ONE: Kingdom of Khmer is set for Phnom Penh on Dec. 5. It will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Lowen Tynanes and Rasul Yakhyaev. It will be the organization’s second event in Cambodia and is scheduled to take place just two weeks after the Beijing card and five days before a show in Manila.
The main event at the Koh Pich Theatre sees Hawaiian lightweight Lowen Tynanes (7-0) looking to extend his undefeated record and take a step closer to a title shot when he takes on Russian newcomer Rasul Yakhyaev (9-2).
Originally from Grozny, Yakhyaev is the latest in a long line of Chechen fighters to break onto the international MMA scene. However, he has never faced an opponent of Tynanes’ caliber. The Hawaiian holds wins over Eduard Folayang, Vuyisile Colossa, and Kuat Khamitov.
In the co-main event Asuka Mikami (12-3-2) will be looking to work his way back into title contention when he faces Anatpong Bunrad (5-1). Both are coming off decision wins, the charismatic Japanese fighter comfortably outpointed Eugene Toquero, while the Thai was slightly fortunate to beat Geje Eustaquio by split decision.
ONE Championship’s inaugural event in Cambodia took place in the same venue in September 2014 and featured a one-night 145-pound tournament. It ended controversially when Chan Rothana landed an illegal stomp to the head of Sam Angdun and was disqualified.
Rothana (3-1) appeared to be on the verge of winning by stoppage due to strikes when the accidental stomp to the head landed and will be looking to avenge the only defeat of his career to date when he rematches Angdun (5-2) in a featherweight fight.
Cambodian Top Team’s Chan Heng (8-2) also suffered a surprise loss on that card. He will have an opportunity to score his first ever ONE Championship win when he takes on Indonesian Mario Satya Wirawan (4-2) in a bantamweight bout.
Also announced was a bantamweight match between Cambodians Chan Sam Art and Meas Meu, while there will be two women’s 105-pound fights. One sees locals Vy Srey Chai and Eh Ya Nut go head to head, while Tharoth Sam will be taking on India’s Jeet Toshi.
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