[PHOTOS] Myanmar vs Cambodia: Tial Thang, Rin Saroth fight at ‘ONE: Reign of Valor’ in Yangon, Myanmar


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Myanmar and Cambodia were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the eighth bout of the evening, “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang, 25, of Myanmar faced Rin Saroth, 25, of Cambodia.

Thang was one of the three hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Saroth was the sole representative of Cambodia.

Blue Corner

Thang is a four-time Chin State Wrestling Champion. Born in Chin State, Myanmar, he was 10 years old when he and family moved to the United States.

Training out of Hard Knocks 365, Thang made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” It also marked his professional MMA debut.

Red Corner

Saroth is a KWC 3 Featherweight Tournament Finalist. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2013.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” marked Saroth’s sixth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Cambodian Top Team.

Fight Result

Thang and Saroth competed in an MMA match at a catch weight of 68 kg. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Thang, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Thang’s professional MMA record to 1 win and 0 loss. On the other hand, Saroth now has 3 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” Main Events

Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.

Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event. After two five-minute rounds, the Swedish defending champion won via technical knockout via retirement.

Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

China’s Fu Chang Xin earns 2nd ONE Championship victory

Fu Chang Xin, Mitch Chilson
Fu Chang Xin, Mitch Chilson

Fighting out of Harbin, Heliongjiang, China, Fu Chang Xin, 25,  was one of the three Chinese contenders who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018. It was his second bout in ONE Championship.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series striking bouts and six mixed martial arts matches. In the second bout of the evening, Fu competed in an MMA match in the bantamweight division against Rin Saroth, 25, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the MMA bantamweight bout between Fu and Saroth at 3:04 in the second round. The Chinese contender submitted his Cambodian opponent via rear-naked choke.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Fu’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 1 loss. He is now riding a five-bout winning steak.

When Fu made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” on July 27, 2018, he faced Rustem “Actor” Yensebayev, 27, of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Chinese fighter knocked out his Kazakh opponent in the first round.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” 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: