Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter from Simalungun, North Sumatra, Jeka Saragih, made Indonesia proud by scoring an impressive victory on his debut at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Sunday (11/19/2023) morning local time. Jeka Saragih’s UFC debut took place against a fighter from Brazil, Lucas “The Lion” Alexander at the UFC Vegas 82 event which was held at UFC Apex, Nevada, United States.
Jeka is the first Indonesian fighter contracted by the UFC. This 28 year old man has five fights with the world renowned MMA organization. Amazingly, Jeka managed to win the fight in just 91 seconds against the Brazilian fighter.
The following is a summary of the news from Jeka Saragih’s debut victory:
Review of Jeka Saragih’s fight
Initial news about Jeka Saragih’s victory, a more complete description of the flow of the match can be seen in the news below. Unmitigated, Jeka was able to knock out Lucas Alexander in the first round with a right hand punch.
Jeka’s victory was thanks to prayer and was witnessed by Dustin Poirier According to Maruli Tampubolon, an MMA sports enthusiast who was present directly at the location, Jeka Saragih’s victory was the result of maximum preparation for the fight, coupled with the power of prayer. Moreover, Jeka managed to score a victory at the event entitled UFC Vegas 82 which was held at UFC Apex, Nevada, United States, in front of Dustin Poirier. The fighter titled The Diamond is one of the big names in the UFC who once won the organization’s interim lightweight title.
Jeka Saragih’s first words after becoming the winner.
After the match, an interesting moment was seen when Jeka Saragih wore the traditional Simalungun hat called Gotong. During an interview in the octagon after winning against Lucas, Jeka Saragih mentioned the services of the coaches who accompanied him to prepare him for his UFC debut. After this, Jeka Saragih revealed that he would return to his hometown of Simalungun, North Sumatra, to meet his family.
Performance of the Night Award for Jeka
Thanks to this quick victory, the UFC felt it was appropriate to give Jeka One of the “Performance of the Night” awards. The UFC Performance of the Night bonus is awarded to athletes who provide the best and most exciting individual performances at that night’s UFC event. Maruli Tampubolon’s report directly from UFC Apex stated that all the audience appreciated Jeka because he came as a non-seeded player.
Jeka silences criticism
According to Jeka, this victory silenced the slanted voices that came to him ahead of his UFC debut. Jeka admits that he is aware of the pressure he is under, but he feels that all pressure and obstacles are motivation for him, especially his last defeat. He also took the time to thank the Indonesian people via the official Mola Sport Instagram