ONE Championship: Kaji Ebin ponders tough questions after another injury

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2019 02:59 PM
Kaji Ebin ponders tough questions after another injury
"This could be my last match at flyweight. If they give a go-signal to compete again, it’s in the bantamweight division. I’m planning to go back to the gym as soon as I heal and be given clearance to do physical activities." - Kaji Ebin (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Kaji "Alpha" Ebin faces some tough questions after re-injuring his shoulder at ONE: DAWN OF VALOR.

The Filipino succumbed to Indonesian National Wrestling Champion Eko Roni Saputra after he dislocated his shoulder at just 19 seconds of their clash last Friday, 25 October at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta Indonesia. 

Ebin was quick to score a leg kick in the opening seconds of round one, but a missed punch was all it took to dislocate his right shoulder, prompting referee Yoshenori Umeki to stop the match. 

Since his body has not taken to the flyweight division, he now has to decide where he will compete next.

"Losing is never a good feeling but it made me realize a lot of things," he said.

"This could be my last match at flyweight. If they give a go-signal to compete again, it’s in the bantamweight division. I’m planning to go back to the gym as soon as I heal and be given clearance to do physical activities."

This is the second time his shoulder gave out on him in the Circle. His debut against Akihiro "Superjap" Fujisawa at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR in April 2018 was cut short because of the same injury.

What frustrates Ebin is how ready he was to stand toe-to-toe with Saputra. 

"The game plan was to keep the fight on the feet and make it a striking battle, where I know I had an advantage," he said.

"I watched the replay. I know I mistimed the swing. I swung wrong with full power. I really prepared hard. I was confident that I could beat Saputra. But no matter how confident you are, if your body is not cooperating then it’s no use."

But if a move to the bantamweight division is not possible, Ebin may have other plans. 

"I really hope to fight again, but if not, the business world will always be waiting for me."

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