ONE Championship™ Returns to Phnom Penh for One: Kingdom of Khmer
Lowen Tynanes Challenges Russian Lightweight Rasul Yakhyaev in the Main Event
Japanese Fighter Riku Shibuya Meets Anatpong Bunrad in the Co-main Event
Also Cambodian Mma Athletes Return to the One Cage Against International Fighters
05 November 2015 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), together with official partners NAGAWORLD®, CTN, Cambodia Beer and Pulsar announced its return to The Kingdom with another thrilling night of world-class mixed martial arts action. ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER is set to electrify the Koh Pich Theatre on 5 December, bringing excitement back into the heart of Cambodia.
CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated, “ONE Championship continues its dedication to cultivating the sport of mixed martial arts in The Kingdom of Cambodia with another adrenaline-filled night of fights! Our last event in Phnom Penh was such a huge success, and it was truly an honor to witness the crowd cheering for our ONE Championship superstars. ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER will be an epic night of action that fans will not want to miss!”
Tickets for ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER are available at NAGAWORLD®.
Undefeated Hawaiian lightweight standout Lowen Tynanes has impressed in his time so far inside the ONE Cage. One of the most ferocious young lions, Tynanes boasts of world-class wrestling ability paired with absolutely relentless aggression, resulting in a handful of highlight-reel finishes. His next challenge is a tough one, against grappling ace, Rasul Yakhyaev.
Rasul Yakhyaev of Russia is a lightweight star in his homeland where he’s racked up a stellar record of nine wins with only two defeats. He is adept in both striking and mat techniques, and is considered a solid prospect with tremendous potential. With grappling as his fortitude, Yakhyaev makes his ONE Championship debut against none other than Lowen Tynanes.
Japanese MMA wildcard Riku Shibuya won the hearts of fans with his unorthodox style and powerful combinations. In his last outing however, his grappling skills were on full display instead, proving to the world that he is a complete fighter. Now, fans in Phnom Penh will get to see Shibuya once again as he takes on the equally impressive Anatpong Bunrad.
Anatpong Bunrad is currently on a three-fight win streak, defeating the highly regarded Geje Eustaquio in his latest appearance inside the ONE Cage. Bunrad utilizes lightning quick strikes to subdue his opponents, but also has submission skills to round out his overall game. He’ll take on his toughest challenge yet in Japan’s Riku Shibuya.
Since suffering two setbacks early on in his career, Sam Ang Dun has re-emerged as a solid featherweight out of Cambodia, winning the featherweight tournament at ONE: RISE OF THE KINGDOM. With two submission victories also on his record, Sam Ang Dun shows evidence of being a well-rounded fighter in a deep and talented featherweight division. He’ll take on compatriot Chan Rothana next in a rematch of last year’s tournament final.
Chan Rothana is a featherweight mixed martial artist from Cambodia with a 3-1 record. Victorious in his last outing against Ramon Gonzales, Rothana aims to continue his winning ways against countryman Sam Ang Dun. The two have faced each other before, in the featherweight tournament final at ONE: RISE OF THE KINGDOM – a bout which ended in controversy. Now, both fighters will go head-to-head once again in what will surely be an awesome matchup.
Chan Heng debuted for ONE Championship last year, falling short of victory in a bantamweight bout. An all-rounded fighter with a knack for submissions, Heng wants to show fans he has what it takes to be a force in his division. Heng now returns to the ONE Cage seeking redemption, this time against Mario Satya Wirawan.
Mario Satya Wirawan of Bogor, Indonesia is a former university football player who developed a passion for combat just a few years ago. Since then, he’s impressed crowds by showcasing his lightning quick strikes and ferocious combinations. With a newfound love for MMA, Wirawan looks for his first victory in ONE Championship against Chan Heng of Cambodia.
Chan Sam Art is a 27-year old bantamweight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a solid 5-2 record with four of his wins coming by submission. The young grappling hotshot will have his hands full against a tremendous striker in his first contest in ONE Championship, against Kun Khmer specialist Meas Meu.
Unbeaten at two wins and no losses, Meas Meu made his ONE Championship debut a memorable one, submitting countryman Chan Heng via Rear-Naked Choke. Meu’s victory was impressive to say the least, and has earned him another stint inside the ONE Cage, this time against Chan Sam Art.
Local mixed martial arts warrioress Tharoth Sam is no stranger to adversity inside the ONE Cage. Sam has a notable 2-1 record, with both of her victories coming impressively by technical submission. With lightning quick striking also embedded in her very core, Sam looks to show fans in attendance that she’s the real deal and can achieve much in this sport. Sam gets her chance to do just that against Jeet Toshi.
Jeet Toshi of Delhi, India is one of the most experienced female atomweights on the ONE Championship roster. A rose among a male-dominated sport in her homeland, Toshi is equipped with a complete skillset that consists of impeccable striking and hard-nosed grappling. Toshi will look to make her return to the ONE Cage a successful one against Tharoth Sam of Cambodia.
Two other female Cambodian athletes, Eh Ya Nut and Vy Srey Chai will also be facing each other in the ONE Championship cage. This will be Vy Srey Chai’s second ONE Championship fight after her first lost to Tharoth Sam September last year in ONE: RISE OF THE KINGDOM while Eh Ya Nut will be making her debut.
About ONE Championship™
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Meet, feast, relax, party, and play at NagaWorld®, best non-stop entertainment capital. Amidst the picturesque terrain of the Mekong and Tonle Sap River lies the vibrant landmark of Phnom Penh. NagaWorld® is strategically sited in the capital city of Cambodia, a city rich in Khmer history. According to legend, NagaWorld® derived its name from the mythical fable of a 7-headed snake or “Naga.” The majestic snake was believed to be residing in the rivers and guarding the entrance to Phnom Penh. The tale revealed its only sighting during the appearance of a rainbow and was thus considered highly auspicious. Reminiscent of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, NagaWorld® was likened to a promising symbol of new beginnings and prosperity.
NagaWorld® has attracted a broad range of guests from the free-spirited holiday maker seeking a comfortable refuge, to the intrepid world traveller, to the entertainment connoisseur. NagaWorld®, Phnom Penh is the first and best-in-class integrated Hotel, entertainment complex in fast-emerging Cambodia, owned by holding company – NagaCorp, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Consisting of some 1 million square feet with over 700 Suites and Deluxe Rooms, an all-suite luxurious spa, shopping gallery, 12 Food & Beverage outlets, extensive entertainment services and premium meeting spaces with state-of-the-art facilities, and one of the country’s largest hotel convention space that accommodates more than 1,000 delegates.
From its first day of broadcast in March 2003, CTN have initially set out as the channel that every Khmer people could be proud of. Home of the Kingdom’s biggest and promising stars and TV personalities, the channel prides itself on introducing new and exciting formats as well as “never been done before” programs. CTN’s unwavering commitment of bringing entertainment to greater heights and relentless pursuit of excellence will always be their guiding principle.
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