Chinese star “King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong wants nothing more than to make his country proud, and he hopes his first victory under the ONE Championship banner will do just that.
On Saturday, 15 June, he will square off against Egypt’s Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed in a middleweight showdown on the preliminary card of ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST, which emanates from the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
The 25-year-old is ready to kick off his winning streak in The Home Of Martial Arts and begin his chase towards the ONE Middleweight World Championship.
“I am really looking forward to my first win in ONE,” the Haerban resident says. “I trained very hard every day, and I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time.”
Fan’s excitement to compete is even more pronounced given the fact that he will do so on home soil in front of his countrymen.
“It means so much to me because it will be happening in China, and of course there will be many fans to watch my fight and cheer for me,” he continues.
“I want to give my best performance, and let the Chinese fans see my victory and my growth.”
Looking to play the spoiler is Mohamed, an imposing figure who has spent the past two years away from the ring in an effort to further build up his skill set.
The Cairo native is an EFC Light Heavyweight Champion who believes he has an edge in the wrestling department.
While Fan respects “The Shark,” he sees an opponent who offers him some key advantages in their upcoming contest — most notably, speed.
“He has big muscles, so he tends to be slow in his movements. Also, he might not be that flexible, so I will be faster than him,” the Chinese hero says.
“I watched his previous fights. His strength is good, and his ground game and his judo throws are good, too.”
Fan also believes he has the upper hand when it comes to striking. Because of that, he expects to finish this match-up on the feet.
“I think it will end by striking,” he offers. “I think my opportunity to win is through the stand-up.”
The Chinese star, who trains out of Longyun MMA, has a knack for finishing his opponents inside the distance.
In fact, each of his last eight victories came via stoppage, and all but one of his 11 career wins came via submission or TKO.
When Fan enters the Baoshan Arena for his showdown with his Egyptian rival, he will do everything possible to elevate both of those numbers.
“I will try my best to give a watchable and encouraging performance for my fans,” he says.
“My fans should be excited because I’m even more prepared for this bout. I want to show them my own style, I want to represent China well, and I want to represent the country at a high level. I can do it.”