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China’s Xie Wei earns 1st ONE Championship win, beats Chan Rothana at ‘ONE: Collision Course’ in Singapore

Xie Wei (©ONE Championship)

Xie Wei (©ONE Championship)

“The Hunter” Xie Wei (谢维), 24, of China was one of the winners at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Collision Course.” It marked the Chinese mixed martial artist’s first victory in the martial arts organization based in Singapore.

Featuring four MMA fights, one Muay Thai match and one kickboxing contest, “ONE: Collision Course” was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 18, 2020. The audience in attendance was limited due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the first bout of the evening, Xie fought Chan Rothana, 34, of Cambodia in an MMA bout in the flyweight division. Yuji Shimada served as the referee.

Shimada put a stop to the flyweight contest in the second round. Xie knocked out Rothana via ground and pound.

Winning at “ONE: Collision Course” improved the professional MMA record of Xie to 12 wins and 3 losses. It was a redemptive win for him as he was coming out of an unsuccessful ONE Championship debut.

On the other hand, Rothana now has 7 wins and 4 losses. It was the third time a Chinese opponent defeated him in ONE Championship.

 

Eight countries were represented at “ONE: Collision Course” namely Cambodia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. Rothana and Xie solely represented Cambodia and China, respectively.

Rothana stands 169 cm. He is training out of Selapak and Fight For Good (FFG) MMA in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Xie is 1 cm taller. He is training out of Sunkin International Fight Club in Shandong, China.

In 2019, Xie competed in won four bouts in ONE Hero Series. Before the year ended, the Chinese MMA fighter won one more bout in ONE Warrior Series.

“ONE: Collision Course” marked Xie’s second outing in ONE Championship. When he made his promotional debut on January 31, 2020, he lost via unanimous decision to Danny “The King” Kingad, 25, of the Philippines.

It was the second to the last ONE Championship event held in 2020. Dom Lau served as the cage announcer while Steve Dawson and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

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