Agilan “Alligator” Thani (9-3) has just completed his fourth year with ONE Championship.
The Malaysian martial arts hero may have experienced a rough 2018, but he has an eye towards the future.
With 2019 lurking around the corner, the 23-year-old Kuala Lumpur native shared his “wish list” for the new year and expressed his desire to challenge for the ONE Welterweight World Title in the near future.
#1: Become A Better Version Of Himself
The Monarchy MMA athlete shares a burning passion similar to the rest of the welterweights in the promotion’s talented division, which is to learn the valuable lessons martial arts has to offer.
“For 2018, I’ve gotten to know more about myself — how my body would cope with constant training, how I should break down my training, the amount of rest time I need, and so much more,” he explained.
“My hope for the new year is to be a better ‘Alligator.’ I want to come out as a hungrier athlete with a better preparation and performance in ONE Championship.”
#2: A Rematch With Zebaztian Kadestam
At ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER in July, Thani suffered his second professional defeat to now-ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam.
The Malaysian learned a lot about himself from the loss, and he wishes to get another chance to share the cage with him.
“I’d love to fight him again. He is such a great athlete, and I learned a lot in that defeat,” he said.
“Of course, it’s not a proud thing to say that I lost, but he was the better athlete that night.”
#3: Pulling Off A Guillotine Like Keanu Subba
Thani, a MIMMA Welterweight Champion, is a well-rounded athlete with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt.
However, when asked about the one skill he would love to acquire in 2019, he immediately pointed to his countryman.
“To pull off a ‘Keanu Subba’ guillotine choke,” Thani answered. “He has a sick guillotine choke. The way he caught Myanmar’s Phoe Thaw is truly something special.”
Subba has racked up three submission victories in his career, with two coming via that particular submission hold.
“He’s tried it on me a few times, but thankfully I’ve escaped,” Thani joked.
#4: To Move On From The Past
Unfortunately, 2018 did not go as “Alligator” envisioned.
However, Thani, who had a tough life thrown at him since he was a kid, has no issues with it at all.
“You need to move on from every bad memory in life,” he said.
“Everything this year happened for a reason, and it has only given me positives. There’s nothing I want to forget from the past, but of course I need to move on from it.”
One memory he would not want to forget, however, is his impressive performance against India’s Amitesh Chaubey in March. The Monarchy MMA product recorded a victory at 1:04 of round two with a beautiful Americana.