Peng Xue Wen Aiming for a Knockout Win Against Fellow Grappler Stefer Rahardian

Chinese grappler Peng Xue Wen will be stepping into enemy territory when makes his next entrance to the ONE Championship cage.

The 22-year-old Chinese standout will be sharing the cage against Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian in the co-main event of ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES on Saturday, 22 September at the Jakarta Convention Center.

It is bound to be another tough test for the Chinese Wrestling Silver Medalist, who iz keen on continuing his momentum on the ONE Championship stage,

In his previous outing, Peng scored a 57-second knockout victory over Malaysian stalwart Eddey Kalai, a two-time Southeast Asian Games medalist for boxing.

It was a testament to Peng’s ever-improving skills as a complete mixed martial artist.

A former Chinese Greco-Roman wrestling champion with an impressive 56-4 record on the mats, Peng is primarily known for his elite-level grappling, but he displayed topnotch striking skills against a decorated boxer in Kalai.

“I have been working on my skills all the time. I want to be a great mixed martial artist,” Peng said on the official ONE Championship website.

Now, Peng is looking to pull off a repeat performance against a tough opposition such as Rahardian.

“As soon as I got the news that I could compete in Jakarta, I got excited,” he shared. “I am ready!”

Against Rahardian, Peng will be facing a well-rounded competitor who has found success via Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Rahardian, the ONE Jakarta Flyweight Tournament Champion, has a knack for scoring submission wins, but Peng believes that it is hardly a cause for concern.

“He is a great fighter,” Peng explained. “He is a Jiu-Jitsu player, but I don’t think it’s difficult to beat him.”

Rahardian, for his part, will be coming into the bout hungry for a win after coming up short in his most recent bout against Filipino flyweight contender Rene Catalan.

Peng is fully aware of what Rahardian’s advantages are, but he assured that once the cage door closes, it won’t be a factor.

“The biggest threat is that his Jiu-Jitsu is probably better than mine, and his experience is more abundant than mine, but that doesn’t matter,” he expressed confidently.

While Peng’s matchup with Rahardian is shaping up to be a grappler-versus-grappler contest, the 22-year old Zhongshan native already has a game plan in mind.

Looking to start a streak of knockout victories, Peng is eyeing a knockout victory against the hometown favorite.

“I will try to end the bout standing,” he vowed. “My strategy is to knock him out.”


Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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