MAS Fight looks to Hong Kong for second World Grand Prix

Mark Godbeer and Ismael Lazaar put on a showstopper in Macau.

After a roaring debut in Macau last weekend, newly launch MAS Fight is eyeing a return early 2019 and has its sights set on Hong Kong for its second World Grand Prix.

MAS Fight had its debut at The Venetian Macao with an eight-fight card headlined by Chinese Monk Yi Long, who finished his 7ft 2in opponent Choi Hong-Man early into single the nine-minute round.

The debut card saw competitors from MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing and powerlifting hunt for a share of the HK$3 million prize pool, alongside live music from a Michal Jackson cover band and even pole dancing.

On all fronts, MAS was a highly entertaining card with a refreshing format.

Opening up the eight-fight card was a lightweight clash with between Lethwei fighter Tin Tun Aung and MMA veteran Denis Puric. Over nine minutes Puric threw everything he had a the Burmese fighter, using spinning back fists, elbows and flying knees to secure a knockout. But Tin Tun Aung proved too resilient and the fight went the distance.

That was welcomed news for Steven Banks, the American Muay Thai fighter who caught his heavyweight opponent Freyded Rankyn with a cheeky elbow just seconds into the nine-minute round and sent him to the canvass with a deep gash on his head. Banks picked up a HK$50,000 bonus for his efforts.

The next six months should see MAS Fight host another two events. After Hong Kong MAS promoter Tony Chen said Thailand is next on its agenda, where Buakaw will likely face Yi Long for a third time.


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