ONE Championship returned to the Koch Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Dec. 5 for ONE Championship: Kingdom of Khmer. The promotion’s inaugural trip to Cambodia featured former ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes defending his title. While there were no title fights on this trip, there was a battle of young lightweight prospects headlining the 10-fight card.
The main event of the evening featured the return of Hawaiian-born prospect Lowen Tynanes. The undefeated Tynanes welcomed 24-year-old Russian prospect Rasul Yakhyaev to the circular cage. Tynanes had impressed since joining the promotion in 2013 following a bloody beatdown of popular ONE Championship lightweight Eduard Folayang in his opponent’s home country. With three impressive wins in the promotion already, Tynanes was looking for another victory in his hopes to capture the ONE lightweight championship from the current titleholder Shinya Aoki. Yakhyaev looked to play the role of spoiler and follow the path of fellow Russian fighters Marat Gafurov and Vitaly Bigdash on his way to ONE Championship gold.
In the evening’s co-main event, two members of the famed Phuket Top Team gym in Thailand clashed in an attempt to move up the flyweight rankings. Anatpong “Mak Mak” Bunrad was scheduled to take on Japanese brawler Asuka “Riku Shibuya” Mikami before Mikami pulled out of the fight due to an injury. With just a week before the event, top Malaysian prospect Gianni Subba was tabbed to replaced the Japanese fighter.
The fight card began at 7 a.m. ET. It will be posted on the promotion’s YouTube page shortly after its completion.