The General Chairperson of PB Pertacami, Tommy Paulus Hermawan, looked happy to welcome the arrival of Viona Amalia et al at Soekarno-Hatta Tangerang Airport, Banten, Monday (11/12/203)
The General Chairperson of the Indonesian Mixed Fighting Association (PB Pertacami), Tommy Paulus Hermawan, looked happy to welcome the arrival of Viona Amalia et al at Soekarno-Hatta Tangerang Airport, Banten, Monday (11/12/203). Understandably, Viona succeeded in making Indonesia proud by winning a gold medal at the 2023 GAMMA World MMA Championships.
In the final match in the 47.6kg class for Female Stricking MMA, Sunday (10/12/2023), Viona succeeded in overthrowing a fighter from China, Gao Huan Jun, by winning by a landslide. “I didn’t expect to be able to win gold and raise the Red and White at the 2023 Mixed Martial Arts World Championships in Bangkok. And, I don’t feel like my right hand was injured due to being too full of power when I threw a punch at my opponent’s face,” said Viona, recalling the hard fight in the final.
Tommy Paulus said that PB Pertacami was not actually targeting gold at the 2023 GAMMA World MMA Championships. However, unexpectedly, Viona actually gave a surprise by winning a gold medal while also flying the Red and White at the event held by the International Federation Global Mixed Martial Arts.
“This achievement is not easy to achieve, especially since the participants come from 35 countries and PB Pertacami was only founded in 2023,” said Tommy Paulus.
Hearing Viona’s admission of injury, Tommy Paulus Hermawan immediately ordered the management to take her to the hospital immediately and not to let her return until she received treatment and treatment. “Viona cannot return to her home area of Slawi if she has not received special treatment. That is PB Pertacami’s responsibility,” he added.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of PB Pertacami, Peter Taslim, said that the 2023 Bangkok Mixed Martial Arts World Championship was indeed very tight. Two big mixed sports powers, namely China, which qualified with 12 finalists, only won 7 gold and Kazakhstan with 11 finalists won 8 gold and became the overall champion.
“Indonesia, which sent 6 athletes, succeeded in qualifying 2 athletes in the final,” said Peter Taslim.
Another Indonesian fighter, Toni Kristian Hutapea, won silver in the 52.2Kg Men Elite Stricking MMA class after losing on points in the final to the representative of Kazakhstan, Kairat Zharzhanov. “Yes, I have tried my best but I have to admit my opponent’s superiority. And, I am satisfied with the silver medal,” said Toni Kristian Hutapea.
Even though it has only just been established, a series of achievements have been achieved by Indonesian mixed sports. Previously, Indonesia won 1 silver and 3 bronze at the 2023 Asian MMA Championship in Bangkok and won 1 bronze at the 2023 World Junior MMA Championship in Greece.
Regarding the mixed sports that will be contested at the 2025 Thailand SEA Games, Tommy Paulus Hermawan hopes that the Indonesian Olympic Committee (NOC Indonesia) will immediately process PB Pertacami’s membership. “We really hope that PB Pertacami can be accepted as a KOI member so that it can strengthen the Indonesian contingent at the 2025 SEA Games in Thailand. The potential for mixed sports athletes is quite large and we have proven it,” said Tommy Paulus Hermawan.
“PB Pertacami will soon set up a special training camp for mixed martial arts sports. They must be handled specifically and professionally so they can continue to raise the Red and White in the international arena,” he added.