Indonesia’s Jeremy “Predator” Meciaz heads into this weekend’s ONE: TOTAL VICTORY event in Jakarta with a simple maxim: win.
The 25-year-old national grappling champion will make the second appearance of his professional martial arts career inside the ONE Championship cage, when he takes on Malaysia’s Asian boxing champion Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin in a featherweight tilt.
The fiercely proud Indonesian athlete says there is no way that he is going to accept anything other than victory on Saturday Night, 16 September, in front of his fellow countrymen.
“Competing in Indonesia means I have more responsibility than in another country. And a bit more pressure,” he explains. “I will never give up in this bout. I will not tap out. I would rather die than lose here in Indonesia.”
Meciaz comes from a family with significant history in martial arts. His great-grandfather studied judo under the legendary founder of the art, Jigoro Kano, and later played a key role in introducing the style to Central Java during World War II.
While his family hails from a range of different cultures, Meciaz says he is Indonesian through and through.
“We had mixed influences – Japanese, Chinese and Javanese,” he says. “But I am all about local wisdom. I am an all-Indonesia person.”
Meciaz’s bout at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY matches two top Asian martial artists— one grappler and one striker — who are looking to embark on successful new careers.
Both athletes face the challenge of having to broaden their skills under the bright lights of the ONE Championship cage. It is a steep learning curve, as both men are well aware – Meciaz and Samsudin lost their respective debuts under the ONE banner.
For Meciaz, his defeat to “Rock Man” Chen Lei at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES in May was a case of over-exuberance getting the better of him.
Meciaz flew into a wild battle with the Chinese combatant, including an early submission attack that nearly brought him a quick-fire win via heel hook.
However, Chen gamely battled out of the hold, and went on to finish the contest via TKO.
“I ran out of gas,” Meciaz admits. “I was too focused on his leg, and he was stronger than me.”
This weekend, one bout more seasoned and significantly wiser for the experience, Meciaz will not make the same mistake when he steps back into the cage to face a dangerous striker in Samsudin.
He even says he will be prepared to trade leather with the stand-up specialist in order to get the fight to the mat, where he can utilize his slick ground skills to take him to victory.
“I am not afraid to box,” Meciaz declared. “But If I can take him to the ground, I will, of course. I am already used to the crowd from my first match, so I do not think it will affect me this time.”