The initial bouts for ONE Championships first show in Yangon have been announced for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on Friday, 8 March.
Newly crowned welterweight champion Zebaztian Kadestam of Sweden will make the first defense of his title against Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin of Kazakhstan in the main event.
Kadestam captured the vacant belt with a fifth-round knockout of previously unbeaten American Tyler McGuire last November. “The Bandit” is the first man to take the welterweight throne after the unstoppable run of Ben Askren.
He looks to make his first ONE World Title defense against the veteran Kichigin.
Kichigin, a grappling specialist who hails from Almaty in Kazakhstan, has amassed a 20-5 record, of which 16 victories have come by submission. “Knight” is currently riding a 14-fight win streak, having not lost a match since November 2014.
Also set for ONE: Reign of Valor is former bantamweight challenger Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, who makes his return to the ONE cage, following a short break from competition. The Finnish athlete, who is the Cage Warriors bantamweight champion, has been competing in ONE Championship since July 2015.
Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada is making his promotional debut after having competed in SFL and Brave Combat Federation. A winner of his last three bouts, Mangat steps into the ONE cage and looks to extend his win streak against Tauru.
Bozhena Antoniyar grew up in Loikaw, the capital city of Myanmar’s Kayah State. She began training in martial arts at the age of 16, and ultimately became a two-time National Boxing Champion. In February 2018, she made her ONE Championship debut and set a record for the fastest finish in ONE women’s history with a 24-second technical knockout victory over Shwe Sin.
Stepping up to face Bozhena Antoniyar is Malaysia’s Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface. Boniface trains out of Sabah’s renowned Borneo Tribal Squad under veteran coach AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor. A Taekwondo black belt, Boniface seeks her first victory in the ONE cage against Antoniyar.
Fighting Sister Debuts
The Philippines’ Jomary Torres is looking to get 2019 off to a hot start when she faces promotional newcomer Lin “Fighting Sister” Heqin.
Heqin is a 25-year-old Chinese martial arts star who is currently on a five-bout win streak. Heqin has registered multiple knockouts in her mixed martial arts career and will be looking to make a statement in her ONE debut by taking out Torres.
Also making his professional mixed martial arts debut is Tial Thang, who squares off with Cambodian Kun Khmer practitioner Rin Saroth, a former KWC 3 Featherweight Tournament Finalist with a 110-22 record in Kun Khmer.
Myanmar star Phoe Thaw will be hoping to get back to winning form when he meets “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo of Indonesia. Thaw, a Lethwei practitioner, burst onto the scene in impressive fashion. He won his first six MMA bouts, five of which by knockout in the first round. Last October, he suffered the first setback of his career and now, he is looking to get back on track with a win over a veteran martial artist.