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Fight Science MMA’s Sovannahry Em makes successful ONE Championship debut, represents Cambodia in Malaysia

Iryna Kyselova, Kemp Cheng, Sovannahry Em (© ONE Championship)

Iryna Kyselova, Kemp Cheng, Sovannahry Em (© ONE Championship)

Representing Fight Science MMA, Cambodian-American mixed martial artist Sovannahry Em, 26, of Long Beach, California, United States made a successful ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was the last event of the Singapore-based martial arts organization in 2018.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” featured nine MMA matches and four Muay Thai contests. The first bout of the evening was between Em and Iryna “Delsa” Kyselova, 23, of Ukraine in the women’s flyweight division.

Em made quick work of Kyselova as the former effortlessly imposed her will on the latter. The Cambodian-American fighter scored a takedown and latched herself onto her Ukrainian opponent’s back.

In back mount, Em relentlessly pounded Kyselova with solid blows, forcing referee Kemp Cheng to put a stop to the contest at 1:21 of Round 1. The Cambodian-American contender won via technical knockout.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” marked Kyselova’s second ONE Championship bout and losing to Em downgraded her professional MMA record to 10 wins and 4 losses. Training out of YK Promotion, Kyselova was the only Ukrainian on the card.

On the other hand, Em improved her professional record to 3 wins and 0 loss. She and Chan Rothana, 32, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia were the only Cambodians on the card.

Em was introduced to martial arts in 2012. She initially trained in boxing and Jiu-Jitsu and eventually added wrestling, judo and Pradal Serey, an ancient martial art from the kingdom of Khmer, to her arsenal.

At “ONE: Destiny of Champions,” Em was with her coach Justen Hamilton. The former and Chan Rothana, 32, were the only Cambodians on the card.

Including Cambodia and Ukraine, there were 18 countries represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

For more photos from the bout between Em and Kyselova, visit Top Sports Asia. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE: Destiny of Champions” bouts here:

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