The 22 ONE Championship athletes competing at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” had their face-off during the media open workout at Junction City in Yangon, Myanmar on October 24, 2018. The fight night took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on October 26, 2018.
Morocco was represented at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness.” The fight card featured three ONE Super Series kickboxing contests and eight mixed martial arts matches.
Two Moroccan-Dutch kickboxers competed in the eighth bout of the evening. Ibrahim “Mr. Cool” El Bouni, 25, of Haarlem, Amsterdam, Netherlands faced Tarik Khbabez, 26, of the Hague, Netherlands in a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest in the light heavyweight division.
Referee Atsushi Onari put a stop to the light heavyweight kickboxing contest between El Bouni and Khbabez at 2:26 of Round 3. The former knocked out the latter.
Born in Rabat-Salé, Morocco, Khbabez was 6 years old when he and his family moved to the Hague. On the other hand, El Bouni was born and raised in Amsterdam.
El Bouni has developed into a true knockout artist with almost all of his wins coming by way of spectacular stoppage. He has put that overwhelming power to good use, even winning a one-night, eight-man tournament to become the A1WCC World Champion.
On the other hand, Khbabez is a former two-time Heavyweight Superkombat World Champion and is one of the most popular martial artists in the Netherlands. Training out of Arj Trainingen gym, he now holds a professional kickboxing record of 44 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw.
“ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” was the second ONE Championship event in Myanmar in 2018. Here are the official results:
- Flyweight bout: Rudy Agustian defeats Kaji Ebin by Submission (Americana) at 4:01 minutes of round 1
- Bantamweight bout: Ahmad Qais Jasoor defeats Ma Xu Dong by Knockout (KO) at 2:16 minutes of round 2
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Flyweight bout: Josh Tonna defeats Joseph Lasiri by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Welterweight bout: Luis Santos defeats Daichi Abe by Knockout (KO) at 0:33 minutes of round 1
- Flyweight bout: Ye Thway Ne defeats Mite Yine by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Bantamweight bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Ryan Jakiri by Knockout (KO) at 1:39 minutes of round 1
- Catch Weight bout (67.0kgs): Masakazu Imanari defeats Radeem Rahman by Submission (Armbar) at 1:23 minutes of round 1
- ONE Super Series Light Heavyweight Kickboxing bout: Tarik Khbabez defeats Ibrahim El Bouni by TKO at 2:26 minutes of round 3
- Featherweight bout: Keanu Subba defeats Phoe Thaw by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:47 minutes of round 1
- ONE Middleweight World Championship bout: Aung La N Sang defeats Mohammad Karaki by TKO (Strikes) at 2:21 minutes of round 1
Watch all the “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” bouts here: