This Friday, 22 February ONE Championship will return to beautiful Singapore with an action-packed card and a duo of Cambodian talents.
ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS is brimming with Kun Khmer, Muay Thai, kickboxing and mixed martial arts champions, and the scene is set for an unforgettable evening of world-class entertainment.
Here are three reasons why Cambodia cannot miss this weekend’s ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS!
#1. Khon Sichan’s Return To Action
Khmer Warrior Challenge (KWC) Flyweight Champion Khon Sichan has not competed in the ONE Cage since his last impressive outing where he defeated Indonesian Riski Umar in an exciting back-and-forward bout.
The Phnom Penh MMA representative has been working actively on his ground-game to be able to show that he is becoming a well-rounded and mature mixed martial artist.
His opponent Rudy “The Golden Boy” Agustian will surely be testing Sichan, and show if the talented Kun Khmer competitor can have a breakout year and climb to the top of the food chain in 2019.
“We’re happy with the preparation,” says Sichan’s long-time coach Alan Mccune. “[Sichan] is very focused and hungry for the win.”
“It’s up to Rudy to figure out how to deal with Khon Sichan. [Sichan has] 150 Kun Khmer fights, Rudy only has a handful of bouts.”
“Sichan is going to rough him up, elbow him in the clinch and do exactly what we did against Riski Umar, with a little bit more ground capability,” Alan predicts.
#2. Kong Sambo’s ONE Super Series debut
Based in Siem Reap, Kong Sambo is finally set to make his anticipated ONE Championship debut.
The 23-year-old is the latest addition to ONE’s all-striking league, and he will instantly get the chance to prove his Kun Khmer skills are world-class as he will kick off the evening’s main card against China’s Zhang Chenglong.
Representing Kingdom Fight Gym (KFG), Sambo is determined to push the pace and showcase what he and his team are referring to as “Kun Khmer 2.0.”
“We’re trying to merge different influences and see what works for our fighters,” says KFG co-founder Leung Tsang.
“Of course, each fighter has their individual style, but for all, we want a faster pace combined with Kun Khmer techniques.”
“We are ready to put on a show!”
#3. A Historical Muay Thai Championship Bout
ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Stamp Fairtex will have the opportunity to write promotional history as she will lock horns with American Janet “JT” Todd in the evening’s main event.
Stamp is already the Kickboxing World Champion, but if she manages to get her hand raised this Friday, she will also become the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion.
No-one has managed to become a two-sport World Champion in ONE, so the stakes will be extremely high when this thrilling Muay Thai World Champion bout ends this action-packed evening featuring some of the world’s best martial artists.