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Mtes Khmang targets Lethwei title

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Cambodia’s Pich Mtes Khmang will face-off against Vietnam’s Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat tonight in Myanmar. Courtesy WLC

Cambodian Top Team lightweight Pich Mtes Khmang will face-off against Vietnam’s Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, a Muay Thai Warrior and #1 lightweight in the country at this evening’s World Lethwei Championship: Mighty Warriors in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Speaking ahead of his impending bout, Mtes Khmang said he was envisioning victory.

“I’m really hungry for the WLC world title and standing in my way is my next opponent, said the 23-year old. “So I will do everything in my power to get that title shot. I want to bring gold back to Cambodia.”

In his last WLC appearance at last October’s WLC: Heartless Tigers, Mtes Khmang registered a win against Myanmar’s own Mite Yine. In what was an instant classic bout, Mtes Khmang won on the judges’ scorecards after a riveting clash.

WLC, the world’s largest bareknuckle fighting organization, is holding its first event of 2019 and will be the first time it hosts an event in the ancient royal city of Mandalay.

The main event will see the crowning of the first Light Welterweight World Lethwei Champion when current Light Welterweight Myanmar National Champion Saw Htoo Aung trade in his silver belt for an opportunity at the gold belt. His opponent will be Antonio Faria, who has already won two fights in World Lethwei Championship but will be moving up a weight class for this bout.

In the co-main event, Shwe Yar Mann takes on Sasha Moisa from the Ukraine. Shwe Yar Mann had an incredible 2018 where he went undefeated in 10 fights, while Moisa also had an incredible year winning two multi-men tournaments in Thailand.

WLC: Mighty Warriors will take place at Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium and will be broadcast live on Canal+ Sports at 6pm (Myanmar Time). The event will also be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT Pass for the first time as part of a multi-year broadcast partnership.

Chairman of World Lethwei Championship, U Zay Thiha, stated, “World Lethwei Championship is excited to bring its internationally recognised style of world-class lethwei action to Mandalay for the first time. Mandalay is a city steeped in history and it will be a treat to have World Lethwei Championship make history as the first time a sports event from Mandalay is broadcast around the world.”

World Lethwei Championship is based in Yangon, Myanmar and aims to package the historic traditions of the Burmese martial art of lethwei with cutting-edge technology in media and entertainment to provide fans with a night to remember.

Cambodians have featured regularly in past events, with female fighter Nou Srey Pov awarded the 2018 award for “Female Fighter Of The Year.”

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