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Cambodians envision victory

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Rin Saroth was outmuscled by Sunoto in his last bout at Jakarta’s ONE: Kings of Courage.​ Supplied

A pair of Mixed Martial Artists will attempt to reverse Cambodia’s slide in the cage as they make their return at ONE Championship showpiece ONE: Visions of Victory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9.

In his next trip to the cage, Saroth will battle Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman while Khon Sichan will square up against Indonesia’s Riski Umar.

Saroth, a 24-year-old who trains out of the Phnom Penh-based Cambodian Top Team, is a Kun Khmer specialist with over 130 Kun Khmer bouts to his name, with 110 wins.

After transitioning to the cage, he made it to the finals of the Khmer Warrior Championship (KWC), and displayed a fine performance in his ONE Championship debut back in December 2015, when he submitted fellow compatriot Mission Ali at ONE: Kingdom of Khmer.

Saroth was outmuscled by the hometown favourite Sunoto Peringkat in his last bout at Jakarta’s ONE: Kings of Courage in January.

Sunoto, in a comfortable position on the canvas, softened up Saroth with strikes before locking up an americana to force the tap mid-way through round two.

Meanwhile, Sichan, a striking specialist with a dynamic martial arts background, is a former KWC 1 Flyweight Tournament Champion hailing from Siem Reap and sports a ONE Championship record of 2W-2L.

In his last MMA outing in May 2016, Sichan had a brutal contest at ONE Championship’s historic event 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 the Cambodian, as the Thai showcased his tremendous punching power with each strike. 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.

Yesterday, ONE also announced additional signings to the ONE Super Series, which aims to provide the world’s best martial artists a global platform to showcase Asia’s striking arts such as Khun Khmer, Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, Kung Fu, wushu, sanda, silat, lethwei, and more.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “ONE Championship, the home of Martial Arts, proudly brings to you the world’s best strikers, showcasing their talent and skill in ONE Super Series. Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition. The major global combat sports organisations mostly focus on one type of martial art, be it boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts or Muay Thai. ONE Championship is the only global player to encompass all styles of martial arts. With ONE Super Series, ONE Championship is now the largest martial arts organisation in the world.”

ONE Super Series will launch in Manila, Philippines at ONE: Heroes Of Honor on April 20 with the promotion already signing up top talents including multiple-time Muay Thai world champions Petchboonchu FA Group, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, Yodcherry Sityodtong, as well as international superstar world champions Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca, Alain Ngalani, Regian Eersel, Sergej Maslobojev, and many others.

In their latest round of signings, ONE Super Series welcomes Muay Thai greats Tukkatatong Petpayathai and Lerdsila of Thailand, UK Muay Thai World Champion Panicos Yusuf of Cyprus, Stergus Mikkios of Greece, two-time It’s Showtime 70MAX world champion kickboxer Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, former WMC Intercontinental and WPMF World Champion Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexander of Brazil, Steve “The Smashing Machine” McKinnon and Daniel “The Rock” Dawson of Australia, Muay Thai kickboxer Enriko Kehl of Germany, former Lion Fight Muay Thai world lightweight champion Sergio Wielzen of Suriname, Tarik Khbabez of Morocco, Brad “Quake” Riddell of New Zealand, Matthew “Sobek” Semper of the United States, and former Lion Fight Lightweight World Champion Ognjen Topic of Serbia. Additional signings will be announced at a later date.

The ONE Super Series was designed to showcase the purest form of world-class striking across all of Asia’s major martial arts.

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