Leading exponents of lethwei, a form of martial art native to Myanmar, are on the cards at One Championship mixed martial art (MMA) competition scheduled November 3 at the Thuwana Indoor Stadium.
The competition will feature five of Myanmar’s ranking lethwei exponents – Phoe Thaw, Saw Ba Oo, Thapyay Nyo, Saw Min Min and Ye Thway Ne – when all but one of them will be up against a local opponent on a night of non-stop action billed as Hero’s Dream.
All fights will be contested under MMA rules.
Competing in One Championship is nothing new for Myanmar’s lethwei fighters. Actually some of them have become more famous for their exploits in MMA than in the traditional form of fighting, which is especially true of Phoe Thaw, whose stock has gone up since he became the MMA featherweight champion last year.
Phoe Thaw will fight Saw Ba Oo on the night. Both have experience fighting in MMA. Saw Ba Oo has long mileage in lethwei and a 2-1 MMA record, while Phoe Thaw is undefeated in MMA.
The other bout featuring an all-local cast pits Saw Min Min against Ye Thway Ne.
Lethwei golden belt holder Thapyay Nyo is the lone local to be taking on a foreign fighter, Asraful Islam of Bangladesh, on the night. Thapyay Nyo has a 4-0 record in MMA but all his fights so far have been against locals; this will be his first against a foreign opponent.
Elsewhere, it is Aung La Nsangvs versus Hong Kong’s Alain Ngalani, a title fight; Ma Hao Bin (China) vs Niko Soe (Singapore); Pongsiri Mitsatiti (Thailand) vs Jeremy Miado (Philippines); Chen Lei (China) vs Burn Soriano (Philippines); Miao Jie (China) vs Amira Hafizovic (Australia), Zhang Ze Hao (China) vs Bala Shetty (India), Nita Dea (Indonesia) vs Jomary Torres (Philippines).