KUALA LUMPUR: After they both carded losses in their respective title shot fights, Malaysian mixed martial arts (MMA) exponents Ev Ting and Agilan Thani are looking to redeem their pride at One: Quest for Greatness in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow night.
Ev, who lost to reigning One Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang in Manila last April, has been busy training out of Auckland MMA in New Zealand, where he describes his routine as “smart”.
"Preparation for this Friday has been smart, where I focused on sharpening up specific techniques rather than everything, as I’ve realised in previous camps I’ve been over-training,” he said.
The 27-year-old is scheduled to meet Nobutatsu Suzuki, a 39-year-old Japanese veteran who is also a former One Welterweight world champion with a professional record of 11-2-2.
“He is a former champ with a credible record.”
“I will simply be smarter, explosive and technical on fight night to take away the win for Malaysia,” he added.
Ev will be entering the cage at Stadium Negara with a 13-4 professional record, which includes four wins via submission and four knockouts with wins in four of his last five bouts, with his sole loss in his lightweight career, thus far, to Folayang.
Ev wasn’t the only one who suffered his first career loss when he took a shot at the title.
Twenty-one-year-old phenom Agilan was on a seven-match winning streak when he lost to former NCAA Division I All-American fighter Ben Askren in Singapore last May.
But Agilan has vowed to come back stronger, as he is set to fight Evolution Light Heavyweight champion Sherif Mohamed, who is currently on an 8-3 career record, in the welterweight division.
“He is a games opponent with heavy hands and I will do my best, as usual, to overcome everything he has,” he said.
Ev and Agilan will be joined by compatriots Gianni and Keanu Subba, as well as Malaysia’s first One Championship franchise fighter, Ann Osman.