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Yodsanan Sityodtong TKOs Cambodia’s Khon Sichan at 3:44 in round 1 for a sensational victory. Reuters

Cambodian mixed martial artist Khon Sichan will make his long awaited return to the cage to face Indonesia’s Riski Umar at ONE: Visions of Victory in Kuala Lumpur’s Axiata Arena next month.

Sichan, a striking specialist with a dynamic martial arts background, is a former KWC 1 Flyweight Tournament Champion hailing from Siem Reap and he also sports a kun khmer record of 29-9-3 in addition to his ONE Championship record of 2-2.

In his last MMA outing in May 2016, Sichan had a brutal contest at ONE Championship’s historic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) showpiece at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

The PROKOUT Top Team and Team Phnom Penh MMA prospect was a late stand-in and went on to suffer a TKO first-round loss against Thailand’s Yodsanan “Little Tyson” Sityodtong.

A Sityodtong leveller flattened Sichan, as the Thai showcased his tremendous punching power with each strike. Drawing cheers from the home crowd after each successful blow, Sityodtong’s thunderous punches, kicks and knees proved too much for the Cambodian, who crumbled to the mat and was finished off minutes into the first.

Sichan also featured at December 2015’s ONE: Kingdom of Khmer showpiece in Phnom Penh. He was swiftly dispatched by compatriot Sim Bunsrun via an armlock in the first round.

Sichan, 30, now returns to the cage to face the rising Umar in a 62.5kg catchweight bout and will be eager to snap his losing streak.

Striking specialist “King Kong” Umar is a 25-year-old flyweight contender from Ternate, Indonesia. A muay Thai and taekwondo practitioner, Umar is unbeaten as a professional, honing his skills out of Bali MMA with other world-class talents.

In his most recent contest, he needed only one round to knock out Egi Rozten with punches. Training out of Bali, Indonesia, Umar is set to return for his third appearance inside the ONE cage.

In the main event of the evening, 29-year-old Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion, will next defend his title against Reece McLaren.

“Lightning” McLaren, 26, is a flyweight from Toowoomba, Australia, who sports a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and holds a BJJ record of 270-28-0. In the cage, he owns a professional record of 10-5.

McLaren made his ONE debut in 2015 with a spectacular submission victory over Mark Striegl and then followed up that win with a unanimous decision victory over the highly-regarded talent Muin Gafurov.

In December 2016, he challenged Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship, falling by a split decision. In his most recent bout, McLaren impressed in his flyweight debut, submitting top contender Anatpong Bunrad with a first round brabo choke.

Chatri Sityodtong, the chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It’s going to be a phenomenal year for martial arts in Malaysia, as ONE Championship continues to showcase Asia’s greatest cultural treasure on the global stage.

“Malaysia has an incredible group of talented athletes and it is our privilege to share their amazing stories.”

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