Bushido brims with mo­ti­va­tion af­ter loss

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

PHOE Thaw brims with mo­ti­va­tion af­ter yield­ing to Malaysian stand­out last Fri­day Phoe “Bushido” Thaw might have lost his most re­cent bout in­side the ONE Cham­pi­onship cage, but it only ig­nited his de­sire to be­come a more well-rounded com­peti­tor in the world of mixed mar­tial arts.

Phoe Thaw suf­fered first ca­reer set­back in front of his coun­try­men, yield­ing to Malaysian sen­sa­tion Keanu Subba via first-round sub­mis­sion in the co-main event of ONE: PUR­SUIT OF GREAT­NESS last Fri­day, 26 Oc­to­ber at the Thuwunna In­door Sta­dium in Yan­gon, Myan­mar.

The 33-year-old na­tive of Yan­gon, Myan­mar came fully pre­pared in his match with Subba, but his Malaysian op­po­nent took ad­van­tage of an er­ror and locked in a deep guil­lo­tine choke that si­lenced the home­town crowd.

De­spite tast­ing his first de­feat of his flour­ish­ing mixed mar­tial arts stint, Phoe Thaw has noth­ing but re­spect for his Malaysian op­po­nent, who picked up his sec­ond-straight win since yield­ing to for­mer world ti­tle con­tender Chris­tian “The War­rior” Lee in 2017.

“I re­spect and ad­mire Gianni Subba a lot be­cause he’s a great com­peti­tor. He im­proved a lot since his loss to Chris­tian Lee. He came pre­pared for this match, but he was the bet­ter man on that night. This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for me to learn and im­prove my skill set as a mixed mar­tial arts ath­lete,” he said.

Phoe Thaw stressed that he has al­ready ac­cepted the out­come of his bout against Subba and ad­mit­ted that his heart­break­ing set­back has made him re­al­ize of the things he need to work on as a mixed mar­tial artist.

“The loss might be a bit­ter pill for me to take, but I’m def­i­nitely sure that I will learn many things from it,” he stated “I trained al­most ev­ery day to im­prove. I’ll take this loss as a big les­son. I’m con­fi­dent that I’ll come back stronger af­ter this.”

Al­though his back is against the wall, Phoe Thaw is still gaz­ing at the bright side of his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, promis­ing a new and im­proved ver­sion of him­self.

“I’ll take my game to the next level, and you will be see­ing a dif­fer­ent Phoe Thaw in my next out­ing on the ONE Cham­pi­onship stage,” he con­cluded.

Pho­tos: Zarni Phyo

Phoe Thaw of Myan­mar (left) and Malaysia’s Keanu Subba fight at Thuwunna Sta­dium in Yan­gon on Fri­day.

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