There was a constant overlap between the world of martial arts and that of professional wrestling because of the comparable nature of the 2 establishments at their core and Thanh Le was very happy to pay tribute to an all-time nice professional wrestling hero.
At ONE Combat Night time 15 final October, the previous ONE Featherweight MMA World Champion confronted Russian standout Ilya Freymanov for the ONE interim Featherweight MMA World Championship.
Le and Freymanov are two of probably the most fearsome featherweights on the earth, and followers have been curious to see who would come out on high between the 2 versatile fighters.
Freymanov was capable of assault the seasoned veteran a bit, however Le’s expertise allowed him to land a heel hook within the first spherical.
His post-fight celebration along with his coach and brother Vinh, which was posted to ONE Championship’s Instagram web page, was closely impressed by WWE star and eight-time WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and followers instantly knew the reference:
“That is a bit completely different”
“I assumed they have been thumbtacks”
“The Rock Smack”
“Naturally [Dustin Poirier] preferred this video, he is aware of what it is prefer to get hit with the Folks’s Elbow”
“[Thanh Le] is such a outstanding athlete with a journey past this world, a lot respect for his humility and dedication”
Thanh Le ready for a winner-takes-all match on March 1
At 38 years outdated, few would have ever thought the Vietnamese-American might regain gold after being upset by Tang Kai in Le’s second protection of the ONE Featherweight MMA World Championship.
The veteran believes the Chinese language star did not fairly beat him at his personal sport because it was only a resolution victory in his eyes.
Le’s likelihood at redemption towards Tang comes on March 1 on ONE 166, once they battle for the undisputed ONE Featherweight MMA World Title on the Lusail Sports activities Area in Qatar.