• ONE Championship is heavily banking on its development of local, homegrown martial arts heroes. After all, the future of the sport of course hinges on the fighters of today and tomorrow. 

    One such fighter is Malaysian welterweight prospect Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur. Thani is unbeaten as a professional, and is one of the top prospects to come out of the country at just 20 years of age.

    He owns an unblemished five-win professional mixed martial arts record, and all five of his victories have come by spectacular finish, with only one of his opponents making it to the second round.

    To say that Thani is a talented young fighter is a massive understatement. But you don’t have to tell him that. Thani knows of his talent, but doesn’t let it affect his growth as a martial artist.

    “Well, I know I’m undefeated and have been so far unchallenged, but I don’t let it get to my head,” said Thani, who continues to improve each and every fight. “I’m constantly trying to improve myself and

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  • A welterweight bout at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has caught ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson’s interest. Here’s why.

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    As the Agilan Thani story gathers pace, despite having watched it unfold, it becomes more and more unbelievable.

    The next chapter gets published at ONE Championship’s 2 September event at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur against Trestle Tan of the Philippines.

    At 18 years old, primarily as a means to lose considerable weight — a reported 55kg — he entered the Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) tournament and blew through five opponents in five months, employing three submission wins, a decision, and a TKO in the grand final.

    He’d had one professional fight before all that, winning by TKO inside two minutes. After the MIMMA triumph he concentrated fully on his professional career with ONE Championship. In the space of 14 months, it’s brought him two more TKO victories and two more submission wins.

    The last two of

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    Jens Lehmann, an official Bundesliga ambassador, is in Asia as part of their Legends Tour. (Photo: Precious Communications)

    The English Premier League has always been branded as one of the most exciting leagues in the world, but that assumption has been severely tested by its German counterpart in recent years.

    The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are regarded as genuine European football heavyweights, while other teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach have helped to draw more attention to the Bundesliga with their slick performances in Europe.

    A revamp of youth development has also injected vibrancy and former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehman believes this has helped underpin the league’s rise in popularity.

    “I think the pace of the game is higher now and the teams are getting fitter and fitter,” the 46-year-old told Yahoo Singapore on Monday at the Bundesliga’s Singapore office. He is here as an official ambassador of the league on their

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  • BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens LehmanBLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens Lehman

    It has been 12 seasons since Arsenal last won the Premier League title in 2003/04, with supporters becoming increasingly disgruntled at their lack of league success.

    Last season’s second-place finish - for only the second time since their title triumph - may have given fans hope the team can contend again this season.

    Arsenal club legend Jens Lehmann, who played every game of that remarkable unbeaten title-winning season, believes it is imperative for Arsene Wenger’s men to do so.

    Speaking to Singapore media as part of his role as Bundesliga ambassador on Monday afternoon, the 46-year-old said he believed there is no clear favourite even though the Gunners’ rivals have improved their squads.

    “Of course, they have to challenge for the title,” Lehmann said. “The other teams are not that good as well. Manchester City last year were very average and Chelsea were a disappointment, although they have improved this season. Manchester United and City are probably better [than last season].

    “I

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson Previews the main event for ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS between top featherweights Ev Ting and Rob Lisita

    Ev Ting vs Rob Lisita, at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on 2 September, is a peach of a match. Both fighters come to Malaysia on the same mission: a rematch with ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov.

    There is another common opponent here though. Eric Kelly choked out Lisita in July 2014, beginning a dark period for the Australian, who despite making his ONE debut with only one (since avenged) loss in eight previous contests, has now lost his last three.

    Ting put a guillotine choke on Kelly in January with a performance that surprised me, and signaled his prominence in the division. Some might argue that Kelly is a fading force in ONE Championship, but if he is, it’s Ting who hit the dimmer switch.

    His fans would also point to last year’s one-minute submission of Honorio Banario, which in light of the

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    Malaysian-born and New Zealand-based mixed martial artist Ev Ting will battle Australia’s “Ruthless” Rob Lisita in the main event of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, and he’s more than ready to bring glory to both his country of birth and adopted home. The event takes place this Saturday Night, 2 September, from Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara.

    “Robert Lisita is a very tough opponent. You can never count him out. He’s got a big right hand and he likes to finish people,” Ting acknowledges. “I’m not taking him lightly and I’m training for the best Robert Lisita that is out there.

    “He’s a featherweight champion of Australia and I’m the featherweight champion of New Zealand, so it’s gonna be a Tasmania affair, and it’s gonna be honorable to represent Malaysia at the same time.”

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    A former featherweight champion in New Zealand’s SFC promotion, the man known as “E.T.” has been on an absolute tear since debuting in ONE Championship back in 2014. He won his first three bouts in impressive fashion,

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  • Rob Lisita is “Ruthless” Once Again

    Rob Lisita is a changed man. After a few recent stumbles, the Australian mixed martial artist plans to get back on the winning track as meets Ev Ting in the main event of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS on 2 September at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Lisita isn’t just looking to win, however. The 33-year-old wants to make a definitive statement against an opponent who has been acting quite arrogant as of late.

    “He’s a decent guy, but we’re not friends now. We can be friends after [the fight], but I’m going out there to kill him, so he might not be able to live through it,” Lisita says. “He’s a good fighter. He’s done well in ONE. He’s pretty full of himself right now, you know.

    “He’s gonna be cocky in the cage and I think he’s gonna underestimate me, but if he’s not ready for the hardest fight of his life, he’s in for a rough night. It’s going to be an early night for him. But if he is, we might go to war. We might have a good fight for the fans, but I’m coming out on top.”

    To

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  • It was a hot Saturday evening in Jakarta, both in terms of the weather as well as the action in the ONE Championship cage. 

    There were movers and shakers and lots of spectacular finishes, but in the end, the real winners were the people watching, especially fans who came out to the Jakarta Convention Center and witnessed an exciting night of mixed martial arts. Jakarta was an amazing host, and ONE Championship put on a tremendous show for its second outing in Indonesia’s capital city this year. 

    Let’s take a look at what’s next for the biggest winners of ONE: TITLES & TITANS.

    Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (Def. Haolan Jietebusibai by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:26 minutes of round 1)

    If there was any doubt as to whether or not Russian war machine Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev is ready for a big-name fight, there should be no doubt now following his rather quick and easy victory over Haolan Jietebusibai.

    Arslanaliev needed just 26 seconds to render whatever Jietebusibai was planning to do in

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  • There wasn’t any championship gold up for grabs on Saturday night, 27 August at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, but there were some colossal finishes, strange occurrences, and powerful statements made of titanic proportions.

    The event, which emanated from Indonesia’s Jakarta Convention Center, featured a little bit of everything, from fierce knockouts and slick submissions to intense back-and-forth affairs such as Casey Suire’s split decision victory over Xie Bin.

    Beyond that, there were even some weird moments in the main event, including Igor Svirid receiving two yellow cards and Luis Santos hand-clapping like he was listening to DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean.”

    Despite all that, here are the top five highlights of the night.

    Highlight #1 - Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev Tapping Out Haolan Jietebusibai With The Quickness

    Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev doesn’t like spending too much time in the cage. He must be allergic or something, because his fights never go past two minutes.

    It was much of the same on

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  • The fireworks came late in the main event of ONE: TITLES & TITANS, but Luis “Sapo” Santos did enough to seal an unanimous decision victory and spoil the welterweight debut of former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid.

    In the first round, there was a prolonged lull in action. Santos took the center of the cage and threw a few kicks while Svirid circled away on the outside. About three and a half minutes into the opening stanza, despite repeated warnings, referee Yuji Shimada halted the contest and gave yellow cards to both mixed martial artists. When the fight continued, the Brazilian stepped up his aggressiveness. He delivered a high kick that smacked Svirid’s elbow and flung a push kick to the left thigh.

    The second round was much of the same, with Sapo acting more as the aggressor and the Kazakhstani seeming more content on circling away and counter punching, though he didn’t throw any punches. The crowd at Indonesia’s sold-out Jakarta Convention Center grew

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