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.