Rothana was forced to defend for much of the opening stages of the contest as Balart attacked with his world-class wrestling.
However, the ONE Cambodia Featherweight Grand Prix Finalist knew he would have to handle his rival’s grappling-based offense, so he was prepared to weather the storm.
“I watched many videos of Gustavo before my big victory last week. My coach and my team gave me guidance about his strengths and weaknesses, so I knew how to deal with him,” Rothana says
“I think he tried to take me down too much. After his takedowns in the first and second round, I could measure his strength, and he was not as dangerous.”
When the final round began, Balart was visibly tired, and Rothana stayed on his feet for most of the remaining five minutes to launch an incredible comeback.