Training out of China Top Team, “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu, 30, of Horqin, Inner Mongolia, China was one of the winners at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.
Featuring five mixed martial arts bouts and seven ONE Super Series bouts, which included three kickboxing contests and four Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the first bout of the evening, Hexigetu faced Ovais “The Enigma” Shah, 30, of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan in an MMA match in the strawweight division with Yoshinori Umeki as the referee.
The two athletes put together a highly competitive technical battle. It featured Shah’s rangy striking and Hexigetu’s wrestling.
After three five-minute rounds, the strawweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Umeki raised the hand of Hexigetu, who was declared as the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional MMA record of Hexigetu to 6 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Shah now has 3 wins and 3 losses.
Hexigetu was the CMPC 2015 Fighter of the Year and the former CMSL Champion. Exposed to Mongolian wrestling at an early age, he started training sanda in 2010 and made his professional MMA debut in 2014.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Hexigetu’s second ONE Championship bout. He previously competed in Kingway and Beijing Combat, Dacheng Wuyi and War Promise, among others.
While Hexigetu was one of the two fighters who represented China at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Shah solely represented Pakistan. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.
More photos of the bout between Hexigetu and Shah is available on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap by Stephen Dawson and Mitch Chilson here: