On Friday at ONE Championship 160 in Singapore, featherweight Tang Kai defeated Thanh Le through unanimous decision to become China’s first major MMA male champion.
Tang won by unanimous decision, making him the second Chinese fighter (after former UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili) to win a major mixed martial arts title.
Tang, 26, and Le, 36, were both making their first trips into deep water. Before ONE Championship 160, both Tang (15-2) and Le (13-3) had never gone beyond the third round in a fight.
Both Tang and Le gave an entertaining performance, but it was the former’s clean striking that won the day. Tang’s lead leg kicks were very effective throughout the bout, as they clearly hurt Le’s thighs and calves. Le might have been orthodox or southpaw, and Tang would have tenderized both sides.
Tang was never completely safe from Le’s assault, though. Despite Le’s best efforts, Tang was able to evade every significant blow. When he countered, he did so with great impact.
Tang knocked Le down twice; the first time was a result of a leg kick, and the second time was due to a counterpunch.