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Sor Sey in Manila faceoff

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
Cambodia’s Sor Sey is targeting another win.Courtesy ONE Championship

Cambodian Mixed Martial Artist Sor Sey is up against China’s Xie Bin at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings in Manila this evening.

He made his promotional debut at ONE: Kingdom of Khmer in December 2015, where he defeated fellow countrymen Chim Chetra via TKO in the second round.

“It was amazing,” said the 35-year old. “It was the best feeling in the world, because I got to show what I can do on the global stage, and also the prize money is what paid for my wife’s medical bills at the time. So ONE actually saved my family.”

Tonight he faces China’s Xie Bin in what could be the Cambodian Top Team fighters’ toughest test yet.

In his last ONE outing in May, Sey captured a remarkable comeback victory in a captivating fight for the ages at ONE: Grit and Glory in Indonesia.

There was a phenomenal reception for Indonesia’s own Victorio “Indra” Senduk, thousands packing into the Jakarta Convention Center to support their unbeaten countryman.

However, they did not account for the heart of the 35-year old Cambodian.​The opening round went to plan for the home favorite, as Senduk controlled the cage and kept his adversary penned in against the fence.

In the clinch, the Kun Khmer veteran landed solid knees and elbows. Following Senduk’s failed takedown attempt, Sey found himself in the unfamiliar mount position, where he unleashed a barrage of ferocious elbows to his grounded opponent.

The Indonesian absorbed a huge amount of punishment in the final 30 seconds of round two. His face was marked up and he tired at the start of the third.

Senduk tried to engage in the clinch during the final stanza, but his energy was low, and Sey used deft trips to drop him to the mat. Again, the Cambodian found his way in dominant top position, and rained down heavy strikes.

After a sublime start, Senduk faded, and ultimately could not outlast his vastly experienced adversary.

Cambodian fans have further cause to hope Xie Bin is stopped. The Chinese defeated Selapak fighter Chan Rothana at ONE: Kings of Destiny at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila in April 2017.

The end officially came at 1:46 of round two. It was Xie’s first stoppage victory in his young career.

With Chan struggling to gain a foothold, Xie went to work, and was able to grab a hold of the Selapak veteran’s neck. In the front headlock position, Xie rolled his opponent until he was able to execute a D’Arce choke and deliever a painful defeat.

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