WHETHER it’s three hard rounds, an early knockout, or a well-timed submission, Malaysia’s ONE Championship stars have always delivered exciting performances in the cage.
The nation has produced several promising mixed martial artists, and continues to bring along new talent on a yearly basis.
Before we move forward into the future, we take a brief walk down memory lane and revisit four of the greatest wins from the Malaysian athletes in the world’s largest martial arts organization. #1 Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan VS Puja Tomar (ONE: VISIONS OF VICTORY in March 2018)
Puja Tomar was immediately on the back foot as Jihin Radzuan handed her a tough opening round, connecting with relentless striking and clever takedowns.
Despite a shaky start in the second stanza, “Shadow Cat” managed to control the battle by grappling her way into side control before and then landed knee strikes to the head.
The 20-year-old athlete was unsuccessful in several attempts of an armbar, but a slick triangle choke got the job done at 2:23 of round two. #2 Agilan “Alligator” Thani VS Reant Febriza Rainir (ONE: AGE OF CHAMPIONS in March 2015)
Agilan Thani sealed a perfect ONE debut with a first-round TKO victory over Indonesia’s Reant Febriza Rainir.
The Sentul-based athlete brought the action to the canvas in the opening seconds of the match-up and made sure it remained there.
He unloaded a series of ground and pound strikes before securing the win at 1:20 of the opening round. #3 Ev “E.T” Ting VS Nobutatsu Suzuki (ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS in August 2017)
Ev Ting made short work of Japan’s Nobutatsu Suzuki at this showcase in Kuala Lumpur.
The former ONE Welterweight World Champion went in search of the knockout, but Ting made him pay with his accurate counter strikes.
While his opponent was on the back foot, “E.T.” pushed forward, landed a huge takedown, and then fired away with a variety of strikes.
Suzuki could not escape the carnage, which ultimately forced the referee to stop the bout at 3:29 of the opening stanza. #4 Keanu Subba VS Phoe "Bushido" Thaw (ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS in October 2018)
Keanu Subba’s magic on the ground proved to be the turning point again as he handed Myanmar's Phoe “Bushido” Thaw his first career loss.
The submission specialist pounced on an early takedown barely a minute into the featherweight contest and gained side control towards the end of the round.
Phoe Thaw defended well, but his second attempt at breaking free left him staring at defeat.
Subba got hold of his neck, and then secured a tight guillotine choke. His opponent was left with no choice but to tap at 2:47 of round one.