Thanh Le Returns Against Tang Kai at ONE 160; ONE Championship Brings Two Major Events to Kickoff Amazon Prime Video Deal

Published 06/25/2022, 6:30 AM EDT

ONE Championship announced a mega title bout as their headliner for ONE 160. The August 26 event will go down a day before ONE 161: Moraes vs. Johnson ll, the promotion’s first-ever prime time U.S. show on the Amazon Prime deal. But before that, Featherweight king, Thanh Le, will put up his strap against #1 ranked Tang Kai at ONE 160 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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The guaranteed-to-be chaotic bout could see the challenger, Tang Kai, securing the first ONE world championship for China. Whereas, the Vietnamese-American will have only one goal in his mind—total domination.

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Both fighters are riding phenomenal winning streaks in the promotion.

Kai, who is undefeated inside ONE Circle, has won 6 bouts in a row since making his ONE Championship debut in 2019 against Sung Jong Lee. The Dragon Gym standout has finished four of these six wins. Besides, he’s on a three-fight finishing streak; All of them came in the first round.

Thanh Le, on the other hand, also undefeated inside ONE Circle, has a five-fight winning streak on his resume at ‘The Home of Martial Arts’. The 36-year-old has never seen the judges’ scorecard, as he finished all of his bouts with impressive T/KOs.

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Thus, this bout at ONE 160 will be a great start to the subsequent event which will have a blockbuster rematch between flyweight champion, Adriano Moraes and the MMA GOAT, Demetrious Johnson.

ONE 160 main event fighters talked about their upcoming title bout

The promotion’s decision to add two gigantic events back-to-back will be a treat for the fans, as both bouts have some of the best talents of ONE showcasing their skills.

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The August 26 event was announced on a virtual call, where both the champion and challenger gave their initial thoughts about the matchup, which heated up things between them.

“I want him [Tang Kai] to feel the championship rounds, to feel he doesn’t belong in there for five rounds with the champ,” the 36-year-old said.

Whereas, the challenger offered, “I respect him [Thanh Le] a lot, but he’s also 36 years old, and I think he should really be considering retirement.”

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What do you make of ONE Championship putting on back-to-back mega cards? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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