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Soda books Shanghai date

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In his last outing, in Manila last September, Phat Soda fell to China’s Peng Xue Wen.​ Courtesy ONE Championship

ONE Championship has announced Cambodian mixed martial artist Phat Soda will represent the kingdom against former Indonesian National Wrestling champion Elipitua Siregar in Shanghai on September 8 at ONE: Beyond The Horizon.

Former three-time National Kun Khmer Champion Phat Soda, a team member of Cambodian Top Team, grew up as an orphan, and got into a lot of confrontations because of bullying. However, martial arts allowed him to turn his life around when he started training in Kun Khmer in 2012, and he has since accumulated over 100 bouts, winning national titles three years in a row.

Driven by a desire to make a name for his country on the global stage, Soda joined ONE, Asia’s largest MMA promotion, and will attempt to show the effectiveness of Kun Khmer to the world.

In his last outing, ONE Championship: Legends of the World in Manila last September, Soda fell to China’s Peng Xue Wen – and it was a finish that no one will forget.

The Chinese Youth Greco-Roman Wrestling champ utilised his grappling against Soda, as he brought him down nearly 20 seconds into the opening stanza and strategically advanced his positioning to the full mount.

Soda briefly maintained his cool and reversed the position with a bridging sweep, yet was unable to take much advantage of a dominant position.

That would quickly prove to be his undoing. Peng used his grappling to escape, and after a brief scramble on the feet, the Chinese strawweight got behind his foe, grabbed him by the waist and delivered a massive belly-to-back suplex that knocked out Soda instantly. Soda landed heavily on his neck and was quickly tended to by medics. He was swiftly conveyed to hospital for a CT Scan with doctors soon giving him the all clear.

His opponent next month, Siregar, comes from humble beginnings, having been born to a family struggling to make ends meet in Indonesia’s North Sumatra region. His family sent him to live with his uncle in Jakarta in order to learn discipline.

That would come in the form of enforced wrestling training, which would not just reform the young Siregar, but change his life forever. The young Indonesian competed in wrestling throughout his academic career, and racked up numerous medals at the national level. After such a long run of domestic success, he turned his attention to international glory in the cage, and joined ONE.

In the main event at ONE: Beyond The Horizon, reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China will defend her title against Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil.

“The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China is the reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion. With a professional record of 15-1, Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity. Featuring a wide array of skills, “The Panda” bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017.

In her last bout, she defeated Laura Balin to successfully retain her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship for the first time. Up next, the 30-year-old defends her title against Samara Santos.

Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil is a 25-year-old female mixed martial artist who is set to make her promotional debut at ONE: Beyond The Horizon. A former Salcaterra Marajo Fight Strawweight Champion, Santos has gained solid experience competing largely in her home country of Brazil for the majority of her career.

She has amassed a 12-5-1 record over the past three years as a professional, including six wins by submission. In her first appearance in ONE, Santos will take on defending ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan.

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