MMA: Indonesian fighter seeks rematch with Edward Kelly


Posted at Jan 11 2017 09:31 PM

Edward Kelly (right) defeated Sunoto via referee stoppage in Manila in December. Handout photo

MANILA — Indonesia’s Sunoto said he wants to settle the score with Filipino warrior Edward Kelly who dealt him his only loss in 2016.

Sunoto, who is scheduled to fight in his hometown of Jakarta this Saturday, lost to Kelly via referee stoppage in ONE: Age of Domination last December.

“I want a rematch with Edward Kelly . . . I would like to redeem myself by facing him again,” Sunoto said.

Before Kelly rallied in the third frame, Sunoto was in control of the featherweight contest as he battered and maneuvered his Filipino foe effortlessly on the ground.

The tide changed in the last round when Kelly had a stand-up exchange and landed a thunderous body kick that sent Sunoto crumbling to the mat, giving him an opening to secure a full mount and finish the fight with a ground-and-pound.

“I was close to finishing Edward Kelly. I believe that I was winning on the judges’ scorecards as well. It was an unfortunate ending for me,” Sunoto said.

Sunoto promises a different outcome if he will be given a chance to square off with Kelly again.

“I have all the respect in the world for Edward. He's a good man and a good fighter, but I believe that I have a big shot at winning if there will be a rematch in the future,” he said.

Sunoto is booked to face hard-hitting Cambodian kickboxer Chan Heng in ONE: Quest for Power, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia this weekend.

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