Ismail Khan returns for his final fight of the year at ONE Friday Fights 45 this week. The Pakistani faces Rabindra Dhant in a flyweight fight at Lumpinee Stadium.
Khan (6-0) and Dhant (7-0) come into this contest with perfect records and neither man has ever tasted defeat. The latter hails from Nepal and like Khan he is coming off a win at Lumpinee Stadium.
Khan submitted Korean teenager Joon Gun Cho at ONE Friday Fights 33. It was the first time in the 22 year old’s career he had fought outside of Pakistan.
Dhant is one of just a handful of Nepalese mixed martial artists. He has fought several times in India and is coming off a stoppage win over Russian kickboxer Torepchi Dogak at ONE Friday Fights 33.
Ismail Khan 🇵🇰 scores the slick submission over Cho Joon Goon via third-round rear-naked choke 🥋#ONEFridayFights33
🌍 Live TV broadcast in 190+ countries (check local listings)
🌍 Also available on ONE YouTube and ONE Facebook (geo-restrictions may apply)
🌍 Also available on… pic.twitter.com/HNkxWMIaHY
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) September 15, 2023
There are two MMA fights on the card which will be ONE Championship’s penultimate of the year at Lumpinee Stadium. In the second fight of the night Suleyman Suleymanov faces Nursultan Toktorov at featherweight.
This bout also pits two undefeated fighters together. Suleymanov (8-0) represents Azerbaijan but was born and raised in Russia while Toktorov (6-0) comes from Kyrgyzstan with both men making their first appearance on these weekly fight cards.
View this post on Instagram
Best of the rest
ONE Friday Fights 46 is coming up on December 22nd and looks set to be one of the biggest Muay Thai event of the year. With that card stacked with big names and headlined by Superbon and Tawanchai this week’s was always going to be a much more low key affair.
The headliner pits Otop Or Kwanmuang against Soner Sen. In the co-main event Longern Paesaisi has been matched with Stephen Irvine in a catchweight contest set at 127lbs.