A Cambodian Mixed Martial Art’s duo will attempt to reverse the Kingdom’s slide in the cage as they make their return at ONE Championship MMA showpiece ONE: Visions of Victory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tonight.
In his next trip to the cage, Rin Saroth will battle Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman while Khon Sichan will square up against Indonesia’s Riski Umar.
Saroth is a 24-year-old prodigy who trains out of the Phnom Penh-based Cambodian Top Team.
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.
In the main event, Australia’s Reece McLaren will headline the card alongside home-town hero Gianni Subba.
McLaren was originally scheduled to challenge flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title belt on the same card, but the Brazilian champion was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.