UFC Vegas 82: Jeka Saragih Gets First UFC Win for Indonesia, KOs Heavy Favorite Lucas Alexander

Jeka Saragih and Lucas Alexander, UFC Vegas 82
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)

Jeka Saragih and Lucas Alexander got into a quick scrap at UFC Vegas 82 and Saragih walked away with the knockout victory.

Saragih came into this fight on the back of his Road to UFC tournament performances, where he got to the finals after two spectacular finishes, before losing to Anshul Jubli in a final that doubled as their UFC debuts. Saragih sought his first win at UFC Vegas 82, which was a big deal as the first UFC fighter from a large nation, Indonesia. Lucas Alexander came in with other ideas and as a five-to-one favorite, but it was not to be for him. He looked to build off of his first UFC win which came in his second fight, against Steven Peterson.

Alexander had a height and reach advantage that was clear when the fight began; early on he used that to land leg kicks and fire occasional two or three punch combos. Saragih had trouble firing back and soon got trapped against the fence. Jeka caught a kick and used it to escape danger by dumping Lucas to the mat. Alexander used a leg lock attempt to stand back up but the moment he got to his feet Jeka Saragih lunged forward with a left hook that caught him unawares. Lucas Alexander fell back against the fence, unconscious instantly. Jeka got one more punch in before the referee stopped the fight.

With that, Jeka Saragih and the entire nation of Indonesia got their first win in the UFC octagon in spectacular fashion. For his post-fight interview, Saragih stated (through a translator) how he had been away from his family a lot as he trained in the United States but that he would be returning to his village in Indonesia to visit them and celebrate after this.

Official Result: Jeka Saragih def. Lucas Alexander by Knockout (left hook), Round 1, 1:31