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MMA: Cowboy Khan’s classic KO – “He thought I kicked him in the balls”

Amir Khan circled the cage after his stunning knockout of Pakistan’s Waqar Umar. Photo: SportAsia.

Amir Khan, just 20, circled the cage after his stunning knockout of Pakistan’s Waqar Umar. Photo: SportAsia.

November 7, 2014: Cowboy-hat wearing Amir Khan and debutant Kirstie Gannaway completed a knockout night for Singaporean fighters as the Evolve MMA duo enjoyed first-round wins in One FC: Battle of Lions preliminaries on Friday night.

 

Khan, who only turned 20 on Wednesday, won his second successive fight in One FC but his first at home as he dominated Pakistan’s Waqar Umar, knocking him out cold after one minute 25 seconds with successive elbows to the head at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 

The knockout came seconds after Umar gestured to the referee to complain of a kick to the groin, but Khan kept on coming and a second elbow to the head put the Pakistani on the floor.

 

“He thought I kicked him in the balls. He told the referee, but the referee said, ‘Just go on,’ and I attacked. I think this is my best performance so far. I didn’t even feel tired after the fight,” Khan told SportAsia.

 

Umar was left battered and bloodied by Khan's clinical attack.

Umar was left battered and bloodied by Khan’s clinical attack. Photo: One FC.

“I’m not surprised. My game plan was to take it easy and try to knock him out in the second round, but the knockout came early so I’m happy with that.”

 

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt under Relson Gracie, Khan had an undefeated amateur record competing in the USA (4-0) and also has wrestling and Muay Thai experience. His black cowboy hat is a reminder of the years he spent training in America, although for Khan it’s more than a gimmick.

 

“My coach from Louisiana, we were very close, so before he left, he gave me the hat. I said, ‘Why not, wear the hat.’ I’ll make him proud.”

 

Khan is now based full-time in Singapore and enjoyed fighting in front of home support for the first time, having won his One FC debut in September in Cambodia, where he defeated Malaysia’s Jian Kai Chee.

 

“I’m really happy to fight in front of my home crowd for the first time and I want to fight again here really soon. I’m going to rest for a week or two, then get back to training,” said Khan, who also paid tribute to Gannaway, his Evolve MMA teammate.

 

Kirstie Gannaway beat Malaysia’s Adek Omar on her One FC debut. Photo: One FC.

Kirstie Gannaway beat Malaysia’s Adek Omar on her One FC debut. Photo: One FC.

“I’m very happy for Kirstie. She has worked very hard with all the Evolve world champions and coaches, so I’m very happy for her. I think there’s potential out there for more Singaporeans to fight in One FC.”

 

Gannaway started the night’s action by stopping Malaysia’s Adek Omar with a triangle choke after 2:34 of the first round. Gannaway started the atomweight fight with a couple of impressive punches that smacked of her boxing background before the action quickly moved to the floor, where the Singaporean dominated.

 

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