Myanmar vs Malaysia: Phoe Thaw, Keanu Subba to clash at ‘ONE: Pursuit of Greatness’ in Yangon

Phoe Thaw, Keanu Subba

Phoe Thaw of, 33, Yangon, Myanmar will face Keanu Subba, 24, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon on October 26, 2018. ONE Championship will feature three ONE Super Series kickboxing contests and nine mixed martial arts matches on the fight card.

Phoe is one of the four hometown heroes competing at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness.” In the 10th bout of the evening, he will compete in an MMA match in the featherweight division against Subba.

An expert in lethwei, aikido and kyokushin karate, Phoe is one of the fastest rising MMA stars in Myanmar. The Yangon native has showcased a penchant for scoring highlight-reel stoppages, winning five of his six bouts by knockout.

Currently, Phoe competes professionally both in lethwei and in MMA. He has 3 wins, 0 loss and 2 draws in lethwei and a perfect record of 6 wins and 0 loss in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, Subba is a former MIMMA Featherweight Champion. He became interested in MMA in 2005 after watching a reality TV show which centered on the sport.

Subba has stopped several opponents all in the first round since his ONE Championship debut in October 2015. He is the younger brother of Gianni Subba, 25, who is one of ONE Championship’s top flyweights.

In the main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar will defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship title from undefeated fighter Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 27, of Lebanon. The former is also the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.

“ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” will be the second ONE Championship event in Myanmar in 2018. Here is the complete fight card:

  1. Flyweight MMA: Rudy Agustian (Indonesia) vs Asraful Islam (Bangladesh)
  2. Flyweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Joseph Lasiri (Italy) vs Josh Tonna (Australia)
  3. Bantamweight MMA: Ma Xu Dong (China) vs Ahmad Qais Jasoor (Afghanistan)
  4. Strawweight MMA: Ye Thway Ne (Myanmar) vs Mite Yine (Myanmar)
  5. Welterweight MMA: Luis Santos (Brazil) vs Daichi Abe (Japan)
  6. Strawweight MMA: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)
  7. Bantamweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Han Zi Hao (China) vs Ryan Jakiri (Philippines)
  8. Featherweight MMA: Emilio Urrutia (USA) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)
  9. Light heavyweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs Tarik Khbabez (Morocco)
  10. Featherweight MMA: Phoe Thaw (Myanmar) vs Keanu Subba (Malaysia)
  11. Featherweight MMA: Rafael Nunes (Brazil) vs Movlid Khaibulaev (Russia)
  12. ONE Middleweight World Championship: Aung La N Sang (Myanmar) vs Mohammad Karaki (Lebanon)

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Japan’s Shinya Aoki earns 8th ONE Championship win

Ev Ting, Olivier Coste, Shinya Aoki
Ev Ting, Olivier Coste, Shinya Aoki

On October 6, 2018, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan competed in ONE Championship for the 10th time. He was one of the three Japanese athletes who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the 12th bout of the evening, Aoki competed in an MMA bout in the lightweight division against Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of New Zealand and Malaysia.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the MMA lightweight bout between Aoki and Ting at 0:57 in the first round. The Japanese contender submitted his Kiwi-Malaysian opponent via arm triangle choke.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Aoki’s professional MMA record to 42 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Ting now has 16 win and 5 losses.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

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Thailand’s Nong-O Gaiyanghadao earns 2nd ONE Super Series win

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao

On October 6, 2018, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 31, of Bangkok, Thailand competed in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series for the second time. He was one of the seven Thai athletes who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the 11th bout of the evening, Nong-O competed in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division against Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of Paris, France.

After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai bantamweight contest between Nong-O and Zatout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Thai contender as the winner via unanimous decision.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Nong-O’s professional MMA record to 257 wins, 54 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Zatout now has 75 wins, 39 losses and 1 draw.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here:

Nigeria’s Anthony Njokuani earns 1st ONE Super Series win

Anthony Njokuani
Anthony Njokuani

On October 6, 2018, Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria and the United States made his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He was the only Nigerian athlete who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the 10th bout of the evening, Njokuani competed in a kickboxing bout in the lightweight division against Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer, 35, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing lightweight bout between Njokuani and Souwer was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Nigerian-American contender as the winner via split decision.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Njokuani’s professional record to 26 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Souwer now has  160 wins, 21 losses and 1 draw.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here: