Kantharaj Agasa “Kannadiga” is aiming for a ONE Championship debut to remember so he can climb the ranks and eventually challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Title.
“If everything goes according to my plan, I will finish Xie in the first round by submission,” Agasa said.
“I am hoping to take part in at least three fights this year and win them all. By the end of next year, I would like to beat all my opponents in this division and hopefully get a World Title shot.
“I want to pave the way for any youngsters who dream of joining the biggest martial arts organizations in the world.”
Agasa sees a lot of opportunities in The Home Of Martial Arts – and he does not plan to let those chances slip through his fingers this Friday.
With that said, the Indian standout has been grinding in order to pull off the debut win.
“ONE Championship is a huge organization – it’s globally recognized, it’s really famous,” he said.
“I always dreamed of competing in the world’s best organization. It’s a dream-come-true moment for me. Hopefully, I will start with a win in my debut.
“My preparation has been really great and I feel confident about the fight.”
Like his compatriot and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Arjan “Singh” Bhullar – who just won the heavyweight gold this month at ONE: DANGAL – Agasa is a ground specialist.
He’ll be looking to use those ground skills to take out a seasoned striker in Xie. It won’t be easy, but he promises that as soon as the men touch the canvas, he’ll be on the attack and looking to submit his opponent.
“From what I have seen, my opponent focuses on his striking. He is good, too, but in grappling, he is no match for me. My game plan is to play to my strengths,” Agasa said.
“I think his weakness is his ground game. Since I am a grappler, he will definitely work on it before the match, but his preparation won’t matter because I am better than him.
“Xie Wei is a really good opponent, but I trust my hard work and grappling. I am a born grappler, so I think the fight will be over on the ground. I always try to take the fight to the canvas and finish it there.”
Watch ONE: FULL BLAST on the ONE Super App or meWATCH at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT) this Friday, 28 May.
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