Chinese martial arts ace Li Kai Wen is preparing to make a definitive statement as he makes his first trip to the cage this 2018. Three months ago, his much-awaited return to ONE Championship ended in an unfortunate fashion.
Li is scheduled to duke it out with the Philippines’ Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro at “ONE: Quest for Gold” at the iconic Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on February 26, 2018. It will be a three-round featherweight affair on the undercard.
After winning the ONE Featherweight Beijing Tournament in 2014, Li cemented his position as one of the most fearsome young competitors from China. He utilizes his tremendous striking ability and aggression to overwhelm foes with his offense, which has resulted in a series of impressive highlight-reel stoppages so far in his budding career.
Originally, Li was slated to face Rodian Menchavez at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” but the Filipino veteran was forced to withdraw from the contest due to an injury. Rosauro accepted the offer to step in for compatriot Menchavez and square off against an up-and-coming martial arts talent like Li in his promotional debut.
Holding a professional record of 4-1, Rosauro is a practitioner of the Filipino martial arts discipline Yaw-Yan, a Filipino style of kickboxing with emphasis on hip-torquing motion and delivering attacks from long range as well as the downward-cutting nature of its kicks. Li is aiming to build some steam towards his campaign of becoming China’s first ONE Featherweight World Champion and will welcome a gutsy Filipino opponent to the ONE Championship cage at “ONE: Quest for Gold.”
The main event of “ONE: Quest for Gold” is a bout for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion. The contenders are Alexandre Machado of Brazil and the reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.