ONE Championship welterweight standout Agilan “Alligator” Thani is coming into his next bout re-focused and re-energized, after making key adjustments to his regimen, and moving from Monarchy MMA to now training independently across various camps.
The 26-year-old looks to showcase the strides he has made as an athlete when he enters the Circle for his next bout. Thani is set to throw down with dangerous Japanese fighter Hiroyuki Tetsuka at ONE: NextGen
II, a previously recorded event scheduled for broadcast via tape delay on Friday, 12 November.
“Alligator” is looking to make a statement in his return fight, and says he’s made the necessary improvements to become a better mixed martial artist.
“I think I made a lot of improvements from training camp, from the way we train, from pretty much everything, diet, and everything. We’ve moved a lot of things around from the last camp. I left my previous gym and now I’m working with different coaches and different gyms. Things have been going good actually,” Thani said in a recent interview with ONE Championship.
“We’ve been working [on] a lot of footwork, getting in and out. Because Tetsuka has like really big bombs, right? KO power, he’s known for knocking out people very well.”
Thani 2-2 in his last four, with wins over veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama and Dante Schiro, and setbacks against Yushin Okami and Tyler McGuire. With his back against the wall, Thani feels the slight pressure to break out of his slump and perform.
The 26-year-old is determined to turn his career around.
“Definitely, I think pretty much my last three fights motivated me to finish fights because it’s been either going to split-decision or I lose the fight, so I’m not so happy with that,” Thani said.
“But you’ve got to roll with whatever comes your way, right? So that’s what’s up.”
Against Tetsuka, Thani faces a bonafide finisher with a 78% finishing rate, that includes six knockouts and one submission out of nine career victories. Thani considers Tetsuka a worthy challenge, but believes he has what it takes to end matters early and claim glory.
Confident of victory, Thani wants to get Tetsuka out of there early, or clinch a satisfying point Victory.
“I think I have fought as many dangerous opponents. I think I have more experience than this guy even though I’m younger than him. I think I’ve fought better opponents. I think I’m just
having a hiccup in my career, like win-lose, win-lose. I know I’m capable of beating this guy. I
don’t know why, but I know I’m capable,” Thani said.