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Yodkaikaew Fairtex Improving at Rapid Pace, Chasing World Title Aspirations in ONE Championship

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30-year-old Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex has remained unbeaten in the ONE Circle so far in his professional mixed martial arts career. If the Thai striking sensation can continue his upward trajectory, he will inevitably find himself among the top fighters in his division.

The end goal, Yodkaikaew says, is carving his path towards ONE Championship gold, and representing his country of Thailand on the global stage as a world champion.

“I try my absolute best in every fight, and I’m always looking for victory. I appreciate the platform ONE Championship has given us to showcase our skills, and I’m excited to go back into the Circle and perform,” said Yodkaikaew.

“My ultimate goal is to earn a title shot and become champion. I think anyone who has the heart to step in the Circle is gunning for the same thing. I’m no different. I’m working very hard toward that goal.”

Yodkaikaew has collected three undeniably impressive victories on his resume since joining ONE Championship in July 2020 -- a pair of knockout wins over John Shink and Alex Schild, as well as a close split decision over highly-regarded Japanese flyweight, Tatsumitsu Wada.

Those victories alone should warrant Yodkaikaew a sharp step up in competition, but “Y2K” says he is not rushing himself, and is happy with his development under the brightest lights of ONE Championship.

“I’m not in a big rush because there are a lot of great fighters in my division. I am ok with taking my time and developing myself at the right pace. I have a lot to improve on, so that’s what I’m focused on right now. If we’re being honest, I believe I’m still among the rising up-and-comers, just a beginner starting out his career,” said Yodkaikaew.

“One thing I can promise is that I will fight whoever they put in front of me. I never back down from a challenge. I train hard for every fight and I’m getting better each day.”

Yodkaikaew is set to return to action against China’s Hu “The Wolf Warrior” Yong at ONE: FISTS OF FURY III, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore scheduled for broadcast on Friday, 19 March.

In the main event, ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian Eersel defends his throne against hard-hitting #2 contender Mustapha Haida, while ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet Todd begins her quest for a second belt by taking on the #4-ranked Alma Juniku in Muay Thai.

Yodkaikaew knows what competing on the ONE Championship global stage means for his career, and that each victory will bring him closer to reaching his dream. He also wants to thank his Thai fans for all the support they’ve shown for him since he started.

“This opportunity to be able to do what I love as a career, it’s very important to my life,” said Yodkaikaew.

“I never dreamt to have come this far, and I’m very happy and proud of what I have accomplished. At the same time, I know the sky's the limit. There’s so much I can achieve. I want to thank all the Thai fans for supporting me. I’ll do my best not to let them down.”

Published : March 09, 2021