Muay Thai star Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex headlines ONE's December card in Kuala Lumpur
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2018 10:14 AM
(Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)KUALA LUMPUR - The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), is once again set to electrify the bustling Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur with authentic world-class martial arts. The absolute best in local and international martial arts talent is set to take the ONE Championship cage. The Axiata Arena will play host to ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, scheduled for Friday, 7 December. In the main event, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex of Thailand takes on Luis Regis of Australia in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.
Ticket information for ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS is available at www.onefc.com.
Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex is one of the most popular and accomplished strikers in the world. Born in Northeast Thailand, Yodsanklai won close to 200 professional bouts against many fellow Muay Thai legends. In the process, he captured several prestigious titles, including three Lumpinee Stadium World Championships, two Lion Fight World Championships, two WMC World Championships, and a WBC World Title. The lure of testing his skills amongst the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series has drawn him to ONE Championship, and he now finds himself competing on the toughest proving ground of martial arts competition. The legendary warrior now looks to continue his dominance in the ONE Championship arena. He returns to action against Luis Regis.
Luis Regis is one of the most prolific Muay Thai athletes and practitioners from Australia. He is not only a tough competitor, but also responsible for guiding prospective Muay Thai athletes as a coach. Over the course of his professional career, Regis has captured multiple Muay Thai titles including the IKBF Commonwealth Championship, Australian Championship, IKBF East Coast Championship, and the NSW Championship, among others. Regis is highly-technical in his approach, often emphasizing sound striking techniques to enhance his power. He also constantly travels between Australia and Thailand, sharpening his skills in his continuous learning journey. He now joins ONE Super Series and will take on the legendary Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in his promotional debut.
Former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger Agilan Thani is one of the most remarkable athletes Malaysia has ever produced. Ever since making his debut as an amateur, the man they call “Alligator” has torn through the competition. Unbeaten as an amateur, Thani captured a Malaysian national championship before turning professional, winning six bouts in a row on the global stage of ONE Championship to earn a shot at the title. The top contender trains daily at Monarchy MMA in Kuala Lumpur but also regularly travels to the United States to sharpen his skills at the world-famous Team Quest. His next opponent is Kiamrian Abbasov.
A Prime Selection GP Welterweight Champion, Kiamrian Abbasov was raised by a single mother in his hometown of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital city. There, Abbasov began his martial arts journey with Greco-Roman wrestling, and later added boxing to his arsenal. After building a capable all-round game, Abbasov felt he was ready for a new challenge when he was 18 years old, and set his sights on competing in the cage. He would prove to be a talented prospect, and strung together four victories to begin his professional career. Early in his career, he won two tournament championships, including a one-night tournament in December 2016, where he beat three different men in one night. Today, he is one of Kyrgyzstan’s top martial arts athletes. He finds his way back to the ONE cage against Agilan Thani.
A Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion Daichi Takenaka grew up in Osaka, Japan. He began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after discovering it by playing video games. Not long after, he made his professional debut and won a Shooto rookie tournament in just his third appearance. From that point on, Takenaka has been unstoppable. He rattled off nine consecutive wins with six stoppages, five of those inside the opening stanza, to make it to the global stage of ONE Championship. Takenaka remains undefeated in his career and will return to action against Kevin Chung.
Multiple-time BJJ Gold Medalist Kevin Chung’s first exposure to martial arts was taekwondo, and he later added wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to his arsenal when he was in high school. Training under the esteemed Leo Dalla in Virginia, Chung began competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments, and realized he wanted to test his skills in mixed martial arts as well. After a handful of amateur bouts, he then made his professional debut in 2015 just after turning 22, rattling off four consecutive victories. Chung became one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the United States, and has spent time at many top American gyms, including with ONE Middleweight & Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang at Crazy 88 Jiu-jitsu. He now faces Daichi Takenaka in his next outing.
Gianni Subba has forged a reputation as one of the most exciting talents to watch in the ONE cage. He spent his childhood growing up in both Hawaii and his mother’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, but he left at the age of 16 to finish his education in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in the United States, he learned to wrestle. In 2010, he decided to move back to Malaysia in order to pursue his dreams as a professional mixed martial artist. Since then, he has defeated several former world title challengers to cement his place at the top of a stacked flyweight division. He takes on Ma Hao Bin in his next assignment.
China’s “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin hails from Jingdezhen in Jiangxi. A lifelong fan of martial arts, Ma was introduced to wrestling in 2005, and has experienced great success. After becoming a national wrestling champion, he made his professional mixed martial arts debut on the very day he turned 22 years old, and celebrated in style by submitting two separate opponents in the opening round to win the ONE Changsha Bantamweight Tournament. Since then, the young Chinese sensation has been on a stellar run, racking up several wins in a row over tough opponents from all around the world. He now faces tough Malaysian adversary Gianni Subba.
Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi was born in Tokyo, and started learning karate at the age of six because she wanted to be like action star Jackie Chan. She went to school in Los Angeles, and growing up, she divided her time between Japan and the United States. After moving back to Japan, she made her professional martial arts debut in 2007, and two years later she won a four-woman tournament to become the Valkyrie Featherweight Champion. In 2015, Yamaguchi claimed the second championship of her veteran career, beating three tough opponents to win the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Grand Prix and the belt. After a storied career, she finally made her way to ONE Championship. Yamaguchi now faces Jomary Torres.
Top Filipino mixed martial arts talent Jomary Torres is from Sindangan, in the Zamboanga del Norte province of the Philippines. With an impressive start to her professional career, Torres currently sharpens her skills under the watchful eye of famed Wushu World Champion, ONE veteran Rene Catalan. Torres is riding a wave of momentum, having railed off four straight wins to start off her career, including three inside the ONE cage. Though her latest outing resulted in a minor setback, Torres is determined to reestablish herself as one of the top competitors in the women’s atomweight division. She takes on veteran Mei Yamaguchi next.
Former Wushu World Champion and MIMMA Women's Champion Jihin “Shadowcat” Radzuan is one of the finest female martial artists to emerge from Malaysia. Her first exposure to martial arts was a brief stint training in silat when she was six years old. She soon discovered Ultimate MMA Academy, and after just three months of training, she competed in Muay Thai for the first time. Driven by a hunger to compete, she followed that up with bouts in wushu, BJJ, kickboxing, and boxing, capturing a wushu world championship along the way. She joined ONE Championship in March 2018, and has since put together two impressive victories. Radzuan resumes her ascent through the ranks by facing Jenny Huang.
Former ONE Women's Atomweight World Title challenger Jenny Huang first took up taekwondo at the age of eight and later started training in judo at the age of 12, earning her black belt just four years later. She inevitably began training in other disciplines. In 2015, Huang made a successful professional cage debut, and caught the attention of ONE Championship. Since joining the promotion, Huang has registered many spectacular stoppage wins. This includes a Submission of the Year 2016 victory via gogoplata, which earned her a shot at Angela Lee’s world title in 2017. She now returns to face Jihin Radzuan.
Cambodian-American prospect Savannah Em of Long Beach, California is an up-and-coming professional mixed martial artist. Em was introduced to martial arts in 2012, initially training in boxing and jiu-jitsu. Since then she has increased her wide array of skills to include wrestling, judo and Pradal Serey -- an ancient martial art from the kingdom of Khmer. With an aggressive striking style and fluid grappling techniques, Em reveals she is excited to compete for Asia’s top organization. Em is set to make her ONE Championship debut against Iryna Kyselova.
Iryna Kyselova first became interested in martial arts at eight years old after watching it on television, and immediately signed up to take judo classes. Driven by a competitive fire, she trained with the boys at her club, and went on to participate in many other sports, including Muay Thai, boxing, and wrestling. She made her professional debut in 2013 and experienced instant success to start her career. She joined ONE Championship in March 2018, and has looked to make a definitive impact in her division. Kyselova will face Savannah Em next.
Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Mahmoud is a professional martial artist from Malaysia set to make his ONE Super Series debut. The 22-year-old went undefeated as an amateur, before turning professional, amassing a 50-7 record. Along the way, Mahmoud has won multiple titles, including the PLG Tournament Championship and MuayFight Championship, among others. He now finds his way to the bright lights of ONE Championship and looks to make a name for himself amongst the world’s best strikers. In his first outing for the promotion, Mahmoud takes on Stergos Mikkios.
Proudly representing Sityodtong Global is Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, who has won numerous Muay Thai titles in the United States including Triumph Kombat, AKBF, and Friday Night Fights championships. Although he only started training in Muay Thai six years ago, it soon became his passion and purpose in life. He even quit his job, sold most of his possessions, and moved to Thailand to train and compete full time. Today, he is a prominent fixture in ONE Super Series. He faces Mohammed Mahmoud in his next outing.
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