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The Better My Opponent, the Better Version of Me” – Regian Eersel Eyes an Expansion of His Legacy Against Dmitry Menshikov

Published 06/05/2023, 6:11 PM EDT

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Two-sport ONE World Champion Regian Eersel will look to further cement his dominance in the promotion’s lightweight Muay Thai division when he defends the World Title again in his upcoming bout. “The Immortal” will put the coveted strap on the line against promotional newcomer Dmitry Menshikov in the main event of ONE Fight Night 11 inside Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on Friday, June 9.

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The Surinamese superstar has been untouchable in his ONE tenure so far. He has amassed nine wins from as many fights and gained two World Titles in kickboxing and Muay Thai.


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Regian Eersel was motivated by the tough challenge Dimitry Menshikov would present

Given his dominance and status as king of the lightweight division in both sports, Eersel knows he has a target on his back, and he welcomes all comers in either striking art.

“For me, it doesn’t matter if it is Muay Thai or kickboxing, or both. Both sports are a challenge for me because I’m the champion. It’s important for me, and it’s a challenge for me to defend them both. Just to build my legacy, you know, so they’re both important for me, and I like both,” he told ONE Championship.


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“The Immortal’s” upcoming opponent will be one of the most dangerous fighters he has ever stepped inside the ring with. Menshikov owns 19 knockouts in his 27 professional wins and is riding and incredible 11-fight win streak heading into his ONE debut. Instead of feeling intimidated by the Russian’s record, however, Eersel feels motivated to take on and put down such an impressive foe to add to his own jaw-dropping 21-fight streak of victories.

Regian Eersel lauded his opponent and accepted his excitement for the bout


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He credits Menshikov for his skill set and fight approach and looks forward to squaring off with him inside the ring at ONE Fight Night 11. “My thoughts are he is a very good fighter. He puts the pressure on a lot. He comes swinging with hooks. He has a lot of knockouts, so we’re going to put my name to the test once again. The better my opponent, the better version of me also. Yeah, I’m excited,” Eersel said.

Their match and the rest of ONE Fight Night 11 will be broadcast live and for free on Prime Video for fans across North America on June 9.


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Written by:

Souvik Roy


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Souvik Roy is an exceptional UFC writer with an impressive portfolio of over 500 articles at EssentiallySports. The young writer did not allow speech impairment to come in the way of his love for writing and covering fights. As a keen observer, Souvik's passion for MMA was sparked when he discovered the UFC after being introduced to WWE.
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