After briefly losing his steam, “The Hunter” Xie Wei has an opportunity to build some momentum and continue his charge toward the ONE Flyweight World Title.
This Friday, 28 May, the talented Chinese athlete will welcome India’s best homegrown mixed martial artist, Kantharaj Agasa “Kannadiga,” to the Circle at ONE: FULL BLAST – and he plans to use this co-main event showdown as a springboard to greater heights.
“Being a regular contender has never been my plan,” the 24-year-old says. “My eyes have always been on the gold.”
As Xie has shown in the past, his unbreakable focus and insatiable hunger can yield tremendous success.
For instance, when the Qingdao native first joined ONE Hero Series in January 2019, he was determined to destroy the competition and earn a spot on ONE Championship’s main roster.
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Xie signed his main roster contract following that impressive run, and he was especially proud to make a little bit of history in the process.
“I am the first one who graduated from ONE Hero Series to ONE Championship,” the flyweight says.
“That was a very tough journey. I got on a five-bout winning streak and had five finishes – four of which against the most dangerous guys in China – to get to this stage.”
Xie brought that phenomenal winning streak and his exciting reputation into his main roster debut against former ONE World Title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad at ONE: FIRE & FURY in January 2020.
The flyweights went back and forth in the competitive three-round affair, but ultimately, Kingad emerged with the decision win.
Although “The Hunter” was disappointed with the result, he proved that he could hang with the #2-ranked flyweight contender – and that performance spoke volumes.
“I have already passed the hardest test in my ONE debut against Danny Kingad, and to be honest, to this day, I still think I won that fight,” the Qingdao naive says. “But that’s just history now.”
Xie also realized that a few more victories and a couple tweaks to his game at Sunkin International Fight Club could lead him to a ONE Flyweight World Title shot in the future.
Now, the rising star has a chance to continue rolling against the highly regarded Agasa at ONE: FULL BLAST this Friday.
There’s no doubt the Indian grappling sensation will look to push the Chinese standout beyond his limits, but “The Hunter” has big dreams that he will keep chasing no matter the cost.
“I will get back to my winning streak very soon,” Xie adds. “And in the near future, I’ll become China’s first male World Champion.”