‘The Panther’ explains how to beat age

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cameroon-born Hong Kong-based Alain “The Panther” Ngalani is 42 years old, has been fighting for 36 years, and just had the most exciting fight of his career. At ONE Championship: Total Victory in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 16, Ngalani beat Hideki Sekine in just 11 seconds.

It was the fastest KO in ONE history.

Now back home and resuming operations at his Impakt MMA gym in Central, Hong Kong’s business and financial district, Ngalani talked about the win with  Mathew Scott for the South China Morning Post.

“It was the quickest knockout I’ve had – and the most memorable,” he said. “The crowd went crazy and it was unbelievable. It was the biggest night I have had in my career.”

“People always ask me if I don’t feel old already and if I get slower and more tired. But if no one reminds me of my age I have no idea what it is. I don’t feel it, that’s for sure. I just keep training, as I have all my life. You have to keep the momentum going, in all things in life, and then you won’t feel the impact of age.

“I love being involved in MMA and with the ONE people. It gives me motivation. I don’t need to prove much any more. I have already proved a lot. But this is a whole new level of excitement.”

“People know I am a striker, with my fists or with a kick. So they try to get me on the ground. That’s what he did, but I knew that was coming so I just got ready to strike. I saw him come open and that was it. It wasn’t so much power but perfect timing.”

His next fight may be vs. middleweight champion Aung La Nsang, the first Burmese fighter to claim a world MMA title, on ONE’s ‘Hero’s Dream’ card in Yangon, Myanmar on November 2. Until then join the many millions of fans who have appreciated the epic KO: