Kun Khmer specialist Nou Srey Pov made a huge statement in her mixed martial arts debut when she defeated Thai superstar Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige on 16 February at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in Bangkok.
Throughout three rounds, the heavy-handed Cambodian showcased a superior stand-up game and shut down Rika’s takedown attempts with ease.
Now, the 24-year-old Cambodian Top Team representative aims towards the stars as names ONE Super Series Atomweight Kickboxing & Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex as a possible next opponent.
“After I defeated Rika, many said I should face ONE’s two-title Champion Stamp Fairtex,” Srey Pov states.
“I would love to compete against her as she’s in my weight class.”
“I have watched the way she fights, and she’s terrific! She uses her hands very well, and her leg kicks are unbelievable. She’s as good as Superlek.”
Being both a Kun Khmer Champion and a respected Lethwei competitor, Srey Pov feels more than confident in her stand-up abilities.
But even though she would gladly accept a bout against Thailand’s double-Champion, Srey Pov takes the humble road and doubles down on her admiration for the ONE Muay Thai World Champion.
“Compared to her, I don’t think I am half as good,” Srey Pov says with a laugh.
“If ONE matches me with any strong opponent, I will compete, that’s the most important.
“I always train very hard to be as good as my competitors, just like when I competed against Rika.”
“This is all I think about every day. I want to be the best at what I do.”
Coming from a strong Kun Khmer background, Srey Pov has also had a successful career as a Lethwei competitor in World Lethwei Championship (WLC), where she was awarded “Female Fighter of the Year.
Even though she made an unforgettable debut in ONE Championship, Srey Pov is not very experienced in grappling.
As she looks at the next step in her mixed martial arts career, she aims to make sure she is well prepared to take on even tougher opponents with more high-level grappling.
To do so, she has a simple method.
“Right now, my only plan is to train double as hard,” Srey Pov explains.
“My coach [Hun Chan Reach] told me to train every day on grappling, just in case there is a call from ONE Championship.”