Ev Ting is on track to become the first Malaysian to challenge for a ONE Championship title after winning his first two fights for the promotion by stoppage. The featherweight has an overall record of 8-2 and will be taking on Filipino Cary Bullos in Kuala Lumpur next Friday night (March 13, 2015) for ONE FC: 'Age of Champions.'
Ting, who was born in Malaysia but lives and trains in New Zealand, has plenty of momentum behind him and has the following to say about Bullos.
"He is a hungry fighter, but needs to keep his guard up!"
His last opponent was Edward Kelly and the Filipino could have done with holding his hands a bit higher as he was knocked out with a devastating head kick at the end of the second round. The fight had been uneventful up to that point but Ting says he was just biding his time.
"I planned for Edward's strategy so it was a matter of defusing him efficiently."
This patient approach paid off with the second head kick knockout of Ting's career, and after beating Yohan Legowo in his promotional debut, the Malaysian is working his way slowly but surely up the rankings in a division currently ruled by Jadambaa Narantungalag and contains contenders like Eric Kelly, Marut Gafurov and Herbert Burns.
However, Ting thinks that even if he prevails against Bullos at ONE FC: 'Age of Champions' at Stadium Putra he will still be at least one more win away from securing a title shot.
"I think a title shot is realistic, if I can win my next fight and then go on to beat a top four guy after that."
Ting was initially slated to face Major Overall who is riding back to back wins which culminated in a stoppage victory over Bullos, but he has decided to drop down a division so the Filipino stepped in to take the fight instead.
"I was definitely disappointed that fight didn't happen because Major is a great guy and it would have been an exciting fight but I am happy for him and am sure he will do well in 135," Ting said.
After getting his ONE Championship career off to a winning start in Jakarta, this will be Ting's second successive fight in Kuala Lumpur and while he's happy to fight anywhere the Malaysian says there is no place like home.
"Business is business and I personally like to travel and see things so whatever city I fight in I will be excited but hometown support is always encouraging and a blessing."
Ting is well traveled and has spent time at numerous camps but he is currently training out of Saigon Sports Club and will also be representing Auckland MMA when he fights. The 25 year old already has ten bouts to his name and if he can secure a third successive ONE Championship victory on Friday night, he may be fighting for the belt next.
ONE FC: 'Age of Champions' is set for Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, March 13th. Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming and the event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99 from http://www.onefc.com/livestream.