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Biagtan eyes main-roster spot with impressive show

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Expect Fritz “Kid Tornado” Biagtan to come out guns blazing when he returns to the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in what could be his golden opportunity.

Biagtan looks to continue to impress when he takes on Babar Ali in flyweight MMA action at ONE Friday Fights 44 on 8 December inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Coming off two victorious finishes, Biagtan knows that another head-turning performance against the 6-2 Pakistani could potentially get him the $100,000 dollar contract to compete on the ONE Championship main roster.

That, for Biagtan, is an opportunity too good to pass up.

Fresh off an impressive destruction of Deepak Bhardwaj, Biagtan shared that ONE officials have talked to him about potentially making the main roster if he keeps winning.

“The motivation is my goal. Right after the fight, a ONE official talked to me and told me, ‘Get ready for the big news. I will update in a few days.’ When I was in Bangkok, they said they would give me a big fight on 8 December against Babar Ali. If I show up and perform better than what I showed in my last fight, they could potentially give me a 100k contract on the big stage,” he said.

“This is big for me. There’s no way that I’ll say no to this. This is my chance and I don’t have plans of letting this go.”

While the prospect of competing against the best in the world on ONE’s main roster makes him salivate, the 28-year-old knows he can’t get ahead of himself.

“I have to focus on this fight. One step at a time. We don’t need to rush. Of course, I envision myself making the top-five flyweights, but now my focus is on this match, so I’ll get there,” he said.

“I feel motivated and pressured. I’m all in. This is it. Let’s not put it to waste. Let’s give our best.”

For him to be able to do that, he has to withstand Ali’s pressure as the Pakistani will for sure try to take him to the ground.

But for each attempt from Ali to do so, Biagtan promises to make him pay.

“I made sure that my punches are sharp and my takedown defense too. That’s what I need to take care of, his body locks. He’s taller so it would be easier for him to cut the distance and take me down,” he said.

“We’ll use our footwork and agility to make sure that he doesn’t come close. Each time he comes in, we’ll make him pay.”

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