Agilan “The Alligator” Thani, 22, of Malaysia has the drive to reinsert his name into the winner’s column after unsuccessfully dethroning ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 33. The Malaysian fighter chose not to wallow over his setback to the American champion.
Three months later, Thani jumped right back into action in front of a hometown crowd. He squared off with Egyptian stalwart Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed at “ONE: Quest for Greatness.”
Thani showed off new skills and techniques that he learned from training with the world-famous Team Quest. He scored a unanimous decision victory over Mohamed to place himself back on the winning track.
Even though Thani authored one of the most dominant performances of the night at that event, he admitted that his cage encounter against Mohamed held a little extra significance. Thani thoroughly routed Mohamed in dominant fashion over the course of three rounds to earn a unanimous decision.
However, it was the first time that Thani had never been past the second round as he had finished every opponent by either knockout or submission before then. He shared, “I trained so hard for that camp, and I realized that if your mind is not there, the training is just useless, (so for that) last match-up with Mohamed, all I wanted to do was to perform, and perform at my best level.”
“I am happy with what I did in the last boutm but if I got the finish, I would have been even happier,” Thani added. “Finishing a bout is the best feeling in the whole world. You just made a man quit. I just want to finish my opponent as quickly as possible, but if it goes 15 minutes, I will take it.”
On March 9, 2018, Thani will return to the ONE Championship cage in front of his countrymen at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He will face promotional newcomer Amitesh Chaubey, 27, of India on the undercard of “ONE: Visions of Victory.”