With six wins in his last seven fights, current ONE FC flyweight Kentaro Watanabe has proven himself to be a top fighter in his weight class.
Perhaps no fight better shows his ability to rise up against adversity than his most recent split-decision win over Kiyotaka Shimizu in Shooto last July after coming off a tough loss to Yosuke Saruta in his previous fight.
“I think I won the fight pretty convincingly, but I know I can definitely do better in my future bouts,” said Watanabe of his win over Shimizu. “I think I could have performed better in a few of the areas.”
Having been nearly a year since his win over Shimizu, Watanabe told MMAWeekly.com that he’s further refined his game and added new elements to it as he prepares for his ONE FC debut on Saturday.
“I’ve rounded off my game and added in a few new skills and developments,” said Watanabe.
When Watanabe (10-4) steps into the ONE FC ring for the first time in Jakarta, Indonesia, he’ll be facing promotional veteran Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio (5-2) in a feature flyweight bout.
“Geje is a good fighter,” said Watanabe. “He is very popular in this part of Asia and I can see why. He puts on exciting fights.
“I think our styles will match well and we will put on a good show, but I believe I am more well-rounded than he is and I can do more things.”
A win over Eustaquio would definitely put Watanabe in the mix for a flyweight title shot, which is exactly what he has in mind.
“The end goal is to become ONE FC flyweight champion,” he said. “So I need to get a winning streak going and beat the top contenders in ONE FC.”