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5 Things You Should Know About ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS

The next event on the torrid schedule of ONE Championship is ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December from the Axiata Arena.

The card is headlined by a potentially epic Muay Thai Featherweight bout between Thailand’s Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Australia’s Luis Regis.

These two decorated strikers are poised to deliver the kind of payoff fitting a show in the capital of Malaysia. Here are the five things you should know about the card.

5. Youth is On Display
Veterans are great, but there is something to be said for a card packed with prospects, and that’s what we have with ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS. If you look at the top 3 bouts, two of the matchups feature competitors who haven’t yet reached their 30th birthday. There is considerable upside to the top-level martial artists at this event; thus the night in Kuala Lumpur could be just a taste of what’s to come in their careers.

Gianni Subba (25) and Ma Hao Bin (24) are among the young fighters on the card

4. Yodsanklai Has a Nickname Fit For Technical Striker
In the main event, the former super welterweight WBC Muay Thai World champion at 154 lbs, and a two-time Lumpinee Stadium champion will be looking to dazzle the Malaysian crowd with his striking prowess. He’s known for his almost surgical use of his weapons in the cage. It’s a skill that has earned the nickname “The Boxing Computer.”
Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex
Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex after his win over Chris Ngimbi at ONE: Unstoppable Dreams

3. Teacher, Fighter, Champion
If Yodsanklai is “The Boxing Computer,” Regis will be looking to crack the code. He might be the best man for such a job. Regis is the lead instructor at Thai Boxing Sydney. He is the founder of the gym, and throughout his career, he has won multiple Muay Thai world titles–including the world championship in the World Fight Organization. His bout with Yodsanklai will be his 31st as a professional, and despite his previous accolades, the biggest of his career.

2. Malaysia’s Rerouted Prodigy
Agilan Thani has two losses as a professional, but the defeats couldn’t be more respectable. Both losses came to current or former ONE Welterweight World Champions (Ben Askren and Zebaztian Kadestam). Still just 23 years old, Malaysia’s Thani has a great chance to realize his potential as a champion. He began his career at the age of 18, and as he steps into his physical prime and understands himself more as a professional martial artist, the best of Thani could be on display in his home country.

Agilan Thani
Agilan Thani has only lost to former champion Ben Askren and current champion Zebaztian Kadestam

Could he become the superstar who proudly represents Malaysia when ONE comes to town? He has to be among the top candidates for that honour.

1.The Return of Bigdash
Former middleweight champion Vitaly Bigdash is back. After battling current middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang in two memorable bouts before losing his belt in the last, Bigdash suffered another setback in his most recent match in July against Leandro Ataides. Refocused and rededicated, Bigdash is determined to win his title back. The road back to the top begins in Malaysia against Japan’s Yuki Niimura.

Former Champion Vitaly Bigdash will return at ONE: Destiny of Champions

Can the powerful Russian return to form as a stoppage machine to put the ONE middleweight division back on notice? That’s just a piece of what you should be looking for at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS.

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