Rothana on Manila card
Mixed Martial Arts behemoth ONE Championship has announced a packed fight card for April’s ONE: Kings of Destiny, which will take place at the 20,000-capacity Mall of Asia Arena in Manila – and the kingdom’s fight fans will be pleased to learn a Cambodian name is on the fight card once more.
Chan Rothana, a bantamweight fighter from Phnom Penh’s Selapak fight school is a 31-year-old Khun Khmer and Yuthakhun Khom practitioner who transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2014 and has quickly become among the strongest Cambodian talents in the MMA cage.
He currently sports a 4-2 professional MMA record which includes one submission victory and three wins by knockout. Known as a devastating and relentless striker, Rothana has won two of his last three bouts. He returns to the ONE Championship cage against Chinese standout Xie Bin.
19-year-old Xie is one of the most talented young fighters to come out of Tianjin.
He started off his mixed martial arts career with a victory over compatriot Ma Shuang and has since gone 2-2 as a professional. In his last fight, Xie outworked hard-hitting Indonesian fighter Mario Satya Wirawan to win via three-round unanimous decision.
Rothana will be looking for redemption after being on the wrong end of a decision in his last bout – an August 2016 clash against Chinese bantamweight Ma Hao Bin at ONE: Heroes of the World.
Ma, 22 years old and still undefeated in three fights, overcame Rothana despite being the more conservative of the pair and was awarded a three-round unanimous decision that was widely applauded by the Chinese fans in attendance at The Venetian Theater in Macau.
Rothana however, was the clear aggressor and owned the striking edge throughout the contest.
But it seems Ma’s superior wrestling skills proved enough. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Ma as Rothana went down to only his second MMA loss.
Rothana, speaking after the fight, felt he had done enough to win the bout but was eager to not let the loss get him down.
“I thought I was better than my opponent, as I was more aggressive while he was more hesitant in attacking. I wasn’t ever really hurt,” he said.
“It was a tough fight and he’s a great fighter but I thought I had the edge. Disappointing but I won’t let this knock my confidence and look forward to stepping back in the cage with the same or any other opponent.”
Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City will put his ONE Lightweight World Championship title on the line against Malaysian prodigy Ev Ting, living and training out of Auckland, New Zealand
Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “In addition to the highly anticipated matchup between local hero Eduard Folayang and top lightweight Ev Ting, ONE Championship has confirmed a handful of compelling bouts between Asia’s top superstars set to take place inside the ONE cage on fight night.
Fans will not want to miss all the action that goes down in Manila, as we are already gearing up for an absolutely electrifying evening of world-class mixed martial arts.”
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