ONE FC Featherweight title fight analysis: Koji Oishi vs Jadamba Narantungalag

ONE FC Champ Koji Oishi vs Jadamba Narantungalag
ONE FC Champ Koji Oishi vs Jadamba Narantungalag

One FC Featherweight Champion Koji Oishi makes his second title defense on August 29, 2014 when he goes toe-to-toe with Mongolia’s top featherweight Jadamba Narantungalag at One FC 19 – Reign of Champions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Oishi is one of the most seasoned veterans in the One FC featherweight division today with over 40 fights, only behind Harris Sarmiento who has 62 professional MMA bouts. He has been in some of the toughest fights in the past with many of the best fighters in the globe.

Despite his age age of 37, Oishi proved that he’s still got it in him when he dethroned Honorio Banario to become the new Featherweight Champ last May of 2013 at One FC 9. Despite nearly getting stopped by the Filipino in the opening round, Oishi showed his toughness and experience as he survived Banario’s onslaught and went on to put him to sleep in the second.

Banario asked for a rematch and Oishi agreed to it, so both guys locked horns again at One FC 13 last December.

Oishi continued to impress One FC fans as he knocked the former champion out yet again, this time in the third round, which validated that his first win against Banario was not a fluke.

So what makes Oishi the toughest guy on the featherweight roster? Despite of having close to perfection boxing and timing, his experience is one of his greatest advantages over the other 145 pounders in One FC.

I mean, this guy has fought around the world for 14 years and conquered some of the toughest battles any fighter could ever imagine inside the cage or a ring.

Oishi isn’t that good of a grappler; in fact, he is still looking forward to scoring his first-ever career win by submission. But make no mistake about the champion. He’s got decent takedown defense and impeccable timing. Plus, this guy’s endurance is unbelievable. There hasn’t been a moment in his career when he looked gassed. He always works hard on his cardio and even at the age of 37, he still pushes his body to the limit.

It’s just so unfortunate that in spite of keeping the belt around his waist by displaying his punching power twice against Banario, people still criticize him for being not as active as compared to other featherweights out there and that he’s not going to keep the title for long by fighting that way.

But the good thing about Oishi, he doesn’t let negative things affect him and his preparations for this fight against Jadamba. He handles the criticism very well – he knows that his ability to either stand and bang or be cautious and technical is what has made him one of the best on the planet. No matter what his haters may say, at the end of the day, he is still the One FC champ and will try to keep it that way until he retires.

Jadamba, on the other hand, surprised a lot of spectators when he defeated Banario last May in his One FC debut and his first time as a featherweight.

Despite of being out for almost a year due to a severe broken foot, the Mongolian fighter utilized his crisp striking against the former featherweight champion and defeated him via unanimous decision. He still looked sharp and powerful considering the fact that it was his first time fighting at 145.

Jadamba is a K-1 and Sengoku veteran known for his explosiveness and athleticism. The former Legend FC Lightweight king has phenomenal wrestling that if combined with his aggressive striking, is an unstoppable force inside the cage.

This fight is one of the most highly anticipated fights ever in Asian MMA, and arguably the world. Oishi looks for his third straight win in the One FC and aims to keep his belt against the always dangerous and super tough Mongolian challenger. This fight won’t go the distance, that’s for sure.

It’s going to be Oishi’s accurate power punches and timing versus Jadamba’s kickboxing and explosive takedowns. Don’t blink. You don’t want to miss any of what these guys are going to throw at each other.