Aziz Calim Promises To Bounce Back After Coming Up Short In Bangkok

Filipino-Indonesian standout Aziz “The Krauser” Calim looks to make some major adjustments in his martial arts career after collecting his second loss since joining the stacked ONE Championship roster

Calim failed to make it two wins in a row after he suffered a first-round submission loss to Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada of Japan on the undercard of ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD at the Impact Arena last Friday, 16 August.

It was a match that Calim has prepared for months to make sure that he can continue where he left off after scoring an impressive submission victory over Adi Paryanto of Indonesia at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY last January. But the 21-year-old Han Academy product admits that he failed to execute his game plan last Friday and let his Japanese counterpart play his game.

“The game plan was to keep the fight on the feet and make it a striking battle where I know I had an advantage but unfortunately, the match went to the ground,” Calim shared.

“I was caught in a rear-naked choke. He was in mount and I was planning to escape but my defense had holes. That’s why he was able to take my neck and execute the choke.”

For Calim, he was not surprised with the arsenal of Sawada, who came into the match with tons of momentum, after dominating Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series with two consecutive first-round submission victories.

Moreover, he was more impressed how “Dragon Boy” executed his strengths that evening which made him realize the things that he needs to improve for the better of his career.

“Heading into this fight, I know that he’ll maximize his strengths against me,” Calim said.

“But on that night, that’s where I saw that he’s not just a strong wrestler, he also has great technique with his traps.”

Now back to the drawing board. Calim plans to make the changes as soon as possible and move on to his career, believing that better days are definitely ahead of him, knowing that he is just 21 years of age.

“Of course, losing is never a good feeling but if you look at the bright side, this match taught me many things, particularly on my skillset as an athlete. It will be a huge help as I go on with my career,” Calim said.

“I’m planning to go back to the gym as soon as possible, that’s how motivated I am at the moment to improve my game.”

Completely healthy at the moment, “The Kruiser” has also one wish that he hopes the big bosses of ONE Championshop grant him — to compete at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE in Manila this November.

“There’s still one event in Manila this November and I hope to be part of that card,” Calim said.

“I have a Filipino blood but I’ve never been to the Philippines, so that will be the best welcome party for me if my wish will be granted.”

Author: Fight Game Asia

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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