On July 13, 2018, ONE Championship will return to Malaysia for “ONE: Pursuit of Power” featuring seven mixed martial arts matches and three striking-only bouts on the ONE Super Series bouts. The ONE Super Series card has one kickboxing contest and two Muay Thai contests.
The kickboxing contest is between Sergej “Kuvalda” Maslobojev, 31, of Lithuania and Florent Kaouachi of France. They will battle it out in the middleweight division.
With Atsushi Onari as the referee, the ONE Super Series middleweight kickboxing match between Maslobojev and Kaouachi will be the sixth bout at “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” which will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be the second striking-only contest of the evening.
Training out of Sparta Fight Gym under Andrius Sipaila, Maslobojev aims to become the next ONE Super Series Champion. The striking-only league of Championship currently has one champion, reigning ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, 34, of Thailand.
“ONE: Pursuit of Power” marks Maslobojev’s second ONE Super Series bout. On May 12, 2018 at “ONE: Grit and Glory,” the Lithuanian martial artist made a successful debut in the league by outperforming his Croatian opponent Antonio Plazibat, 24.
On the other hand, Kaouachi is making his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” The French martial artist is training out of Mahmoudi Gym in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Val de Marne, France.
“ONE: Pursuit of Power” will kick off with the first striking-only bout of the evening. Petchdam Kaiyanghadao of Bangkok, Thailand and Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Canberra, Australia will compete in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division.
The main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power” is a welterweight bout between Thani and Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden. The co-main event is a ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight contest between “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France.
Thani had his most recent win at “ONE: Visions of Victory.” Here is a recap of the event: