“The Ghost” Chen Rui, 22, of China is still an undefeated mixed martial artist. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the fourth bout of the evening, Chen faced Roman “Boom” Alvarez, 24, of Guam in an MMA match in the bantamweight division with Kemp Cheng as the referee.
Chen remained undefeated in his ONE Championship debut. He and Alvarez put on a striking battle in the first round as the two traded combinations in the exciting first five minutes of action.
Midway through the second round, Chen dropped Alvarez with a well-placed uppercut to the head and followed up with a storm of punches to claim the stoppage victory. Cheng put a stop to the bout after 2 minutes and 48 seconds when the Chinese contender knocked out his Guamanian opponent.
“Thanks to ONE Championship for giving me a chance to come back and fight again,” Chen said during his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson in the cage. “I will perform a lot, lot (more) good show(s) in the future.”
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Chen’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Alvarez now has 8 wins and 3 losses.
While Chen was one of the two fighters who represented China t “ONE: Reign of Valor,” Alvarez was the sole representative of Guam. Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.
In 2015, Chen started his MMA training and started competing professionally right away. In 2016, he claimed the ONE Jakarta Bantamweight Tournament Championship title at “ONE: Titles and Titans” in Jakarta, Indonesia.
From 2017 to 2018, Chen competed in Rebel Fighting Championship. Here is a clip from the recent bout between Chen and Alvarez in Yangon: