Former ONE World Title challenger Agilan “Alligator” Thani is back in Malaysia after spending some time on the United States west coast. To supplement his training at home in Kuala Lumpur, the 25-year-old Malaysian star makes regular visits to the U.S. every year to hone his mixed martial arts skills at some of the best MMA gyms in the world.
Last year, just before the advent of COVID-19, Agilan spent time training with former two-division ONE World Champions “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang and Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen at Sanford MMA in Florida. This time, Agilan worked with the high-level athletes at the renowned Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jackson Wink MMA is the training ground for massive names like Jon Jones and Holly Holm.
Agilan told ONE Championship that he learned a lot about himself from his most recent trip to America.
“My experience visiting Jackson Wink MMA was truly amazing. I loved being out there because I felt I was learning a lot about myself, and just realizing how good my MMA game was without knowing it,” said Agilan.
“I’ve been competing with some really big names over my career, and I’ve experienced the highest level of competition there is in ONE Championship, including facing some world champions. At this level, you cannot be just average. Although there is definitely a lot of room to improve, I think I never really understood how skillful I was. So I never had the confidence to effectively use my tools and my skill set.”
“People who watch fights or friends will only say that you are good when you win, but people who are in the sport see your skills, your improvement, and understand how good you are, even when you’re losing. This camp taught me that there are a lot of things to take into account in defining an athlete’s performance besides just winning. So now, I have the mindset to accept that even a loss doesn’t make one a bad athlete,” Agilan added.
Agilan is 2-2 in his last four. He last appeared in the Circle in a December 2020 loss to Tyler McGuire, but can’t wait to get back in there and compete again. The 25-year-old “Alligator” wants to test out his new skills and sharpened fight tools.
“I’m doing my best to improve and be as well-rounded and effective as I can with my tools and being out there really made me put things together, such as having proper footwork, feints, and being effective in using my cage wrestling and grappling,” said Agilan.
ONE Championship has an ongoing partnership with food delivery service, Foodpanda. The two companies are working together on a variety of initiatives and activations, aimed at bringing fans closer to their favorite Malaysian athletes.
Agilan has been tapped as part of this initiative, to become a champion for proper nutrition, and to satisfy cravings through the popular food delivery app. The “Alligator” is thankful for how Foodpanda has become part of Malaysian society, helping nourish families with good food and excellent service.
Although he did not have access to Foodpanda in the U.S., Agilan says he is excited to order his favorite Malaysian dishes as soon as he can.
“They have their own food delivery services in the United States but nothing beats the ease and convenience of having Foodpanda ready to deliver quality and fresh food right to your doorstep. American cuisine is great but I love my Malaysian favorites. I’ll take my Nasi Lemak over a cheeseburger any day of the week,” said Agilan.
In addition, Foodpanda and ONE atomweight MMA star Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan will be giving away 100 ONE Championship face masks to its delivery drivers in Malaysia.