Khmer Times/Ismail Vorajee Thursday, 05 November 2015 8066 views

ONE Championship Returns With Kingdom of Khmer

Asian Mixed Martial Arts promotion ONE Championship announced its return to Cambodian shores with another night of mixed martial arts action in an event it has dubbed ONE: Kingdom Of Khmer, set to be staged at the Koh Pich Theatre on December 5 in Phnom Penh. 

At a press conference at Nagaworld on Thursday morning attended by dignitaries from across the Cambodian fight scene, CEO of ONE Championship Victor Cui stated, “ONE Championship continues its dedication to cultivating the sport of mixed martial arts in the Kingdom of Cambodia with another adrenaline-filled night of fights. Our last event in Phnom Penh was such a huge success, and it was truly an honor to witness the crowd cheering for our ONE Championship superstars. ONE: Kingdom of Khmer will be an epic night of action that fans will not want to miss.”

Hawaiian lightweight Lowen Tynanes has impressed in his time so far inside the ONE Cage, holding onto an undefeated record. He will face his next challenge in the event headliner against Russian Rasul Yakhyaev. Yakhyaev, who is making his ONE Championship debut, has racked up a stellar record of nine wins with only two defeats. 

Co-headlining is Japanese MMA wildcard Riku Shibuya, who will meet his Thai opponent Anatpong Bunrad in an intriguing encounter.Sam Ang Dun, winner of the featherweight tournament at ONE: Rise of The Kingdom last year, returns to the cage with a much anticipated matchup against compatriot Chan Rothana in a rematch of last year’s tournament final.

Rothana, who boasts a 3-1 record, was victorious in his last outing for ONE against Ramon Gonzales and will hope to continue his streak against his countryman. The two have met before, in the featherweight tournament final at ONE: Rise of The Kingdom – a bout which ended in controversy after Rothana was disqualified for an illegal head stomp. 

Chan Heng debuted for ONE Championship last year, falling short of victory in a bantamweight bout. A well-rounded fighter with a knack for submissions, Heng wants to show fans he has what it takes to be a force in his division. Heng now returns to the cage seeking redemption, this time against Mario Satya Wirawan.

Mario Satya Wirawan of Bogor, Indonesia is a former university football player who developed a passion for combat just a few years ago. Since then, he’s impressed crowds by showcasing his lightning quick strikes and ferocious combinations. With a newfound love for MMA, Wirawan looks for his first victory in ONE Championship against Chan Heng of Cambodia.

Chan Sam Art is a 24-year-old bantamweight prospect who will be fighting out of Cambodia Top Team. A solid striker, fans can expect his match with fellow Kun Khmer specialist Meas Meu to be an all-out war with a high chance of a highlight reel knockout. 

Unbeaten at two wins and no losses, Meas Meu made his ONE Championship debut a memorable one, submitting countryman Chan Heng via rear-naked choke. Meu’s victory was impressive, to say the least, and has earned him another stint inside the ONE Cage, this time against Chan Sam Art.

Local mixed martial arts sensation Tharoth Sam is no stranger to adversity inside the ONE Cage. Sam has a notable 2-1 record, with both of her victories coming impressively by technical submission. With lightning quick striking also embedded in her very core, Sam looks to show fans in attendance that she’s the real deal and can achieve much in this sport. Sam will get her chance to do just that against Jeet Toshi.
Toshi of Delhi, India is one of the most experienced female atomweights on the ONE Championship roster. A rose among a male-dominated sport in her homeland, Toshi is equipped with a complete skillset that consists of impeccable striking and hard-nosed grappling. Toshi will look to make her return to the ONE Cage a successful one.

Two other female Cambodian athletes, Eh Ya Nut and Vy Srey Chai, will also be facing each other in the ONE Championship cage. This will be Vy Srey Chai’s second ONE Championship fight after her first loss to Tharoth Sam September last year in ONE: Rise of The Kingdom, while Eh Ya Nut will be making her debut.

ONE Championship, headquartered in Singapore, regularly hosts Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia.


Tharoth Sam (R) will return to the cage at ONE: Kingdom of Khmer. Courtesy: ONE Championship



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