MMA fighters ready to rule the cage as ONE returns to Kingdom

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Lowen Tynanes (left) and Rasul Yakhyaev face off at the ONE: Kingdom of Khmer weigh-in yesterday. Sreng Meng Srun

MMA fighters ready to rule the cage as ONE returns to Kingdom

The long wait for the Kingdom’s mixed martial arts fans is finally over today as the ONE Championship juggernaut rolls back into Phnom Penh, with the fighters ready to showcase their skills in ONE: Kingdom of Khmer, what promises to be an adrenaline-fuelled fight night.

ONE Championship, Asia’s largest MMA organisation announced last night that all the fighters competing at Kingdom Of Khmer have made weight and are ready for the action, which takes place at the
Koh Pich Theater.

Ten high-octane fights promise to offer a hugely exciting experience for fight fans when the card gets under way at 6pm this evening.

For the main event, the unbeaten Lowen Tynanes of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and Rasul Yakhyaev of Grozny, Russia, both successfully weighed in at the lightweight limit and are set to ignite the action. In this headline fight, former wrestler Tynanes, 25, is eager to continue his unbeaten run as well as to give fans a thrilling show.

“It is such an honour to visit the beautiful country of Cambodia and to fight for all the fans here. Getting to experience the culture and see the sights is something I’ll never forget,” Tynanes (7-0) of Hawaii Elite MMA said. “I am a bit tired because of the time difference but I am ready to go inside the cage and do what I do best. I know my opponent is really tough, but I’m confident that my skills will be more than enough to handle whatever he brings to the table.”

His opponent Yakhyaev, 24 and out of Fight Club Berkut said: “The opportunity to fight Lowen Tynanes is huge and one that I simply could not pass up. He is an amazing fighter, with great wrestling and MMA skills.”

Yakhyaev with a 9-2 record continued: “I am happy to be able to test myself against one of the sport’s best fighters. I vow to win tomorrow night, and bring the glory of victory back home to Russia!”

In the co-main fight of the night, Malaysian MMA fighter Gianni Subba (6-1) will also be out to stretch his winning record when he meets Anatpong Bunrad (5-1) of Thailand in a flyweight bout.

“I train all year round and I am always in decent shape. I took this fight against Bunrad because I wanted to test myself against the best in the division and also to prove that Malaysians can fight at a high level,” Subba said.

Tenacious local fighter Chan Heng (8-2) will get his first chance to showcase his skills on the international stage when he fights Indonesian fighter Mario Satya Wirawan (4-2) in a bantamweight bout.

Chan Ratana, who fights out of Phnom Penh’s Selapak gym will be out for payback after he lost at ONE: Rise of the Kingdom on September 12 last year, having been controversially disqualified for an illegal stomp against compatriot Sam Ang Dun, when the two meet in the headline event of local talent.

“I am well prepared after training very hard. Now I hope I can salvage what I lost, and I have my tactics to hold off my opponent’s strengths. I know he is strong at punching but I I have my own skills to counter that,” Ratana (3-1) told the Post.

His opponent, Prey Veng’s Sam Ang Dun (5-2) said: “I feel very happy that I have chance to showcase my abilities and skills again in an event as big as ONE Championship. I have trained very hard and I am ready for the fight. I respect my opponent because he is very strong but I think I can beat him with my punching power.

Among the other Cambodian fighting tonight, bokator practioner “Little Frog” Tharoth Sam (2-1), will clash with Indian female star Jeet Toshi (2-2), while Meas Meu (2-0) takes on ONE debutant Chun Samart, in clashes that are sure to get the home crowd cheering wildly.

Tickets are available at NagaWorld, and the fight will be broadcast live on CTN.

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