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Khmer fighters ‘Come out to Play’ in Bangkok

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
Meas Meu has previously turned out for both the ONE Championship and FMD. Courtesy SingaporeMaven

Full Metal Dojo 15: ‘Come out to Play’ is set for the Insanity Nightclub in Bangkok tomorrow evening with Meas Meul and Tharoth Sam flying the flag for Cambodia at Southeast Asia’s most exciting mixed martial arts promotion.

Meul, an undefeated bantamweight, is set to take on Malaysia’s Allen Chong, a veteran of the UFC-backed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter.

Meul, who boasts a five-win undefeated streak in MMA and is fighting out of Cambodian Top Team in Phnom Penh, is trained by the kingdom’s MMA pioneer Chan Reach.

With a background in judo and the winner of the Khmer Warrior Championship featherweight tournament in 2014, Meu will be targeting an upset.

Tomorrow will be his second outing for FMD, which has the distinction of being Thailand’s biggest MMA promotion.

He has also competed twice for ONE Championship, Asia’s largest MMA promotion, winning both bouts, and says he is excited about the prospect of fighting in Thailand for the third time this year.

“I know my opponent is a champion from Malaysia and he was with the UFC before. I know this will be a hard fight, but I am determined to win and remain undefeated in MMA,” he said.

Tharoth Sam will be making an appearance tomorrow. SingaporeMaven

Chong (3-3) was the Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) Season 1 lightweight champion and travelled to Las Vegas to compete in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) world championships.

In 2013, he was selected by the UFC to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: China.

Full Metal Dojo’s colourful promoter Jon Nutt said he expects an explosive bout between two of the best-known featherweights in Southeast Asia.

“Allen Chong is a MIMMA champion so we know he is among the best of the best in Malaysia and training with Cung Le and all the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter is only going to have made him better,” he said.

“But Meas Meul is on a tear and has already made a big impression by winning two fights in Thailand this year. This is a huge fight and we are going to be streaming it live and direct from Bangkok, so everyone in Cambodia can cheer for their boy.”

Also representing the kingdom will be fan favourite and female action movie superstar Tharoth “Little Frog” Sam, who returns to FMD to face home-grown Thai Kaewjai Prachumwong.

Kaewjai competed in Thailand’s first professional women’s MMA fight at FMD 2 in 2014.

At the top of the bill is Tommy “Wildcard” Hayden, who will make his first lightweight title defence against veteran challenger Jason Ponet of France.

FMD consistently features some of the best up and coming talent from Thailand as well as veteran fighters from all over the world. Formed in 2014, the Bangkok-based organisation has put on more than 108 fights in four different venues.

Its popularity has been rapidly growing and Cambodian fighters have played a major part in spurring this growth.

The organisation recently tied up a major new title sponsorship deal with TripAlly, a mobile application for travellers offering connectivity to the mobile internet without roaming fees, changing SIM card or using Wifi.

The app will initially launch in the third quarter of 2018 in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The event will be broadcast live on the organisation’s official Facebook page.

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