Cambodia and Cuba were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019.
Featured on the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” card were seven mixed martial arts fights and seven ONE Super Series contests, which were three kickboxing matches and four Muay Thai contests. The fifth bout of the evening was between Chan Rothana, 33, of Cambodia and Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Cuba.
Including Cambodia and Cuba, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Rothana solely represented Cambodia. Balart was the only representative of Cuba.
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on February 10, 1987, Balart stands 4’11.” As an amateur Greco-Roman wrestler, he won gold in his division at the Pan American Games in Mexico in 2011.
“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked Balart’s second ONE Championship bout. In his promotional debut at “ONE: Roots of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, he lost via unanimous decision to Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 30, of Japan.
Rothana started competing in Kun Khmer when he was 17 years old. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2014.
“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked Rothana’s ninth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Selapak and Fight for Good MMA in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Rothana and Balart competed in an MMA contest in the flyweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.
After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end,
Umeki raised the hand of Bangpleenoi, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved the professional MMA record of Rothana to 7 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Balart now has 8 wins and 3 losses.
Check the complete list of “ONE: Dreams of Gold” results on Conan Daily. Here is a recap:
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