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ONE straw-weight belt on line


Publication date
22 May 2015 | 06:39 ICT

Reporter : Joe Curtin

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Thailand’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke has his arm raised after defeating the Philippines’ Rene Cataln at ONE: Warrior’s Way on December 5, 2014. ONE

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will face Roy Doliguez for the inaugural ONE straw-weight belt at ONE: Warrior’s Quest at the Singapore Indoor Stadium tonight, as ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki puts his title on the line against number one contender Koji Ando in the main event.

Singapore flyweight Stephen Langdown faces veteran Chinese mixed martial artist A La Teng Hei, while Ariel Sexton and Eddie Ng in a lightweight contest. Amir Khan and Shannon Wiratchai meet in a much anticipated matchup.

Amnuaysirichoke, of Singapore’s respected Evolve gym, is a Muay Thai world champion currently undefeated in MMA, with four victories. He has received the highest accolades in Muay Thai, being a three-time Lumpinee Stadium champion, Thailand’s national champion and the Omnoi Stadium champion, and he holds a 282-65 record in the discipline.

Muay Thai is one of the most widely used skill bases in modern mixed martial arts.

Known as a technical fighter with quick hands and lightning feet, Amnuaysirichoke has some of the most unique and creative striking combinations in Muay Thai. His transition to ONE Championship gave him an opportunity to potentially achieve as much success in mixed martial arts.

He burst onto the scene last year and finished all four of his opponents convincingly. Amnuaysirichoke now drops a division to strawweight with the opportunity to be crowned the champion in the division.

The Philippines Roy Doliguez boasts riding a 6-1 record. Considered one of the best strawweights in Asia, Doliguez strengthened that postion by avenging the only loss of his career. Doliguez is also a professional boxer with more than 40 professional boxing bouts.

This bout will feature two contrasting striking styles and it will be interesting to see who triumphs and walks away with the ONE strawweight belt.

Stephen Langdown, with two wins and one defeat, is a pro fighter from Singapore. One of the brightest prospects in the country, Langdown has proven his success inside the ONE Championship cage. Tonight he gets to showcase his skills once again in front of 12,000 fans in his home town.

A La Teng Hei Li is a Chinese mixed martial artist. He hails from inner Mongolia and grew up wrestling. A veteran of China’s mixed martial arts scene in, Hei Li now gets the opportunity to pit his skills against some of the best in the world in ONE Championship.

Hong Kong’s Eddie “The Magician” Ng is a lightweight with a 7-2 record who has dazzled in his multiple appearances in the ONE Championship cage. Ng has won four of his five bouts in ONE and returns to action after a one-year layoff determined to continue his ascent. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, Ng has never gone to a decision in his professional mixed martial arts career thanks to his exciting style.

Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton (9-3) is a Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt with an impressive record of eight wins and three losses. Born in Canada, he now lives in Costa Rica. His grappling skill have been evident in his victories, finishing opponents with a variety of submission moves.

Singapore’s Amir Khan (3-1) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt who has trained under the legendary Relson Gracie and has competitive wrestling and Muay Thai experience. With more than seven years of combat sports experience under his belt, Khan now takes on Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai, who also has a 3-1 record.

Wiratchai has showcased an aggressive, brawling style every time he has stepped into the ONE Championship cage, making him a favourite among fans, and tonight is sure to be no different. A practitioner of the Chinese martial art of Baguazhang, Wiratchai will once again look to exhibit the discipline in the thick of the MMA action.

The full card ONE: Warrior’s Quest will be shown this evening at the Irish Place #119 Street 110 from 6:15pm.

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