ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD is upon us, and our heroes are ready to continue chasing their respective dreams of a world championship this coming Friday, 23 February, at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The event will feature a world title bout, four dynamic lightweight contenders on the verge of a title shot, amazing local talent, and plenty more. As such, we have all the stellar statistics behind their pursuits for glory.
Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang (21-10, 1 NC) bids to become a two-division world champion when he takes on Brazil’s Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado (8-2) for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Title in the main event.
- Aung La N Sang already holds the ONE Middleweight World Title, as well as a quartet of ONE records. “The Burmese Python” owns the records for the most bouts (six), most wins (five), most finishes (three), and most submissions (two) in ONE middleweight history.
- With his victory over Aleksei Butorin in July 2016, Aung La N Sang also has the second-fastest submission in ONE middleweight history at 2:38 of round one.
- The Myanmar hero is a renowned finisher, boasting an impressive 90 percent finish rate, consisting of seven knockouts and 12 submissions from his 21 career victories inside the cage.
- Also, “The Burmese Python” is deadly in the opening round of his bouts, as 15 of his 19 stoppage victories have come inside the very first round.
- BJJ black belt Machado comes into the bout as a multiple champion, having captured the Peru FC Heavyweight Title, and the Armagedon Fight Heavyweight Title.
- The Brazilian is a seasoned grappler, and earlier in his career captured both Brazilian and Pan-American BJJ titles.
- “Bebezao” has a career finishing rate of 88 percent, with three knockouts and four submissions to his name.
- Malaysian-born Kiwi Ting is a former ONE Lightweight World Title challenger, and a New Zealand no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion.
- “E.T.” has a 65 percent finish rate, with five wins coming by way of knockout and four bouts finished via submission.
- Ting has the second-most victories in any weight class in ONE Championship history with eight wins.
- The Malaysian is also ranked third in the all-time bout finishes list, having stopped six of his opponents in the ONE cage to date.
- Sexton is a two-time Costa Rica National Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion, and earned his BJJ black belt under the legendary Renzo Gracie.
- The Canada-born Costa Rican grappler has a flawless finishing rate, having finished each and every one of his wins inside the distance with three knockouts and eight submissions to his name.
In an enticing clash between proven knockout artists, Singapore’s Amir Khan (9-2) and Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin (11-3) meet in Yangon, with each man looking to move closer to a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Title.
- Singaporean Muay Thai champion Khan is tied for the most wins in ONE history, with nine wins inside the ONE cage to date.
- Khan’s record also boasts the most finishes (eight) and most knockouts (seven) in ONE history.
- Khan is currently riding a six-bout win streak, with an overall finish rate of 89 percent, thanks to seven knockouts and one submission.
- The Singaporean young lion is also a fast finisher, with six of his wins coming by way of first-round stoppage.
- FILA Pankration World Champion Nastykhin heads into the bout with a 91 percent finish rate, with six knockouts and four submissions to his name.
- All but one of Nastyukhin’s victories have come by stoppage, with all 10 of his career stoppage wins coming inside the very first round.
- Nastyukhin has the fastest knockout and finish in the promotion’s history. He stopped Australia’s Rob Lisita in just six seconds at ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS in May 2016.
- Phoe Thaw is unbeaten in his martial arts career, winning all five of his career bouts to date, and is the ONE Myanmar Featherweight Tournament 2016 champion.
- The Myanmar talent has made a huge impact already, winning four of those five bouts by knockout, tying the record for most KOs in ONE featherweight history and earning a finish rate of 80 percent.
- With his five wins all coming inside the ONE cage, Phoe Thaw’s wins rank him third in the list of most wins in the promotion’s featherweight history.
- Phoe Thaw’s 22-second knockout of Kat Pali at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in October 2016 is the second-fastest KO and finish in ONE featherweight history.
- Cambodia’s Sor Sey is riding a three-bout win streak, with all three of those wins coming inside the distance.
- Prior to his cage career, Sor Sey was a decorated Kun Khmer practitioner, competing in over 200 bouts and winning 145 of them
- Kim is a former ONE Bantamweight World Title challenger, and fourth-degree taekwondo black belt with a 13-2 Muay Thai record.
- The South Korean’s three tapouts have tied him for the most submissions in ONE bantamweight history. That also earns him a spot at third for most overall bantamweight finishes.
- Kim has an overall finish rate of 75 percent, with three KOs and six submissions to his name. Seven of those finishes came inside the first round.
- Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion Takenaka comes into the bout with an unbeaten 11-bout record.
- Takenaka’s nine-bout winning run gives him the second-longest active win streak in ONE today, and his career record boasts a 60 percent finishing rate, with two knockouts and four submissions.
- Five of Takenaka’s six stoppage wins came inside the opening round.