By Sascha Jones
ONE Championship’s next card kicks off tonight in Kuala Lumpur and features a young Malaysian on the undercard, Agilan Thani, who has transformed himself from a pudgy victim of school yard bullying into the Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) 170lb champion, and a legitimate contender in ONE. Thani, 20, made his ONE debut earlier this year against Reant Febriza Rainir, winning by TKO early in the first round.
He trains out of Monarchy MMA in Kuala Lampur, the same gym he ate, slept, and trained in since he was 16. When he started in 2012, Thani was 140kg but eager to stave off the bullies and attract the girls.
“I was just like a lot of kids who did not want to get bullied in school,” Thani said. “I used to do karate and stuff in school, but I was still getting bullied so I started juijitsu and fell in love with it.”
Gym owner Samir Mrabet and the Subba brothers took him under their wing, gave him a job and showed him how to eat and train properly. When he firstRead More »from Winning the battle inside and outside the cage