MMA, martial arts

India’s Gurdarshan Mangat earns 1st ONE Championship in Yangon, Myanmar

Gurdarshan Mangat, Olivier Coste, Toni Tauru

Gurdarshan Mangat, Olivier Coste, Toni Tauru

Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of India was one of the winners at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” It was the Indian-Canadian mixed martial artist’s first bout and first win in ONE Championship.

Born in Canada to Indian immigrants, Mangat has been competing professionally since 2011. He previously competed in Battlefield Fight League, Super Fight League and Brave Combat Federation before his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Reign of Valor.”

Featuring nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which were kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Reign of Valor” took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019. In the 10th bout of the evening, Mangat faced Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, 34, of Finland in an MMA match in the flyweight division with Olivier Coste as the referee.

A top-ranked Canada-based Indian MMA star, Mangat made a statement in his ONE Championship debut defeating a former ONE World Title challenger. He and Tauru went strike-for-strike in the first two rounds, making for an exciting back-and-forth contest.

In the final round, Mangat went for the finish. He dropped Tauru with a swift left hook before finishing things off with a jumping knee and some ground-and-pound at 1 minute and 23 seconds in the third round.

Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Mangat’s professional MMA record to 14 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Tauru now has 11 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.

Mangat and Tauru were the sole representatives of their respective countries at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” The other countries represented were Australia, Cambodia, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Here is a clip featuring Mangat and Tauru:

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