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Agilan Thani Bringing Champion's Mindset To Kuala Lumpur Comeback

December 06, 2018

Agilan “Alligator” Thani returns to action at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS in Kuala Lumpur looking to rebound back into World Title contention.

The Malaysian star is in a great place, both physically and mentally, heading into his upcoming bout against Kyrgyzstan’s Kiamrian Abbasov on Friday, December 7.

However, the welterweight contender admits his successes were in no small part due to two of the biggest influences in his career – his father Thanigasalam and his coach, former ONE featherweight athlete Samir “Flexible” Mrabet.

If not for martial arts, life would have been drastically different for Malaysian hero Agilan Thani.

If not for martial arts, life would have been drastically different for Malaysian hero Agilan "Alligator" Thani. Kuala Lumpur | 7 December | 6:30PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Facebook: Prelims LIVE | Twitter: Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onedestiny18

Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, 6 December 2018

“You might see me here today being a professional athlete with lots of fans, but I did not have it easy at the beginning,” Thani says.

“Living with my dad was not easy. He always told me to work, to earn money, get a good job.

“I couldn’t listen to my dad saying that all the time, and when I was 17, I told myself I needed to be independent.”

Thani decided to join mixed martial arts gym Monarchy MMA, but if he thought he would have a more sympathetic figure to guide him on the mats, he was mistaken. His coach Mrabet proved to be equally as hard a taskmaster.

“In the early days, he pushed me. He told me I cannot get lazy. If not, this choice of career would not work out in the right way,” Thani remembers.

“His advice still sticks to me until today – do you want to be a normal person or someone better in life?”

The "Alligator" will be on the hunt for a career-defining win this Friday!

Agilan "Alligator" Thani will be on the hunt for a career-defining win this Friday!Kuala Lumpur | 7 December | 6:30PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Facebook: Prelims LIVE | Twitter: Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onedestiny18

Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, 6 December 2018

Those words of wisdom helped fire Thani’s competitive spirit, but success did not come easy. The Malaysian star remembers his early days when he used to break down after training sessions.

“Yeah, sometimes it gets real tough,” he admits.

“I’d just sit down and cry at the corner of the gym before other gym members and Mrabet tried to convince me to never give up.

“If it wasn’t for my dad and him, I wouldn’t be here. I am who I am today thanks to these two.”

Driven by the demanding but effective motivation from his father and his coach, Thani has compiled a 9-2 record, with eight wins coming inside the distance – five by submission and three by knockout.

It has seen the 23-year-old establish himself as one of the top welterweights in ONE Championship, but the Malaysian says there is much more to come.

Agilan Thani proudly flies Malaysia's flag this Friday ????????

Agilan "Alligator" Thani proudly flies Malaysia's flag this Friday ???????? Kuala Lumpur | 7 December | 6:30PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Facebook: Prelims LIVE | Twitter: Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onedestiny18

Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, 5 December 2018

“There are lots of things to learn in this game. The most impressive part of the sport that I’ve learned over the years is to have a very composed mind ahead of your fights,” he says.

“I learned this from my defeats to Ben Askren and Zebaztian Kadestam. No matter how skillful or good you are, your mind has to be at the same level of these top athletes.”

Ahead of his bout with Abbasov, Thani says he is fully prepared for his opponent.

“He’s pretty good, and I’ve seen his record and fight style,” he states.

“I’m ready for his tricks and style, I’m confident of securing a victory at my hometown, Kuala Lumpur.”

Kuala Lumpur | 7 December | 6:30PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super Apphttp://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Facebook: Prelims LIVE | Twitter: Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE | Ticketshttp://bit.ly/onedestiny18