The Alligator vows to bite harder
MIXED Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Agilan Thani has vowed to come back stronger after his first career loss, against One Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren in Singapore, last weekend.
“I have learned many things and I did not give it my very best as I had many things going on in my head.”
Nicknamed the Alligator, Agilan’s title fight ended just past the two-minute mark of the first round at the One: Dynasty of Heroes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, giving his opponent Askren a clean 16-0 career record with five of his opponents submitting.
Agilan, 21, refused to speak to the press after the bout, but when he did finally open up, he expressed his thanks to the fans.
“I would like to say thanks to the fans who came all the way from Kuala Lumpur. Even though we are only next door, the cost of living in Singapore is very high and yet there were so many people that turned up, so thank you, so much.”
The Sentul lad wants to get back up on his feet and fight again because he owes it to those who have supported him since day one.
“I would very much like to fight again. I will take this loss as a pat on my back to move forward and stop rushing into things.”
Agilan was one of the two Malaysians to be given a chance to fight for a title at the One Championship franchise.
Ev Ting was the first Malaysian who took a title shot but lost to home crowd favourite and One Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang in Manila, last month.
One Championship’s next event will take place in Yangon, Myanmar on June 30. It is set to feature One Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash against Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang in the main event of the night. Farah Azharie
Agilan ‘The Alligator’ Thani in his bout against One Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last week.