NZ Fighter Interviews Ev Ting
On the back of a three-fight winning streak, Malaysian born Kiwi Ev Ting will return to action this weekend at ONE: Kingdom of Heroes at Impact Arena in Bangkok.
The 29-year-old is set to face off against veteran fighter and MMA legend Shinya Aoki, with the winner booking a lightweight title shot at ONE Championship’s inaugural event in Japan next March.Since his 2017 decision loss to then ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang, Ting has been on a tear with his most recent victory being a comprehensive unanimous decision win over Japan’s Koji Ando at ONE: Pinnacle of Power event in June.
On the eve of one his biggest fights as a professional, New Zealand Fighter’s Isaac Savage was fortunate enough to catch up with Ting at his Auckland MMA training base.
IS: How have you been prepping for this fight?
ET: This being a back to back camp from the last event in Macau, this camp is more focused on low impact mobility and conditioning as well as a lot of jujitsu.
IS: Cool man, sounds like a lot of hard work. It’s a big event for you, what’s been the highlight of your fighting career so far?
ET: My favourite thing is just travelling the world, and sharing something I love through competing. And coaching and meeting new people.
IS: What’s your ultimate goal in this sport?
ET: To be respected as one of the top guys… and to help my parents retire.
IS: That’s an ambitious goal man. Love it! … What has been your most challenging fight and why?
ET: Definitely my last world title shot in Manila 2017, challenging because I invested so much into it when the solution was to keep it simple.
IS: One FC seems to be gaining more and more traction of late. What are your thoughts on one day having fighters compete from both promotions, the way boxing works with WBA fighters and WBC fighters… Like a One FC vs UFC?
ET: That would be ideal if you follow the timeline of boxing and kickboxing, eventually promotions will co promote and create a win win situation for all promotions and athletes.
IS: Kiwi’s are really punching above our weight in the MMA world now, pardon the pun, you’ve got guys like Mark Albarado and Nyrene Crowley that are pushing for One FC contracts now. Whats your relationship like with them?
ET: Yeah, there’s also Brad Riddel, Punya Sai in the picture representing NZ, pushing for ONE. It's good to have more kiwis on there, its always a good day when I hear a fighter gets an opportunity.
IS: Cool man. So… Shinya Aok… a Japanese hero! How does it feel to start fighting guys you might have looked up to years ago?
ET: It's a true honour to be able to test my skills against one of the legends. But to be a legend I must beat the legend. I feel this is one of the biggest match ups on the whole promotion’s roster so I’m glad I get this opportunity to showcase my skills to the world again.
IS: And I guess then your sights will be set on Martin “The Situ – Asian” Nguyen, multiple belts, durable fighter. Of course you have what it takes but do you see any weaknesses from the Ozzie Vietnamese fighter?
ET: Martin is a natural featherweight, any of the lightweights is a bad match up for him and he has lost to two bantamweights. So no comment my focus is on the bigger match up, Shinya.
IS: You’re another guy that fights under a couple of different flags. How good does it feel to fly both the Malay and NZ Flag?
ET: It's a real honour to fly my birth town country and the country that bred me. I represent both of them with pride when I compete and I treat everyone with respect to represent our culture as well as possible.
IS: What do you think NZ brings to the fight game world-wide?
ET: It's clear that NZ fighters have a natural fire some call Mana, we have a intrinsic warrior spirit that is unmatchable as well as our hunger for knowledge and development makes us different to any others out there.
IS: Cool man, thanks for sitting down with us and good luck in Bangkok!
Ev Ting takes on Shinya Aoki on the 6th of October in Bangkok, join in live on the ONE FC app or follow us on social media for fight updates.