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Video: 3 performances that show ONE's Tang Kai could be China's most dangerous featherweight

Ahead of his upcoming title shot against ONE featherweight champ Thanh Le, take a look at some of the Chinese contender's best moments.

Top-ranked featherweight contender Tang Kai knows how to excite a crowd, and his performances have made him a favorite among combat sports fans.

The Chinese MMA star has thrilled ONE Championship’s global fan base with his knockout power since his first promotional appearance in 2019, and his flawless 6-0 run in the organization has made him an undeniable force.

With ONE featherweight world champion Thanh Le being the only man standing between him and the gold, Tang is undoubtedly eager to step into the ONE circle with him and challenge for the belt at ONE 160 on Friday, August 26.

Ahead of that world title showdown, we look back at three performances that showcase why the 26-year-old dynamo is China’s most dangerous featherweight MMA fighter.

Tang's crushing head kick debut

As far as promotional debuts go, not many athletes would wish for a better start to their journeys than the one Tang has enjoyed.

The featherweight phenom dropped South Korea's Sung Jong Lee to the canvas with a crushing left kick a mere 74 seconds into the second round of their battle at "ONE: A Hero's Ascent" in 2019, sending a stark warning to the rest of the division in the process.

But this wasn't a one-shot performance. Before scoring the highlight-reel finish, Tang needed to find a way around his opponent, who asked some questions of him on the canvas. The Chinese fighter used his wrestling background to avoid a possible triangle choke submission in the opening frame and show that he had skills on the mat.

When the action returned to the feet, the Shanghai resident attacked with fluidity and aggression, and he sent blistering kicks to the body and legs of his opposite man. The fight was a thrilling display of back-and-forth striking, but Tang expertly spotted his gap in the second frame and connected square with Sung's jaw to turn his lights off.

Tang's surgical precision punishes Ryogo Takahashi

Following his debut win, Tang scored back-to-back unanimous decision victories.

His stock was certainly rising in ONE, but with a plethora of knockouts on his resume prior to his move to the promotion, fans were eager to see the striker score a finish with his venomous fists.

During his fourth outing in the ONE circle, at the aptly named "ONE: Fists of Fury II," they got what they were looking for.

Tang stepped into action against Japan's Ryogo Takahashi, who has plenty of KO power himself. This didn't seem to faze the Chinese star, however, and he worked methodically to break down "Kaitai's" defense with kicks, jabs, and wild overhands.

He frustrated Takahashi with his movement, dexterity, and ability to attack from all angles, and soon, he moved in for the kill.

Just under two minutes into the bout, Tang landed a crisp right hand on his opponent's jaw that rattled him and left him exposed. The powerhouse followed up with a left hand, a hammerfist, and a barrage of hooks that forced the referee to stop the contest.

Tang's career-defining display against Kim Jae Woong

Former top-ranked contender "The Fighting God" Kim Jae Woong played down Tang’s punching power ahead of their meeting at ONE X back in March. The South Korean claimed that his Chinese rival had never faced any reputable fighters and described him as a mere warmup on his way to a world title shot.

But Kim was forced to eat his words after their one-round war at ONE's 10-year anniversary spectacle.

Tang stayed sharp and composed against the heavy-hitting South Korean, and his quick movement and ability to counterattack helped him secure a dominant finish after only two minutes of action.

"The Fighting God" lunged in with a straight right, but Tang stood his ground and replied with a two-shot combination. The right hook narrowly missed its mark, but the left instantly sent Kim to the canvas.

With the victory, Tang extended his winning run to nine matches and snatched his opponent's No. 1 contender’s spot. The Chinese striker's dominance in the featherweight division was now impossible to deny, as were his calls for a shot at the divisional king.