• A year removed from his last bout, Malaysian hero Saiful “The Vampire” Merican is ready to make his glorious return, and is eyeing a Fight of the Night performance.

    The bantamweight will step back into the cage on Friday Night, 10 February, and meet Burn “Hitman” Soriano at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, live from Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. This bout could quite possibly steal the show.

    Soriano, a Manila, Philippines-based gladiator, is a national kickboxing champion and a dangerous submission artist. Merican himself is a Muay Thai specialist who also happens to be well-rounded, but he expects this fight to be more of a striking battle.

    “I foresee us both standing up for the most part,” the 28-year-old hometown favorite says. “It would be interesting to see what happens when we both get on the ground, if at all. I will be ready either way.”

    Merican is looking to bounce back from his most recent loss, in which he suffered a devastating knockout at the hands of Geje Eustaquio at ONE: CLASH OF

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports presenter Steve Dawson takes a look at one of the hottest prospects in Asian MMA today.

    Kuala Lumpur hosts another rattling ONE Championship event on 10 Friday February 10. Malaysia’s capital has become a hotbed of MMA gyms and triumphant personal stories within the sport, and one of the most compelling of all will continue at the Stadium Negara.

    Agilan Thani’s story has been told many times, but if you haven’t heard it before, it’s one of extreme weight loss, amateur MMA success, and stunning displays in the professional game. Every step up makes you wonder whether a ceiling will be reached, but so far the Malaysian hasn’t bumped his head.

    You figured that bump may have come in his first two fights of 2016 when he met two more experienced fighters in Canadian James Kouame and American Brad Robinson, And yet, he brushed them aside in two and one rounds respectively, by rear naked choke (Kouame) and TKO by punches (Robinson).

    Now 6-0, the

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  • Malaysian strawweight Ann Osman will step back into the cage on Friday Night, 10 February, to face debuting Cambodian striker Vy Srey Khouch at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS. She does so in front of a hometown crowd at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    “I have full respect for her,” said Osman, a product of Borneo Tribal Squad. “She is young and new to the sport, and that is admirable. But I have been training hard and I have stayed ready. It is going to be a really exciting fight.”

    For Osman, this scenario brings back a lot of memories, especially when she reflects on her start in the sport.

    The year was 2012. After paying for a ticket from one end of Malaysia to the other, Ann Osman found herself in a small venue in Kuala Lumpur, staring across the cage at her opponent for her first amateur MMA contest. It was also Osman’s first actual fight. Ever.

    For the first two decades of her life, Osman had never struck another person. At age 30, she is the most recognizable female fighter in Malaysia,

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  • Asian mixed martial arts has really taken off in the last few years, especially with the growth of ONE Championship.

    As MMA continues to thrive in the east like the rising sun, there has also risen a handful of talented local homegrown martial arts heroes that fans have come to love. Join us as we take a look at the four of the fastest-rising Asian MMA stars today.

    Christian Lee (Singapore)

    Nicknamed “The Warrior”, 18-year-old Christian Lee of Singapore is one of the most promising young stars in Asia. Although he lives and spends most of his time at home in Hawaii, Lee often makes the thousand-mile journey to the world-class facilities at Evolve MMA in Singapore’s bustling metropolis.

    Lee, who began his professional career in December of 2015, aspires to follow his older sister Angela’s footsteps. Angela is the reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, and is the biggest star in Asian MMA.

    Lee, however, dreams of becoming even greater than his popular sibling. He aims to be one of

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  • Jeff “The Machine” Huang is always up for a challenge. As a matter of fact, he thrives in the face of adversity.

    The welterweight from Chinese Taipei will return to the cage on Friday Night, 10 February, to battle unbeaten hometown favorite, Agilan “The Alligator” Thani, at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, live from the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    “I want to do my best, but not because he is undefeated, but because he is a test for me,” the 38-year-old explains. “He is going to be strong.”

    To most, stepping into enemy territory to fight an undefeated local hero could be quite a daunting proposition. But to Huang, it will be nothing compared to the sacrifices he has already made to get to this point. Even several thousand pro-Thani partisans will never to able to break him mentally, not when this sport is something he was willing to give up everything for.

    Participating in combat sports, especially one as intense as MMA, can be a little surprising for some people. But pursuing it as a

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  • When ONE Championship returns to Malaysia on Friday Night, 10 February, they will host one of the nation’s brightest young stars.

    Undefeated 21-year-old Agilan “Alligator” Thani will take on his toughest test to date when he faces off against Chinese Taipei’s Jeff “The Machine” Huang, as the promotion hosts ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    Thani, who holds a flawless 6-0 record, has been impressive in posting five straight stoppage wins under the Asian promotion’s banner. That includes his most recent win, a first-round submission victory over Trestle Tan at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS last September. Now, he will have the chance to shine in front of his fellow countrymen again.

    Not only does Thani speak with composure and poise well ahead of his years, but he performs with the very same attributes too. It is easy to forget that he is still a relative newcomer to the world of mixed martial arts compared to some of his peers.  

    Even so, he has come a long way

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  • Kamal Shalorus wants another shot at glory.

    Two years removed from unsuccessfully challenging for the ONE Lightweight World Championship, “The Prince Of Persia” will renew his quest to the gold on Friday Night, 10 February.

    The Iranian will square off against top contender Ev Ting in the main event of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, live from the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    “Ev is a good fighter, but he never fought a tough guy like me. He has never faced a fighter like me. I am going to put him in the cold water, and he has never experienced a fight in cold water,” the 39-year-old says. 

    “I am going to win, I am going to knock him down, I am going to choke him and, after that, I am going to go after Eduard Folayang.”

    Shalorus has a clear vision and an unbreakable determination. Then again, he has always possessed that force of will, and it led him all across the globe.

    Raised on a sheep farm in East Azerbaijan, a northwest Iranian province which borders Armenia and the Republic of

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  • Ev Ting is once again heading home to Malaysia, and this time he is determined to leave with a dominant victory and a future title shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.

    The New Zealand-based martial artist will return to his birthplace on Friday Night, 10 February, to battle ex-title challenger “The Prince Of Persia” Kamal Shalorus in the main event of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which broadcasts live from Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    Currently riding a three-fight win streak, the man known as “E.T.” believes defeating the former number one contender in convincing fashion will be enough to secure the title opportunity he desires.

    “Obviously, I want to leave a strong statement and have a really good performance. But I have to go in there, be careful, be cautious, and take it as it comes,” the 27-year-old says. “It is no secret I am coming in with my best sprawl-and-brawl game, and it is a matter of hitting him without getting hit or taken down.”

    Doing that in-front of his fellow

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  • ONE Championship kicked off what should be an exciting 2017 for the promotion with their initial event offering: ONE: QUEST FOR POWER which was held last Saturday night, 14 January, at the Indonesia’s Jakarta Convention Center.

    ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash returned to action in the evening’s main event, defeating a game but outmatched Aung La N Sang to retain his title via unanimous decision after five grueling rounds.

    Aside from that terrific bout, there were also a handful of great performances throughout the show, even though they did not always end in victory.

    We peer into our crystal ball to see what may be next for the biggest winners of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    Vitaly Bigdash

    Bigdash’s performance was one that should have sent a message to the rest of the middleweight division. The reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion just overcame one of the weight class’ toughest challengers in Myanmar’s “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, and he almost made it look effortless.

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  • ONE Championship launched their 2017 event cycle in spectacular form on Saturday Night, 14 January, as the organization returned to the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia with ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.

    Whether it was ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash’s successful first title defense or the statement made by Martin Nguyen with his TKO of Kazunori Yokota, this card was loaded with highlights.

    Here are the top five from the night.

    Highlight #1: Vitaly Bigdash Reigned Supreme

    Up until recently, there was not too much known about Vitaly Bigdash. The unbeaten Russian was known as a finisher, who won four of his previous bouts via submission and another four via TKO. 

    We knew he was tough. After all, he was dropped by Igor Svirid multiple times during their title bout at ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA back in October 2015, but he survived the early onslaught and knocked out the Kazakhstani on his way to claiming the belt.

    But 15 months after defeating Svirid for the ONE Middleweight World

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