ONE Championship will return to Cambodia in December for ONE: Kingdom of Khmer, with undefeated Hawaiian lightweight standout Lowen Tynanes to challenge Rasul Yakhyaev.
Set for 5 December, ONE: Kingdom of Khmer will be the organisation’s second show in the Southeast Asian city.
CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, said ONE’s last event in Phnom Penh was such a huge success that it was time to return.
“ONE Championship continues its dedication to cultivating the sport of mixed martial arts in The Kingdom of Cambodia,” he said.
Japanese MMA wildcard Riku Shibuya will feature on the card and take on the equally impressive Anatpong Bunrad, currently on a three-fight win streak.
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.