Passion, drive, desire are the required elements that enable a human to take on the challenges as a mixed martial arts fighter. Documenting his journey in One Championship, Anthony Engelen has embraced the fight life. Victory and defeat, it’s all a part of the game, as these experiences have molded “The Archangel” Engelen to becoming the fighter he is today. Those experiences are also a reflective retrospect in preparation for his upcoming fight at One Championship 93: New Era.
The Archangel victories in One FC have become the highlight reel of many playback moments featured on various social media platforms. Anthony Engelen’s aggressive prowess and mental edge motivates his drive for finishing his opponents leaving no room for the judges to make the final ruling. Seven of his eight fights have ended by KO or submission, with four of those battles ending in the first round.
“Whenever the opportunity arises, whether it is by knockout or submission my mentality going into all my fights is to look for the finish,” Engelen told MYMMANEWS. “For me, it’s all about putting on a good show and showcasing my hard work to the audience.”
Basking in one’s glory and accomplishment isn’t a consistent trend, as everyone has their bad days along the MMA ride. Engelen has also had his share of tough losses, including his first-round TKO loss to Wong II Kwon at One Championship: Eternal Glory. However, turning a negative into a positive defeat only empowers Engelen in reviewing his flaws, thus evolving to becoming a better fighter.
“Every athlete has tasted the bitter taste of defeat and trusts me it is not a good taste. However, there is an old saying, “you learn more from a loss than you do from a win.” Anytime I lose a fight, it gives me the opportunity to reevaluate my strategy to train harder and smarter, so I can come back stronger in my next fight.”
The loss against Kwon hasn’t deteriorated Engelen’s drive and motivation. His desire to step back in the cage is apparent, as it looks like there is a new challenge on the horizon. On March 31st at “One Championship: New Era”, Anthony Engelen will take on Garry Tonon. Notarized as one of the top grapplers of today in the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling, Tonon has made an impressive transition to MMA and is undefeated, currently on a three-fight winning streak. Engelen is preparing for this fight with the help of his team at Bali MMA, Andrew Leone, Johnny Suba, Rocky Punya, and other fight comrades. Many incentives promote Engelen’s interest in taking the fight against Tonon on short notice.
“There are several reasons why I agreed to take this fight,” revealed Engelen. “The first reason is that the fight will take place in Japan, The Holy Grail of Mixed Martial Arts. Japan is a place I have dreamed of competing at, and to top it all off, I will be fighting on the same card as many of my idols, such as Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson, and Shinya Aoki. Lastly, getting the opportunity to share the cage with one of the best BJJ specialists in the world Garry Tonon will be amazing. I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills, taking advantage of this great opportunity, and living it up to the fullest.”
No one steps into battle inside a cage with the thought of losing. Anthony Engelen’s passion for competing has fueled his desire, driven to achieve the absolute best. Foreseeing the battleground on March 31, Engelen vs. Tonon is a must-see encounter with both fighters aiming to come out victorious, cementing their legacy, in their climb up the One Championship ranks. Go hard or Go Home!
Tune in to watch the sparks fly at “One Championship 93: New Era” on March 31 .