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Agilan aims to keep perfect home record

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) exponent Agilan “Alligator” Thani is fired up to continue his winning streak in Kuala Lumpur when he takes on Egyptian Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed in the ONE: Quest For Greatness at Stadium Negara on Aug 18.

The 21-year-old said his loss to defending champion Ben “Funky” Askren at the ONE: Dynasty Of Heroes title championship on May 26 has only further motivated him to be a champion.

“I’m eager to come back stronger, to improve and get more experience in the cage. I’m back training harder than ever after the title-fight experience,” said Agilan, who is training in the United States.

“I feel like I didn’t bring out my best in the last fight. I got a bit nervous but the experience will help me prepare better for a big fight.”

Agilan holds a 7-1 record with five of the wins coming in Kuala Lumpur and he’s looking forward to winning again at home but insists he won’t underestimate Sherif.

“KL is always a good place to compete because I have all my family and friends rooting for me. I want to come back with a win for my family, friends and fans,” said Agilan.

“Sherif is a tough guy with an 8-3 record. He fought once in ONE Championship and lost to Igor Subora. I won’t underestimate him as Egyptian fighters are powerful. I’m still studying him to prepare for the fight.”