The flyweight mixed martial arts division was already stacked, and now, one of India’s top homegrown superstars is ready to crash the party.
The Bangalore resident is currently recovering from a shoulder injury, but he expects to be fully healed real soon. In the meantime, he spoke to ONEFC.com about his excitement, his thoughts on the flyweight division, and much more.
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ONE Championship: How does it feel to finally join ONE Championship?
Kantharaj Shankar Agasa: I had been planning to join ONE Championship for quite some time. Now, I am a part of the world’s biggest martial arts organization, so I am feeling really happy.
ONE: What do you think are your biggest strengths?
KSA: I have always believed that if the training camp is good, then your self-confidence gets a boost automatically. If not, it won’t be great.
I believe in hard work. I am confident about my grappling skills and I don’t let go of anyone easily once I get my grip. It doesn’t matter if my opponent is a great striker, I always look for the takedown and finish it with ground-and-pound or submission.
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ONE: You will be competing in the flyweight division. What are your thoughts about the division as a whole, and who would you like to fight in your debut?
KSA: ONE’s flyweight division has so many great superstars. I have faith in myself that if I have a good training camp before a bout, I can beat anyone.
I will be ready for whoever I get to fight. All I need is about two months’ worth of preparation so that I can analyze my opponent properly and make a game plan with the help of my team and coaches.
ONE: There are so many superstars in this division. What would be your dream matchup?
KSA: I want to fight Demetrious Johnson. I want to compete against him and test my skills against him so that I know the difference between us. Winning against him would be like a dream come true. Even if I were to lose, it would be a valuable experience, which is so important for any young athlete.
ONE: We heard you had a shoulder injury earlier this year. What happened, and when do you expect to be ready for competition?
KSA: I had come down to my hometown during the lockdown. Around mid-April, I was wrestling with a heavyweight wrestler. Because of the sweat, the ground was slippery. I went for a takedown and he also tried to evade it, but my hand slipped and he fell on me. My shoulder got injured and after about 20 days, I had surgery. But I should be fit by December.
ONE: What is your ultimate goal? What do you want to achieve in ONE Championship?
KSA: My goal is to become the ONE Flyweight World Champion. I want to prove that an athlete from a small town with limited facilities can do great things with hard work.