Theodorus Ginting crowned welterweight champion at ONE Pride 30

Theodorus Ginting claims the welterweight title at ONE Pride MMA 30.

One Pride Pro Never Quit was back on deck Saturday with three of its biggest title on the line.

The main event saw Theodorus Ginting score a huge comeback victory after Rudy “Ahong” Gunawan nearly finished him in the opening 10 seconds.

The notorious KO power that helped Ahong end his last five fights in 30 seconds or less seemingly found its next victim.

However, Ginting dug deep, survived multiple submission attempts from the 4th degree Japanese JiuJitsu black belt, and eventually obtained top position to begin his barrage of ground and pound which knocked the former champion out cold on 4:58 of Round 1 to become the new One Pride National Welterweight titleholder.

“I take back a lot of what I said, especially all the trash talk that I threw to Ahong. Ahong is the real champion, he deserves to be a champion. I just proved that I work harder and it paid off,” Theo said.

Simmering Tensions

The tension between Ginting and Gunawan have been ongoing for a long time. The fight has been planned for several months, but had to be delayed due to medical reasons and other factors and only materialised.

“Ahong is very strong. It’s just that my training camp at Bali MMA was very tough.

“Every single day, we trained like it was the real thing, so I managed to survive when I got knocked down in the beginning of the fight.

“I play the mind games with trash talk and it seems to work,” Theo added.

In the co-main event, Jeka Asparido Saragih proved his dominance once again, retaining his lightweight belt after handing out Hendrik Tarigan’s first professional MMA loss.

The champion’s powerful kick quickly found its mark on the challenger’s head on the opening seconds which stuns the challenger for several follow up strikes that Saragih quickly followed up with a rear-naked choke to end Tarigan’s title challenge on 1:11 of round 1.

In the atomweight contender fight, Lipin Sitorus earned his shot at the One Pride national atomweight title after defeating Pipit “Komet” Priyatin.

Sitorus was dominated by Priyatin’s striking prowess on the first round, as the wrestler’s attempt to take the Bali MMA fighter was repeatedly halted.

Sitorus quickly made the adjustment to his game plan in the second round and showed increasing effectiveness on his takedown and even managed to land a flying knees that clearly hurt Priyatin. As the third round kicked in Sitorus ended the fight at 1:18 seconds.

Finally, Gunawan displayed another dominant performance against Edowar Virnanda to retain his One Pride National Strawweight title. The main card results of One Pride 30 include.

Main Event:

Theodorus Ginting def. Rudy Gunawan
TKO (ground and pound) at 4:58 of R1

Co-Main Event:

Jeka Saragih def. Hendrik Tarigan
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:11 of R1

Lipin Sitorus def. Pipit Priyatin
TKO (Knees) on 1:18 of Round 3

Gunawan def. Edowar Virnanda
TKO (ground and pound) at 4:59 of R2


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