Cambodian mixed martial arts duo Nou Srey Pov and Chan Rothnana are set to represent the kingdom in Jakarta at next month’s ONE Championship: For Honor showpiece at Istora Senayan.
In a women’s atomweight showdown, Srey Pov will meet Indonesia’s own Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, while Rothana goes up against unbeaten Indonesian MMA prospect Rudy Agustian.
Srey Pov, 24, is a Kun Khmer World Champion with a 91-8-2 record in the discipline. She made her ONE Championship debut in February, defeating the popular Rika Ishige at ONE: Clash of Legends.
Srey Pov produced a commanding performance in her ONE debut dominating “hometown hero” Ishige in their women’s atomweight mixed martial arts bout in Bangkok, Thailand.
Srey Pov made her striking credentials clear in the opening round, as she repeatedly landed her piston-like right hand on “Tiny Doll.” Ishige hit the canvas twice and kept walking into hard punches from the Cambodian.
The Cambodian Top Team (CTT) representative’s confidence grew the more she landed, and her output increased alongside it. The hook-cross was her best weapon, as she easily shrugged off Ishige’s clinch attempts.
In the second round, the Bangkok-native continued to struggle in her attempts to close the distance. Srey Pov’s boxing made her pay when she entered range, and Ishige could not find a way in. She initiated a double-leg takedown in the final moments of the period, but was countered and found herself on the canvas.
The pressure was on “Tiny Doll” in the third round, as the bout was slipping away from the Thai in front of her compatriots.
She looked for a way to take the contest to the ground, however, her attempts to clinch behind an overhand right were foiled every time. Srey Pov’s output had slowed slightly, but she remained in control. She continued to frustrate the hometown hero with punches and low kicks.
When the final bell sounded, it was clear that Srey Pov did more than enough for the win.
Her opponent next month is an Indonesian national wushu champion, who had an exceptional 2018, competing for a total of six times and going 5-1 on the year. Gaol has emerged as one of Indonesia’s fastest rising stars.
Meanwhile, Rothana, founder and coach at Selapak in Phnom Penh, last turned out in the ONE cage last December at ONE: Destiny of Champions in Kuala Lumpur. There, he exacted a punishing defeat of Indonesia’s Abro “The Black Komodo” Fernandes.
Rothana, now 33, was able to fend off Fernandes’ fearsome grappling to secure a TKO finish at the 4:06 mark of the second round.
Rothana next goes up against unbeaten Indonesian prospect Agustian who makes a highly-anticipated return.