Ahead of ONE Championship: Visions of Victory, FOX Sports Asia brings you our predictions for the Agilan Thani v Amitesh Chaubey fight.
With the UFC taking the weekend off, it gives a chance for the regional MMA promotions to enjoy some time in the spotlight. We have an interesting bout at ONE Championship: Visions of Victory set for March 9th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The main event was originally scheduled for Adriano Moraes versus Reece McLaren, but the fight was scrapped due to Moraes injuring his knee, with hometown favourite Gianni Subba stepping in instead. Meanwhile in the co-main event of the evening, we will see the destruction of a ONE Championship newcomer.
India’s Amitesh Chaubey (5-4), knows how to put on a show. He is cocky, arrogant, reckless, and constantly talks smack before and during the fight, famously finishing the even cockier Jason Solomon in nine seconds at Super Fight League 43.
This kid will come out strong and throw everything but the kitchen sink at his opponent. He sometime puts himself in bad positions in order to land a few shots, risking an easy sweep.
From the bottom, he tries to lock his opponent down and waits for a standup from the ref or looks for the chance to sweep. When he does get taken down he throws up submission attempts, but I don’t think he really knows how to finish them. It also seems that wrestlers drain his gas tank, as he definitely prefers to keep fights standing.
Unfortunately for Chaubey, Malaysian stand-out Agilan ‘The Alligator’ Thani (8-1) is exactly his kryptonite. Thani has suffered only one loss in his career, at the hands of long time ONE Champion Ben Askren. I had to brush up on his fighting style, so I checked out some footage. I was wholly impressed with this young fighter, being only 22.
Thani is a wrestler with great reaction time, good power and a gas tank for days. He is not afraid to stand and throw, but prefers to be pushing the pace, with devastating ground and pound. And I do mean devastating. He loves throwing as much as possible, and every punch or elbow I saw hurt me to watch.
So this fight should be somewhat of a spectacle. Chaubey is making his ONE debut, so maybe under the big lights he will calm down and stop acting like an ass. He does have talent, but I am not sure he will be able to handle the pressure of ‘The Alligator’.
This fight being Thani’s ninth for ONE, means that he has plenty of experience in their circular cage. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one end early in favor of Thani. However, if Chaubey gets lucky and clips him, we may see the new ONE fighter walk away with his hands raised, although it seems highly unlikely.
Tommy “WildCard” Hayden is a former UFC fighter and Head MMA Coach at Elite Fight Club, Bangkok.