Filipino-Indonesian Standout Aziz Calim Ready To Collect His Second Straight Win This 2019

Filipino-Indonesian strawweight Aziz “The Krauser” Calim looks to capture his first winning streak in ONE Championship when he competes in Bangkok this coming Friday, 16 August to face another stiff test in his quest to mixed martial arts supremacy.

Calim looks to make it two wins in a row as he is scheduled to go toe-to-toe against Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada of Japan on the undercard of ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD at the Impact Arena.

Born and raised in Saudi Arabia and now currently based in Indonesia, Calim doesn’t have any plans of wasting his impressive start this year as he looks to position himself in the stacked strawweight rankings.

“I’m really excited for this match. I trained hard because I want to pick up on where I left off this year. Of course, there are nerves but I’m ready,” Calim said.

“I feel blessed with the opportunities that continue to swing my way.”

Starting his career in The Home of Martial Arts on the wrong foot as he collected a second-round submission loss to Adrian “Papua Badboy” Matheis at ONE: WARRIORS DREAM in Indonesia last November, The 21-year-old Han Academy representative bounced back quickly, proving that he deserves his spot in the largest martial arts organization in the world.

At ONE: ETERNAL GLORY in Jakarta last January, Calim dominated Adi Paryanto of Indonesia en route to a first-round rear-naked choke victory.

It was the win Calim was looking to start his groove rolling now that he is already in the big league. The win also displayed his potential and gave him the confidence he needs as he goes on in his young career.

“My first two matches were huge, especially my win last January because it only built my confidence that I belong here, and I saw things that I can use particularly this Friday against Sawada,” Calim said.

“But more than that, it helped me as a person. It showed me the things that I need to do in order to reach more in martial arts. To strive more because I’m competing in ONE Championship now.

But despite having his confidence scorching, Calim refuses to look past his next opponent who has all the tools to stop his momentum under the ONE Championship banner.

“Dragon Boy” was one of the stars of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series (OWS), and is now ready to show the world he is ready for the global stage. The 23-year-old from the Meguro district of Tokyo exploded into OWS with two first-round submission finishes last year.

In his last outing, Sawada graduated in ONE Championship’s developmental league after scoring a first-round submission win over Ismael Bandiwan of the Philippines at ONE Warrior Series 3 last October.

“Sawada is a well-rounded athlete. He can hang in the stand-up game but he prefers the ground game. He’s always looking for a takedown and he’ll try to submit you if he can. For me his main strength is his ground game,” Calim assessed.

Despite the tough challenge waiting for him, Calim promises to be prepared and continue his impressive showing this 2019.

“There is no easy match and that’s why I’m really striving for this, to showcase my full potential in the match. I believe in my skills and I know I can get my second straight win this Friday.”

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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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