Jeka Saragih motivated by doubt from home fans in Indonesia before win at UFC Fight Night 232

LAS VEGAS – Jeka Saragih beat Lucas Alexander with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 232 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Saragih, who got his first win in the UFC after a loss in his February promotional debut.

Lucas Alexander vs. Jeka Saragih

Result: Jeka Saragih def. Lucas Alexander via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:31
Updated records: Saragih (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Alexander (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Key stats: Saragih has 13 of his 14 wins by stoppage and handed Alexander the first knockout loss of his career.

Saragih on the fight's key moment

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (R-L) Jeka Saragih of Indonesia battles Lucas Alexander of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (R-L) Jeka Saragih of Indonesia battles Lucas Alexander of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I made (being an underdog) as a motivation. It’s not just about the (odds) or something like that. All my friends, most of my friends in the village, and my family, too – they don’t think about me. They doubt an Indonesian fighter can get a win in the UFC. But I don’t care about that. I just made it as a motivation for me.”

Saragih on winning for Indonesia

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (R-L) Lucas Alexander of Brazil punches Jeka Saragih of Indonesia in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (R-L) Lucas Alexander of Brazil punches Jeka Saragih of Indonesia in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I’m happy about my win, but this is a long journey for me. I lost my last fight. I learned from the mistake, then I had to do a long training camp, almost five months. I left all of my family, my friends in the village. I really miss them, but I needed a lot of effort to make my debut.”

Saragih on what he wants next

“Yeah. First of all, I just want to go home to see my family, my son and my parents first. If you ask about when I’m going to fight again, you can ask my manager or my coach.”

To hear more from Saragih, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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