Amir Khan is facing a renowned Sanda champion at ONE: Ascent to Power on Friday night (local time). The Singaporean is hoping for a striking battle because he wants to showcase his Muay Thai skills against Zhang Jing Xiong,
“I’ve been working on my Muay thai with Lumpinee champion Saketdao Petpayathai at Evolve MMA and you guys are gonna be surprised with my striking game as it is up by a whole new level,” he told MMA Weekly.
It won’t be the first time that Xiong has fought in Singapore. The Taiwanese lightweight competed on one of the first cards ever held in the country back in 2010, putting on a memorable war with current ONE Championship commentator Mitch Chilson.
Khan would have been just 15 years old at the time and although the fight made a few waves in the local scene he says he didn’t watch it until recently.
“I was aware of MMA back then, but I was not aware of Martial Combat and I only recently watched the fight on YouTube. He has won three fights in a row and has definitely improved a lot, but he better bring his ‘A’ game, if not it’s going to be an early night for him.”
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Of Khan’s five ONE Championship fights to date only one has gone the distance, with him registering four stoppage wins and a solitary split decision defeat. The 21-year-old seems to be better at finishing opponents than outpointing them and he says he’s also been working on his submission game.
“All the BJJ black belt world champions on the Evolve team have been helping me to ….View full article