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Meul targets China redemption

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Meas Meul is looking to bounce back from consecutive losses. Supplied

Cambodian Mixed Martial Artist Meas Meul will be looking for redemption as he enters the cage tomorrow at ONE: Battle For The Heavens in Guangzhou, China.

Meul, a Khmer Warrior Challenge Champion, began training in Kun Khmer at an early age to deal with bullying in his childhood. Shortly after, Meul realised opportunities to build a professional martial arts career, and began to focus on training in other disciplines.

He is well-versed in Kun Khmer, judo, wrestling, and boxing, becoming a five-time national champion in judo while compiling an unblemished 13-0 record in Kun Khmer. Meul made his professional MMA debut in 2014, and has racked up several impressive victories since then, with the majority of his wins being finishes.

Training with Phnom-Penh based Cambodia Top Team (CTT), alongside some of the best martial artists in the kingdom, Meul looks to become the first from Cambodia to win a world championship in MMA.

In his last ONE Championship outing in May, Meul was unlucky in defeat as he fell to Xie Chao of China by technical knockout in the third round of ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Meul had stormed out of the gates, immediately scoring a takedown and then positioning himself on top to pummel Xie with ground strikes. However, the complexion of the three-round featherweight clash started to change towards the end of the first round.

Xie capitalised on an exhausted Meul and nearly ended matters on the ground with a deep rear-naked choke. In the succeeding rounds of the contest, Xie maneuvered his Cambodian foe on the mat effortlessly and drilled Meul with punishing ground-and-pound to claim the stoppage and the victory.

In January, Meul was easily defeated by Filipino featherweight Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, who delivered a sensational first-round knockout with a high kick to the head only 21 seconds into their contest at ONE: Global Heroes in Manila.

With two consecutive losses to avenge, the Cambodian will seek to bounce back against Chinese Sanda Champion Zhao Zhi Kang who hails from the desert region of Inner Mongolia. He began training in martial arts at the age of 15, inspired by heroes such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. Zhao later made his professional debut in 2012, amassing an excellent 22-3 record by competing all across China, which brought him to the bright lights of ONE.

“World-class martial arts makes a triumphant return to the beautiful city of Guangzhou with another spectacular event, stated Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.

“ONE: Battle for the Heavens will feature a titanic clash between superstar strikers, as Thailand’s Yodcherry Sityodtong faces Chinese Taipei’s Kai Ting Chuang for the inaugural ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship,” he added.

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