In a lightweight fight, Malaysian-Kiwi spitfire Ev “E.T.” Ting defeated another notable name in the promotion’s stacked lightweight division, routing Koji “The Commander” Ando of Japan. It was a striking showcase from start to finish as both men delivered shattering blows, particularly Ev with powerful high round house that battered Ando.
|Click to watch the hi-lights of Ev vs Koji|
ET: Cage feels like do or die and the ring feels more like a demonstration of skills and yes correct haven’t competed in one for awhile but still often train in one. I enjoyed it and look forward to more ventures in there.
WRB: Going into the fight vs Koji, did you prepare with lots of wresting & take down defense?
ET: Yes, every camp I’m always improving on all aspects, but was certainly aware of his judo credentials and his submission finishes. So the game-plan was to keep my range to pick him apart.
WRB: Were you surprise that Koji prefered to stand and trade and hardly attempt any take down?
ET: Koji is one of the toughest competitors out there and has a mindset of a real samurai.
I think the first round he was looking for take-downs until he realised it wasn’t there due to my range and movement therefore he adjusted and came back slightly in the 2nd.
WRB: Take us through the fight? You pressured him by much of combos and high kicks in first two rounds, but Koji seems to have more output in the 3rd round. Tell us about that knee in the 3rd round.
ET: I took the lead in the striking in the first, Koji adjusted and started walking me down in the 2nd, took me awhile to adjust but once I did I was able to time some combos and also that knee where I missed the first couple times with the right, so switched it to the left and it connected. Much respect to such a tough opponent.
|Ev Ting signature jumping knee connecting Ando in the 3rd round. Pic by YK TANG Photography
WRB: Of the 3 wins after you challenge Eduard, which win was the hardest and most satisfying? What’s the thing that changes most since the loss to Eduard?
ET: Each win since my title shot is just another learning curve and what has changed most is my mindset, instead of trying to please everyone I just invested in myself and smart training. Smarter and harder now.
WRB: You clearly wants to challenge Martin for the lightweight title, do you think it should be your next fight?
Absolutely it should be the next fight, no other lightweight contender have taken out the contenders I’ve had.
WRB: When do you think you ready to fight? If ONE didn’t give you that title fight, will you fight in KL card in July?
ET: Yes I’ve been campaigning for this but being 3 weeks out and he has another invented interim belt, it may be unlikely, but absolutely I will be ready. I’m not scared of any lightweight on his planet.
WRB: Tell us about your relationship with Martin? have you train with him before? What do you think of his recent win vs Christian Lee? How do you think your style vs Martin will play out in a title fight?
ET: We are both sponsored by the same gym Saigon Sports Club, while I spent over two years coaching there, he was getting all these awesome opportunities. Martin is the current champ for a reason. His timing and efficiency is on point but he has yet to be in deep waters.
ET vs ‘The Situ-Asian’ will sell out in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand simply because people know it’s going to be a real fight. Survival of the fittest type of fight.
Bali MMA made it just for Xiong Jingnan the champ, Mario and myself so it would be rude not to wear it. Plus it looks pretty cool, but intrinsically it’s more of a mindset for me.
WRB: Please give readers some tips of how you develop that power in your high kicks?
ET: The more times you do something the better you get, so it’s simply repetitions. Having a good pad holding coach can help with the distancing and timing. Drills and skills pays the bills
WRB: Any leisure after win in Macau?
Asides from the overpriced food, we went to the after party at Pachao in Studio City, thanks ONE for hosting was a great night and everyone had a blast. #Whiskeysquad LOL
I want to thank ONE Championship for having me on the show, I look forward to represent and express my craft each time I step in the arena. Also all my partners who make it possible for me to fulfill my camps and lifestyle.
Onward and forward, I have got my eyes on the prize.
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