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Amir Khan (martial artist)

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Amir Khan
BornAmir Khan
November 5, 1994 (Age 25)
Singapore
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
EthnicityIndian
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80m)
Weight170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofTanjong Katong, Singapore
TeamEvolve MMA
RankBlue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2014 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins11
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision1
Losses6
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Amir Khan Ansari (born November 5, 1994) is a Singaporean martial artist of Indian descent who currently competes as a lightweight in ONE Championship. Khan made his ONE Championship debut at ONE Championship: Rise Of The Kingdom in 2014, when he was 19 years old.

Khan received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) blue belt under Relson Gracie.[1]

Since 2014, Khan has been training at Evolve and represents the Evolve Fight Team in Singapore.

Early life and education[edit]

Khan grew up in Singapore.

From an early age, Khan picked up the sport of golf from his father, a golfing coach and instructor. [2]

When he was 8 years old, Khan was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.[3] He was frequently teased and bullied at school as a result of his symptoms.[4]

Although Khan showed promise at golf, he displayed a keen interest in Muay Thai and combat sports, which helped him to better manage his Tourette condition. [5]

Khan began training in Muay Thai at 14, and in 2010, he travelled to compete at Phuket’s Bangla Stadium and won a Muay Thai title. [6]

At the age of 15, Khan and his father moved to the United States to further his martial arts training.[7] Khan enrolled in Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he completed his high school diploma.[8]

While in the United States, Khan trained at Karate Mafia MMA Gym and also picked up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling.[9] He transitioned into mixed martial arts and made his amateur debut in 2012, where he compiled a 4-0 undefeated record fighting for local promotions out of Shreveport, Louisiana.[10]

Khan returned to Singapore in 2014 and was invited to a two-week tryout with the Evolve Fight Team. Following that, Khan successfully earned a roster spot, becoming just the third Singaporean to be signed by the team.[11] He would make his professional mixed martial arts debut with ONE Championship later that same year.

In 2015, Khan enlisted in mandatory full-time national service for Singapore and spent two years in the Singapore Civil Defense Force. During this time, Khan continued to compete professionally in ONE Championship.[12]

He completed his national service in 2017 and has since resumed his full-time training at Evolve. [13]

Mixed martial arts Career[edit]

Khan made his amateur debut on December 8, 2012 at Ascend Combat – Season’s Beatings 4 and won a unanimous decision over Chase Henry. [14]

In his next match on January 19, 2013, Khan defeated Brandon Davis by unanimous decision at Psychout – MMA. [15]

He won another unanimous decision victory over Ron Carol at Ascend Combat – Madness 3 on October 19, 2013. [16]

On January 18, 2014, Khan earned his fourth win when he knocked out Derek Downer in the first round at Ascend Combat – Uncontainable. [17]

ONE Championship[edit]

On February 8, 2014, Khan lost his professional mixed martial arts debut at GFA 25 – Global Fighting Alliance 25. He was submitted by Cody James with an ankle lock in the first round. [18]

On September 12, 2014, Khan scored a first round TKO over Jian Kai Chee at ONE Championship: Rise of the Kingdom. [19]

On November 7, 2014, Khan knocked out Waqar Umar in the first round at ONE Championship: Battle of Lions. [20]

On April 24, 2015, Khan earned a first-round TKO stoppage over Pakistani-American veteran Bashir Ahmad at ONE Championship: Valor of Champions.[21]

On May 22, 2015, Khan lost via split decision to Shannon Wiratchai at ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest. [22]

On November 13, 2015, Khan defeated Jimmy Yabo via first-round TKO at ONE Championship: Pride of Lions. [23]

On May 6, 2016, Khan defeated John Chang via first-round TKO at ONE Championship: Ascent to Power. [24]

On November 11, 2016, Khan defeated Vaughn Donayre with a first-round rear-naked choke submission at ONE Championship: Defending Honor. [25]

On May 26, 2017, Khan defeated Rajinder Singh Meena in the first round via TKO at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes. [26]

On September 2, 2017, Khan defeated Jaroslav Jartim with a first-round KO at ONE Championship: Shanghai. [27]

On November 24, 2017, Khan defeated Adrian Pang via unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit. [28]

On February 23, 2018, Khan lost to Timofey Nastyukhin by unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Quest for Gold. [29]

On May 18, 2018, Khan defeated Sung Jong Lee in the second round via TKO at ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams. [30]

On September 8, 2018, Khan defeated Honorio Banario in the first round with a rear naked choke submission at ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon. [31]

On November 23, 2018, Khan lost to Eduard Folayang via unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Conquest of Champions for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. [32]

On February 22, 2019, Khan was submitted by Ariel Sexton via rear naked choke in the third round of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals at ONE Championship: Call to Greatness. [33]

Following an injury to Ariel Sexton, Khan was inserted back into the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix. [34]

On May 17, 2019, Khan was knocked out by Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the first round of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semifinal at ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon. [35]

On November 22, 2019, Khan fought to a split decision victory over Malaysian Ev "ET" Ting at ONE Championship: Edge Of Greatness.[36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur Muay Thai[edit]

  • Bangla Stadium Muay Thai title[37]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–6 Ev Ting Decision (split) ONE Championship: Edge Of Greatness Nov 22, 2019 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 11–6 Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev KO (punches) ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon May 17, 2019 1 2:56 Kallang, Singapore For the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semifinal
Loss 11–5 Ariel Sexton Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Championship: Call to Greatness Feb 22, 2019 3 1:33 Kallang, Singapore For the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Loss 11–4 Eduard Folayang Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Conquest of Champions Nov 23, 2018 5 5:00 Manila, Philippines For the ONE Lightweight World Championship
Win 11–3 Honorio Banario Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon Sep 8, 2018 1 4:34 Shanghai, China
Win 10–3 Sung Jong Lee TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams May 18, 2018 2 3:39 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 9–3 Timofey Nastyukhin Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Quest for Gold Feb 23, 2018 3 5:00 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 9–2 Adrian Pang Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit Nov 24, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 8–2 Jaroslav Jartim KO (kicks and punches) ONE Championship: Shanghai Sep 2, 2017 1 3:46 Shanghai, China
Win 7–2 Rajinder Singh Meena TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes May 26, 2017 1 1:29 Kallang, Singapore
Win 6–2 Vaughn Singh Donayre Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Championship: Defending Honor Nov 11, 2016 3 2:22 Kallang, Singapore
Win 5–2 John Chang TKO (punches and elbows) ONE Championship: Ascent to Power May 6, 2016 1 3:39 Kallang, Singapore
Win 4–2 Jimmy Yabo TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Pride of Lions Nov 13, 2015 1 4:18 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 3–2 Shannon Wiratchai Decision (split) ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest May 22, 2015 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 3–1 Bashir Ahmad TKO (Doctor Stoppage) ONE Championship: Valor of Champions Apr 24, 2015 3 3:20 Manila, Philippines
Win 2–1 Waqar Umar KO (elbows) ONE Championship: Battle of Lions Nov 7, 2014 1 1:25 Kallang, Singapore
Win 1–1 Jian Kai Chee TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Rise of the Kingdom Sep 12, 2014 1 2:25 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Loss 0–1 Cody James Submission (ankle lock) GFA 25 - Global Fighting Alliance 25 Feb 8, 2014 1 1:42 Louisiana, United States

See also[edit]

  • List of current ONE fighters

References[edit]

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  31. Sezali, Abdul Aziz. "MMA: Singapore fighter Amir Khan beats Filipino Honorio Banario at One Championship event in Shanghai". The Straits Times.
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  34. "Ariel Sexton out, Amir Khan returns to ONE Championship lightweight grand prix". MMA Junkie.
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