The Al­li­ga­tor vows to bite harder

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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