Taiwanese welterweight Jeff Huang returns after two-year spell

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JEFF HUANG ASIA MMA

After nearly two years sitting on the sidelines, Taiwanese welterweight Jeff Huang will make his long-awaited return to action on 10 February.

Huang is slated to square off with undefeated Malaysian prospect Agilan Thani on the undercard of ONE: Throne of Tigers, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“The Machine” has not gone the distance in his four-year MMA career, with six of his victories ending in spectacular fashion.

Huang cemented that standing when he scored a first-round stoppage win over Indian kickboxer Bala Shetty in his July 2014 promotional debut.

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Following his spectacular performance against Shetty, Huang followed it up by submitting Indonesian veteran Zuli Silawanto with a first-round rear-naked choke four months later.

In his third assignment with ONE Championship, Huang finished Filipino fighter Trestle Tan with a furious combination to earn a first-round TKO in November 2015.

Huang (6-2) did not mince words about his return to the ONE Championship cage.

“I miss being there,” he said. “I’m happy that I am back where I belong. It’s great to open the year with a fight in ONE Championship.”

On a roll

His primary objective in his comeback bout is to extend his winning roll in ONE Championship, but he knows that it will be a difficult task. The man standing in his way is Thani, who has an unblemished 6-0 record as a professional MMA fighter.

Agilan in action: Photo: David Ash (SingaporeMaven).

In addition, Thani has shown steady improvement in each outing, with five of his six victories ending in the first round.

“I have a great opponent in front of me. But we are not here to ask for an easy fight. As a fighter, I want a challenge in order to level up and improve as an athlete in this constantly-evolving sport. It’s good that I have a talented fighter as my next opponent,” Huang stated.

Although he has a tall order in front of him, Huang remains optimistic that he will have his hand raised against Thani.

“It’s the perfect match-up for me. We studied some of his past fights. I can see some loopholes in his game that could play into my advantage in the fight. I am confident that I can win. I had a wonderful training camp for this return. Let’s see on February 10,” he stressed.

Huang believes that a convincing victory over Thani will put him into a much higher pedestal in ONE Championship’s welterweight division.

“Agilan Thani is on a roll in the division. I’ve won three-straight fights in ONE Championship. A win in this fight will definitely put me a little closer to a title shot,” he ended.