Myanmar and Cambodia were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the eighth bout of the evening, “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang, 25, of Myanmar faced Rin Saroth, 25, of Cambodia.
Thang was one of the three hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Saroth was the sole representative of Cambodia.
Thang is a four-time Chin State Wrestling Champion. Born in Chin State, Myanmar, he was 10 years old when he and family moved to the United States.
Training out of Hard Knocks 365, Thang made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” It also marked his professional MMA debut.
Saroth is a KWC 3 Featherweight Tournament Finalist. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2013.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” marked Saroth’s sixth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Cambodian Top Team.
Thang and Saroth competed in an MMA match at a catch weight of 68 kg. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.
After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Thang, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Thang’s professional MMA record to 1 win and 0 loss. On the other hand, Saroth now has 3 wins and 7 losses.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” Main Events
Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.
Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event. After two five-minute rounds, the Swedish defending champion won via technical knockout via retirement.
Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.