Dragon Warrior Shanghai’s Tang Kai makes successful ONE Championship debut

Tang Kai, Olivier Coste, Sung Jong Lee (© ONE Championship)

Tang Kai, Olivier Coste, Sung Jong Lee (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Dragon Warrior Shanghai in Shanghaii, China, Tang Kai, 23, was one of the winners at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It marked his debut in ONE Championship.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the third bout of the evening, Tang faced Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea  in an MMA match in the featherweight division.

Tang left a lasting impression in his promotional debut. Living up to his reputation as a knockout artist, the Dragon Warrior Shanghai athlete got the job done by shutting the lights off on Lee with a thunderous high kick.

Olivier Coste served as the referee of the featherweight bout between Tang and Lee. The referee put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 14 seconds in the second round.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Tang’s professional MMA record to 9 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 4 wins and 4 losses.

Competing professionally since 2016, Tang is now riding a four-bout winning streak. Before joining ONE Championship, the Dragon Warrior Shanghai fighter earned three consecutive wins in Rebel Fighting Championship.

Aside from and China, South Korea and the Philippines, 11 other countries were represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” namely Algeria, Australia, Brazil,  India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States. Like Tang, “King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong, 25, also represented China.

In the main event of the evening, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil dethroned Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines as the ONE Flyweight World Champion. In the co-main event, Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States knocked out Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals.

Watch Tang’s ring walkout at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” here:

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