Ev Ting has won his last nine fights in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a record the 29 year old is understandably proud of and he plans to make it ten in a row at ONE: ‘Masters of Destiny’ next week.
The Malaysian born lightweight has been matched with Daichi Abe. He hasn’t lost a ONE Championship fight in Kuala Lumpur yet and he has no intention of losing to the UFC veteran,
“Going 10-0 (for ONE Championship fights in Malaysia) is my mission on 12th July. As always, I’m going to give it 200%.”
The Malaysian born, New Zealand based lightweight has switched training camps after a pair of quickfire losses. He was submitted by Shinya Aoki and stopped by Saygid Arslanaliev with both finishes coming in the opening minute of the fight.
This will be his first time training in Auckland since a 2018 camp that precipitated a first round stoppage win over Nobutatsu Suzuki. Ting says the preparation for his fight with Abe has been meticulous,
“We are improving the program we had for Suzuki here in Auckland MMA. This is my first full training camp here since (and) my coaches here have kept a record of all my training time, my heart rates and other aspects of my game so my performance should be identical to the one I had against Suzuki only better.”
The win over Suzuki sparked a run of victories that also saw Ting better Ariel Sexton and Koji Ando. They were three of the most impressive performances of his career and he’s hoping to recapture this form.
The win over Suzuki in particular provides Ting with a blueprint for beating Abe,
“He was the real deal. It was all about blasting him from an angle and upping the pace of the match. So right now, I’m sharpening and mastering this.”
Abe is a former welterweight King of Pancrase, but he lasted less than 30 seconds against Luis Santos in his ONE Championship debut and Ting thinks he has found a way to beat the UFC veteran,
“He’s got good defense but I think I’m better than him in certain aspects, especially when I’m fighting on the back foot. Abe is very strong when he moves forward, so I’m just going to keep him guessing and on the back foot. I want to perfect my plan.”
After having been on the wrong end of a couple of quickfire finishes himself Ting would love nothing more than to score the same sort of result in Kuala Lumpur,
“Finishing him in the first will be ideal, but if I don’t, I will seek it every second of the 300 on offer in each round.”