PETALING JAYA: Mixed martial arts exponent Agilan Thani is a hard man to please.
Although the “Alligator” was victorious in his last bout against Dante Schiro 12 months ago, he was left unsatisfied. Now, he is more motivated than ever to deliver against another American Tyler McGuire at the ONE: Big Bang II at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today.
“I was not really happy with my performance. I think I could have done better, but looking back, I think it’s what I needed, and I’m looking forward to doing better in my next fight, ” said Agilan.
“What keeps me pushing forward now is trying to perform at my best in every fight. I’ve had fights where I’ve been flat and done nothing, so I got beat up. But now, I want to show what I am capable of every time.”
The 25-year-old Malaysian, who had a short training stint in the United States, has made significant changes to his game in an effort to fulfil his potential, and he is aiming to show off those developments against McGuire, a close friend.
“Tyler is a very nice and humble guy. I think he is dangerous everywhere – standing and on the ground so I’ve got to be ready to adapt. I have to use my mind and be smart with the game plan.
“Beating Tyler will definitely put me in a better place in the division because he was one of the last guys to fight for the title. But there are some really new guys who look super dangerous now, so it would be up to ONE where we go after that.”
While Thani would love to climb the welterweight ladder, he is not looking too far ahead.
“I haven’t thought about title contention yet at this point. At the moment, there are too many uncertainties, so I don’t want to keep my hopes high. I got to do what I got to do today, and then we will see where we go from there.”
Agilan’s record stands at 11 wins and four losses while McGuire has won 11 bouts and lost one.