Both men enjoyed spells of success at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but it was hometown hero Khan who edged his Malaysian rival via split decision.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, November 22, 2019
Friday, 22 November, Ting came out more aggressively, but Khan was patient and countered as he was pushed backward.
The Evolve representative mostly managed to stay away from danger, and then landed the most significant blow of the bout when he uncorked a horizontal elbow that caused huge damage to Ting’s nose.
“E.T.” pushed through the pain and continued to press forward and land more strikes in the pocket during round two, but Khan’s clinching game stopped him from putting any combinations together and accumulating much damage.
Knowing he needed another plan, the Auckland MMA representative took the match to the canvas with a perfectly-timed single-leg takedown, but once again, Khan did not allow his assailant to land enough strikes to take a clear lead.
It was a similar story in the third and final stanza as the local favorite tried to slip and counter as Ting charged forward in search of a finish with his left hooks.
“E.T.” became frustrated, and invited Khan to stand and trade, but he smartly kept his composure, and continued to counter and clinch as the contest came to a close – though he was caught with one more crisp left hook before the bell.
After three close rounds, Khan got his hand raised thanks to a split decision, which improved his record to 12-6 as he ended his three-bout winless run.