FOMMI, the governing body of MMA in Indonesia, held its first Sabuk Championships on March 15, 2015. The fully Indonesian card was headlined by Luke Adams versus Kazushi Sugiyama.
Adams, training out of Singapore, had a distinctive reach advantage on his opponent. However, Sugiyama’s aggressive striking style negated that throughout the first round. Adams was able to capitalize in the second by working for a choke on the ground which got him the tap and the win.
Both veterans showcased an all around game for the fans and officials on hand for the event. Adams stated after the win,
“At the beginning of the first round I was depressed and got hit from Kazushi. But, I did not want to give up, and tried my best in the second round. As a result, I was able to deliver a lethal rear naked choked and he could not fight anymore. If invited again I will be happy to come back. I like Indonesia and Jakarta. Everyone here is friendly.”
This event was not internationally advertised, seemingly because FOMMI wishes to give its fighters more chances against similar regionally trained opposition before launching on an intercontinental scale. Eight gyms participated in this event. A tertiary broadcast will presumably work in tandem with FOMMI to increase the visibility of MMA. The broadcaster will have been familiar with Indonesia’s MMA glory days of TPIFC a decade ago.
FOMMI Sabuk Championships
March 15, 2015
MARTON TAMPUBOLON, PUNCH MMA, SURABA YA
NGABDI MM,LINDU AJI SEMARANG
Ngabdi MM def Marton Tampubolon by TKO, round 3
61 – 65 kg
PAULUS LUMIHI, SYENA JAKARTA
ABROU F, HANS ACADEMY SOLO
Abrou Fernandes def Paul Lumihi by Decision
ANTON SETIAWAN, AQUO BEKASI
ALI BAROKAH, HANS ACADEMY SOLO
Ali Barokah def Anton Setiawan by KO
56 – 60 kg
ARDHI LUMIHI, INDONESIAN TOP TEAM, JAKARTA
SURYANTO, LINDU AJI SEMARANG
Suryanto def Ardhi Lumihi by TKO
76 – 80 kg
ALFAD MICHELE, TIGER SHARK, JAKARTA
BAYU HARTONO, HANS ACADEMY, SOLO
Alfad Michele def Bayu Hartono by TKO
GUSFI RANU, TIGER SHARK JAKARTA
VINCENT MAJID, BSA, BANTEN
Vincent Majid def Gusfi Ranu, rd 1
KAZUSHI SUGIYAMA (JAPAN) PANCRASE, JAPAN
LUKE ADAMS (USA) JUGGERNAUT FIGHT CLUB, SINGAPORE
Luke Adams def Kazushi Sugiyama by Submission, RNC, rd 2
Chairman of FOMMI, Nurseto Budi Santoso stated that this event is FOMMI’s initial step, in order to facilitate and improve MMA practitioners in Indonesia, which even now have begun to escalate. In relevance with this agenda, FOMMI not only invites 12 local fighters from Jakarta, Semarang, Solo, and Surabaya, but also these two foreign fighters.
“These international fighters will perform in an exhibition fight, showcasing their best skills and MMA techniques, to present an entertaining as well as educating show particularly for MMA fans and practitioners”, said Nurseto. He also added, “And the possibility that our fighters will go up and compete with international fighters is always open and feasible in the future”, he added.
At the same time, Promoter Jonisabuk added, that this event took preparation since 1 month ago. He affirms his optimism that MMA in Indonesia will significantly expand, particularly by FOMMI’s dedication in improving the sport, implementing its network and relation with foreign-based MMA organization.
“We are aware that most Indonesian MMA athletes are in urgent need of events to actualize their skills, which is why organization and promoter’s role are crucial for these athlete’s achievements”, added Joni. Currently, there are only very few promoters who are willing to take the step to realize MMA events, partly due to the time and preparation required to finalize MMA events, but Jonisabuk decided to step up and realize this event, despite there are only few sponsors. He believes that there will be other upcoming sponsors blooming, ready to support the next MMA events held in various locations in Indonesia.
The Event FOMMI SABUK CHAMPIONSHIP will be officially opened by The Chief Commander of Military Territorial, Major General Agus Sutomo, and he confirms that Yong Moo Do, the official martial art discipline of Indonesian Army Forces, will have a demonstration in the show.
This is a nod of his support toward MMA sport in Indonesia, as he adds that in order to be able to defend the country, one must first have the fighting spirit, sportsmanship value, as well as valor.
As for the referee team, FOMMI will have a team consisted of senior key names, such as Surya Saputra, Suryadi Gunawan, Dedi Wigraha, Denny Pajauw, Budi Setiawan, and Maurice Sihombing. All of them acquired their certificate from MMA Organization from Japan, Pride Fighting Championship, and each has rich experiences in national scale events.