AGILAN Thani’s hopes of becoming the first Malaysian to win a ONE Championship title were dashed when Ben Askren of the United States retained his Welterweight World Championship belt via a fight-ending submission just past the two-minute mark of the first round at the ONE: Dynasty of Heroes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Nicknamed the Alligator, Agilan recorded his first ever career loss after Askren caught him in a mounted crucifix and pounded on the Malaysian before taking him to the ground in an arm triangle choke.
Following the fight, Agilan declined to speak to the press as he was feeling unwell and has been instructed to take painkillers after the pain inflicted by Askren, a former US Olympian.
However, Askren believes Agilan will pick himself back up and there’s more of him to come.
“Agilan has a great story, he’s a young kid and this is not the last time we’re going to see him,” said Askren.
Agilan, a product of Monarchy MMA, made his professional debut in December 2013. Since joining ONE Championship, he has been steadily racking up victories, eventually leading to the title fight against Askren.
In the main event showdown, Angela Lee retained her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship title and belt after overcoming a spirited performance from challenger Isela Nunes.
Angela won by submission in the second round after catching the Brazilian on the ground through an anaconda choke.
“The anaconda choke is one of our favourites, so I was really happy to win with that submission tonight,” said Angela.
Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout: Angela Lee defeats Istela Nunes by
Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:18 minutes of round 2
Welterweight World Championship bout: Ben Askren defeats Agilan Thani by
Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:20 minutes of round 1
Welterweight bout: Zebaztian Kadestam defeats Luis Santos by Knockout at 2:18 minutes of round 3
Grappling Super-Match bout: Garry Tonon defeats Shinya
Aoki by Submission (Heel Hook) at 7:47 minutes
Straw weight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Adrian Matheis by Knockout at 4:26 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Anatpong Bunrad by
Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Lightweight bout: Amir Khan defeats Rajinder Singh Meena by TKO (Strikes) at 1:29 minutes of round 1
Women’s Strawweight bout: Tiffany Teo defeats Rebecca Heintzman-Rozewski by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s Atomweight bout: Rika Ishige defeats Nita Dea by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
at 2:39 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (69.0kg): Chen Lei defeats Jeremy Meciaz by TKO (Strikes) at 2:56
minutes of round 1