Mixed Martial Arts hits Myanmar

Po Thar Gyi from Myanmar (C) and Htet Aung Oo from Myanmar (R) fight during the MMA Myanmar National Championship in Thuwanna stadium, Yangon, Myanmar, 31 August 2013. MMA World Series Championships were held in Myanmar for the first time in 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Mixed martial arts has come to Myanmar with a Canadian-based fighter in the main event and another Canadian running the show, reports the Times Colonist in Canada.

Bibiano (The Flash) Fernandes, a Brazilian who is married to a Canadian and fights out of Vancouver, defends his One Championship bantamweight title against Finnish challenger Toni Tauru on the “Kingdom of Warriors” card Saturday at Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, the paper reported on July 15.

Fernandes (17-3) has won nine straight. Tauru (10-1-1) has won 10 in a row.

The Singapore-based fight promotion is run by Edmonton-born CEO Victor Cui.

Myanmar is the ninth country to host a One Championship event, joining Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

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