ONE Championship will call an end to its calendar year on Friday, 7 December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The promotion will hold ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS at the Axiata Arena, and it has put together a treat for its 2018 grand finale.
In the main event, Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex takes on Australia’s Luis Regis. Also, some of the nation’s best talent, including Agilan “Alligator” Thani, Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan, and Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud will be featured on this blockbuster card.
Here are four major reasons to be excited about ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS.
#1 The Country’s Biggest Muay Thai Battle Ever
There have been many Muay Thai competitions to grace Malaysia, but Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex’s bout against Luis Regis will be the biggest Muay Thai battle to ever happen in the country.
In fact, it will be a history-making affair, as a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest will be featured in the main event for the first time in the promotion’s history.
With multiple world title victories and 275 bouts under his belt, fans can expect the always-exciting Yodsanklai to engage in a highlight-reel striking battle.
As for his opponent, Regis, he brings a technical Muay Thai style with him to the cage, and will look to earn the biggest victory of his career.
#2 Malaysian Heroes Set To Raise The Roof
There will be three Malaysian stars in action, and there is no better way to show some love for your nation than to cheer your hometown heroes on.
Agilan “Alligator” Thani takes on Kyrgyzstan’s Kiamrian Abbasov in a welterweight bout, while Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan battles former ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title challenger Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang from Chinese Taipei.
Also, ONE Super Series will welcome Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud to the fold. The 22-year-old striker will face Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios in a Muay Thai bantamweight clash.
#3 A Must-Watch Bout
Before the co-main and main event takes center stage, there is an epic bantamweight mixed martial arts bout that is guaranteed to set off fireworks.
Undefeated Japanese star Daichi Takenaka will square off against South Korean-American Kevin “Oldboy” Chung in what looks be a battle among grappling specialists.
Expect both athletes to aim for a one-two, and then shoot for the takedown.
With six submissions between the pair, a victory here could see the winner move up the ranks en route to a shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Title.
#4 A Former World Champion Returns
Besides playing host to two former ONE World Title challengers, ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS will also welcome back former ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash.
The big Russian takes on a very experienced opponent in Pancrase Middleweight World Champion Yuki Niimura at the Axiata Arena on Friday.
His Japanese counterpart is a knockout specialist who will be making his promotional debut.
The 36-year-old has recorded nine victories by way of knockout or TKO, and the Russian should be wary of his striking prowess as he seeks to put his past two matches to dust with a victory.