt,” Saepudin said after the fight.

In a celebrity feature fight, actor Randy Pangalila earned a first-round stoppage over fellow actor Adhi Pawitra.

Pangalila controlled the game from the start with his powerful low kicks while denying Pawitra any chance to recover. As the fight progressed, Pawitra was clearly hurt and was no longer able to stand, forcing the referee to stop the fight and award “The Punk” with eh TKO win on 3:47 of the first round.

In the lightweight division, Hatoropan Simbolon stopped Victor Keitimu with a first round submission. Simbolon quickly took the Jujitsu practitioner to the canvas as the fight started.

Keitimu’s guillotine choke attempt was quickly countered with a kimura that forced the Bantar Angin fighter to tap in 55 seconds.

Opening the main card, Winardi scored his fifth first round victory won against Galih Tornado. Both fighters quickly exchange blows at the opening bell. As the fight progressed, Winardi landed cleaner strikes that clearly hurt Galih. Winardi continued to punish his opponent and secured the finish just over four minutes into the first round.

One Pride 33 results:

Featherweight Title
Aep Saepudin defeated Hafid Nur Maradi
Knockout at 1:48 of R1

Randy Pangalila defeated Adhi Pawitra
TKO (low kick) at 3:49 in Round 1

Lightweight Bout:
Hatoropan Simbolon defeated Victor Keitimu
Submission (Kimura) at 0:55 in R1

Flyweight Bout:
Winardi defeated Galih Tornado
TKO (Ground and Pound) at 4:17 in R1

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