Mud sprayed and men collided, and after 30 minutes of battling through a torrential downpour, the tournament was over: Myanmar’s Fighting Cocks watched as the Bali Geckos erupted into cheers after claiming victory in the AFL Asia Championships Division Two Grand Final in Ho Chi Minh City on October 15.
After Myanmar national team coach Gerd Zeise booted star striker Kyaw Ko Ko and midfielder Thiha Zaw off the squad two weeks ago, the team will return from a tour in Europe today two men short of a full roster.
The fight over the controversial Paung Laung Stadium is being taken to a higher level – all the way to the Lady herself.
Already adept in jiu-jitsu and aikido in addition to lethwei and karate, Phoe Thaw is a formidable match for Myanmar’s local fighters, but he has still yet to be tested by a foreign opponent. In 2017, he plans to change that.
From training under a bridge in North Okkalapa to fighting for a title belt in front of thousands of fans, martial artist Phoe Thaw has rapidly ascended the ranks of Myanmar’s combat elite. The former lethwei fighter will face off tonight at ONE Championship’s State of Warriors event against five other local fighters in the country’s inaugural MMA featherweight championship.
You might have guessed that the mixed martial artist – who steps into the ring tonight at ONE Championship's State of Warriors can unleash a mean kick, but journalism is about facts. RJ Vogt took a kick from "the Burmese Python" to find out.
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