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Chan Rothana has a ‘good chance’ of beating Chinese rival, says MMA expert

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A Cambodia-based British mixed martial arts (MMA) expert said Chan Rothana has a ‘good chance’ of beating his Chinese opponent in their upcoming bout in Singapore.

The Cambodian martial arts legend and Cellcard brand ambassador will face Xie Wei later today in a flyweight MMA bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The much-anticipated fight between Chan and Xie is part of ONE Championship’s “ONE: COLLISION COURSE”.  The event will have five other bouts featuring fighters from Russia, Thailand, United States, Singapore and South Korea.

Alan Mccune, head coach at Kun Khmer Warriors Fight Team and Phnom Penh MMA, said Chan has the experience to beat Xie. Mccune is also the trainer of Nou Srey Pov, Cambodia’s top female MMA fighter.

“Rothana has a good chance of winning against his Chinese opponent.  My Reason is that Rothana has the experience of over 200 fights and in ONE (Championship), he has seven wins and three losses,” he pointed out.

Xie, for his part, has slightly more wins in ONE Championship at 11 and three losses.

Mccune also noted that Chan has the desire to fight hard and is highly-skilled.

“I have seen that Rothana has the desire to fight hard, and when put into bad situations, he finds a way to escape and dominate,” he said.

“Rothana has great boxing hands and has good sprawls to escape takedown attempts and has been kept in superb shape by his strength coach Lorenzo (Lanzafame) and other trainers at his Selapak gym,” he added.

Chan, according to him, also managed to gain some training at Kiri Jiu jitsu, a premier martial arts training centre in Phnom Penh.

“The only difference I can see is that Xie (Wei) has been the more active fighter and Rothana’s last ONE fight was one year and five months ago,” he noted.

Chan’s previous bout was against Gustavo Balart of Cuba, whom he beat via a unanimous decision in August 2019.

“Rothana should, in my opinion, focus on his Kun Khmer boxing skills.  He has superb power in the hands and has devastating elbows and a cheeky fighting style that has seen him victorious over wrestlers of high calibre in the past,” he stressed.

 

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