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MMA federation drums up support

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The Cambodian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Federation held a press conference on Saturday to drum up support for Cambodian fighters representing the Kingdom in international competition.

The meeting was chaired by Vath Chamroeun, president of the Cambodian Mixed Martial Arts Federation and general secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

Mr. Chamroeun was speaking at a press conference at the NOCC alongside, Selapak’s Chan Rothana, and Cambodian Top Team duo Sok Thy and Nou Srey Pov, all of whom are set to represent Cambodia next month at ONE Championship events.

“I strongly suggest that the media contribute to the development of MMA here in Cambodia,” said the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia secretary general.

“To empower our fighters and help them to improve and get better. They need get better and adjust continually to prepare for the next fight,” he added.

Nou Srey Pov and Chan Rothana are set to represent the kingdom in Jakarta on Friday at ONE Championship: For Honor showpiece at Istora Senayan.

In a women’s atomweight showdown, Srey Pov, 24, will meet Indonesia’s own Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, while Rothana goes up against unbeaten Indonesian Mixed Martial Arts prospect Rudy Agustian.

In February, Srey Pov made a massive statement when she dominated Thai mixed martial arts star Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige at ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok.

“ONE Championship has changed my life so much since my debut,” Srey Pov said.

“When I won in WLC [World Lethwei Championship], not many people knew about me, but now it is very different. Wherever I go, people recognise me.”

Now, she is determined to build on her success and continue to change her life for the better.

Her next challenge is to take out a two-time Wushu World Championship medalist who will be backed by a partisan hometown crowd.

“What I remember the most during that evening in Bangkok is [getting my hand raised] in my very first mixed martial arts bout,” Srey Pov recalled.

“I will always remember the atmosphere in the arena.”

On Friday, May 10, Kun Khmer specialist Sok Thy will reenter the ring where he will face off against Muay Thai superstar Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand at Impact Arena in Bangkok for ONE Championship: Warriors of Light.

Cambodia’s Mixed Martial Arts Federation was inaugurated last October by Bokator Grandmaster Hok Chheang Kim, Cambodian Top Team (CTT) coach and founder Hun Chan Reach, Derek Bidaut, founder & director at Prodal Fight & Fitness Studio, and many of the kingdom’s best fighters.

With Mixed Martial Arts among the leading participation sports in recent years, the kingdom’s sporting authorities are hoping Cambodia can begin to match its potential in international competition.

An official Mixed Martial Arts Federation will be integral in making their dreams a reality.

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