Rosauro targets crown in Thailand

ROEL Rosauro looks for his first ONE Championship victory on Friday night, Jan. 10, 2020, as he takes on Indonesian veteran Yohan Mulia Legowo in the curtain-raiser of ONE Championship - “A New Tomorrow” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rosauro made his debut in the biggest MMA organization in Asia in 2018 and so far hasn’t found any success, losing both his fights in the ONE Championship cage.

Rosauro lost his first fight for the organization with a quick opening round guillotine submission at the hands of Li Kai Wen on Feb. 23, 2018. He followed it up with a unanimous decision loss to Sunoto three months later.

Rosauro, a native of Camotes, hopes to turn his career around against Legowo, who’s also on a losing streak

“We are a hundred percent confident but you can never be too confident because MMA is very unpredictable. Anything can happen in one round,” Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu founder and CEO Benigno “Ekin” Cañiga told SunStar Cebu.

The 39-year-old Legowo has lost his last four fights. His latest loss was a first round stoppage to Phoe Thaw, a striker like Rosauro.

“We want to dictate the fight and strike with him. We don’t want it to go to the ground because he’s a grappler,” said Cañiga. “We want to look for the right timing and go for the kill.”

Legowo is a ONE Championship veteran with seven fights in the organization since 2014. His only win in the organization was a first round guillotine choke of Mario Wirawan.

“We have to look out for him on the ground. However, if it goes to the ground, ‘Aki’ (Rosauro) isn’t going to get beaten easily,” Caniga said of Rosauro, who has vastly improved his ground game by competing in local and regional Brazilian Jiujitsu tournaments.

The 31-year-old Rosauro is 4-3, while Legowo is 8-8.

The main event features, Rodtang Jitmuangnon defending his ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight belt against Jonathan Haggerty. (EKA)