There will be no titles on the line this Saturday when ONE Championship invades Indonesia for “Tribe of Warriors.”

However, that does not mean the importance of the event is any less.

In the headline fight, Luis Santos takes on Rafael Silva, while a former champion, Kotetsu Boku, battles Vincent Latoel in the co-main.

Before we get any further into the 10-deep fight card, let us take a look at those two bouts.

Santos (61-9-1) just might be the most experienced MMA fighter in the world. He challenged the unbeaten ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren for the title once before, but the contest was stopped after an eye poke. The planned rematch never got to the cage after issues with weighing in came up.

For Santos to remain in the thick of things – and possibly challenge for the middleweight title now that ONE has adopted new weight-cutting measures – he must figure out another veteran in Silva.

Nicknamed “The Machine,” Silva sports a 40-15 record. It is not too often in MMA these days where you see two fighters with over 100 career victories squaring off.

To say Silva is an underdog would be an understatement, but he does 22 submission wins. And when you have two guys go toe-to-toe inside a cage, all it takes is one slip and you can get caught.

Boku (23-10) sits in the same position as Santos, as the former titleholder is on a two-fight win streak and must avoid any letdown vs. Latoel (16-16-2). “No Face” lost the belt in 2013 to Shinya Aoki, but has gone a respectable 3-2 since.

At 38 years old, though, Boku needs to get it going now in hopes of wearing gold again. Latoel has finished 14 of his 16 career wins, splitting those evenly between knockouts and submissions.

The rest of the card should serve as another chance for younger stars to shine. Give ONE credit in that department, as they are not afraid to throw top prospects to the cage and see what they can do.

One of those is Angela Lee, who is just 19, but already owns a 4-0 record with all four wins coming via submission. Last year, she pulled off a Twister that set the online world on fire. “Unstoppable” will square off with Rebecca Heintzman this weekend.

The Alexandre Machado (7-1) vs. Marcin Prachnio (8-2) winner will make a good impression among matchmakers in Asia, allowing that fighter to continue his ascend up the ladder. The same can be said for the victor out of Andrew Leone (7-2) and Koetsu Okazaki (10-4-1).

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Dana Becker
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Dana Becker is an MMA reporter for The MMA Corner. Along with covering the sport, Dana is also a sports writer for a daily newspaper in Iowa, where he lives with his wife and two sons.