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Thai world champ spearheads local challenge at One Championship

Apr 19. 2019
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao blasts a kick to Han Zi Hao of China in the One: Clash of Legends at Muangthong Thani in February.
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao blasts a kick to Han Zi Hao of China in the One: Clash of Legends at Muangthong Thani in February.
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam

The Nation

REIGNING bantamweight world champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and fellow muay thai superstar Petchdam Petchyindee Academy will carry the Thai flag at the One Championship: Warriors of Light at Bangkok’s Impact Arena next month.

The May 10 fight night sees Thailand play host to a showcase of the best martial arts warriors – muay thai fighters and kickboxers – from around the world. 

Nong-O will defend his bantamweight (65.8kg) title against Hiroaki Suzuki of Japan while Petchdam will face Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi of Algeria for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Multiple world champion Nong-O captured the One title by unanimous decision against China’s Han Zi Hao here in February. He is now set to make the first defence against the dangerous Japanese fighter.

Striker Suzuki is one of the most exciting talents in One Super Series. He burst onto the scene with a devastating performance against Deividas Danyla last November, then followed up with another scintillating showing against Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud last January.

In the co-main event of the evening, Thailand’s Petchdam will attempt to make history by becoming the One Championship’s first flyweight (61.2kg) kickboxing world champion when he takes on opponent Mahmoudi.

Petchdam is a multiple muay thai world champion known for his devastating left kick, which is responsible for the majority of his wins. He trains out of the famed Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok alongside fellow muay thai world champions including Petchmorakot Sanprapai. 

Six Thais will be in action in the ninth round of the One Championship this year, with 12 bouts on the card.

Muay thai superstar Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon is another local hope featuring in the event. After beating Hakim Hamech of France in the One Super Series flyweight in Tokyo last month, Roadtang returns to showcase his fearsome striking skills against Sok Thy, Cambodia’s national kickboxing champion.

Local hero Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit is the fourth Thai on the card, fighting Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan of the Philippines, winner of Philippines National Wushu Sanda Championship in 2007 and 2008, and the IFMA Muay Thai World Championship in 2011.

Two-time Lumpinee Stadium champion and superstar Superlek Kiatmoo9 will face WKA European Champion Rui Botelho of Portugal.

The last Thai fighter in the tournament is Lumpinee Stadium world champ Singtongnoi Por Telakun, who takes on WMC Muay Thai World Champion Savvas Michael of Cyprus.

Main Event

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (C) vs Hiroaki Suzuki

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg

Co-Main Event

ONE Super Series Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy vs Elias Mahmoudi

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 61.2kg

Kazuki Tokudome vs Adrian Pang

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs Sok Thy

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Kota Shimoishi vs Pieter Bruist

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Shoko Sato vs Mark Fairtex Abelardo

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

Pongsiri Mitsatit vs Robin Catalan

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Hexigetu vs Ovais Shah

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Zhang Chenglong vs Panicos Yusuf

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 65.8kg

Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs Rui Botelho

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Singtongnoi Por Telakun vs Savvas Michael

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Janet Todd vs Chin Long Wang

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 52.2kg

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