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Nong-O defends ONE bantamweight Muay Thai crown against Delval at ONE: Immortal Triumph

Aug 15. 2019
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Ho Chi Minh City -  ONE Championship (ONE), has just announced its historic first event to be held in Vietnam.

Live from Ho Chi Minh City is ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, featuring the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent. The greatest strikers from all corners of the globe are set to converge at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium for an action-packed evening. ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH is also the first event to feature all ONE Super Series bouts.

In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his title against Brice Delval of France.

Considered one of the greatest strikers of all time, Nong-O has captured nearly every accolade in Muay Thai. He made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium when he was just a teenager and won. That set off an incredible run of success.

The icon has competed in over 300 professional bouts. During that time, he claimed two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different divisions, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.

Since joining the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series, Nong-O has dominated the competition. In February, he captured the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title with a unanimous decision victory over Han Zi Hao. He then successfully defended the belt in his next bout against Hiroaki Suzuki.

Nong-O’s opponent, striking sensation Brice Delval, is a natural talent who trains at the famed Mahmoudi Gym in France. 

Delval grew up on the French island of Réunion, where he discovered his passion for martial arts. That ultimately led him to the sport of Muay Thai. 

One of the fastest rising stars today, the 20-year-old Delval now joins ONE Super Series. In his official debut, he will challenge Nong-O for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.

Rising star Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand returns to action in a Muay Thai contest. The former MTGP Welterweight World Champion joined ONE Super Series in 2018 and has since impressed during his time inside the ring.

Prodigiously talented, Saemapetch took up Muay Thai at the age of 11, and a mere three years later, he was already competing at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. Now training out of the renowned Fairtex camp in Pattaya, alongside the likes of Muay Thai World Champions Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Stamp Fairtex, Saemapetch is certainly a noteworthy talent to watch out for.

Saemapetch takes on French Muay Thai Kickboxer and Lumpinee Stadium World Champion Rafi Bohic.

Also on the card is Thanonchai SomawangGaiyang of Thailand who takes on WBC Muay Thai International Champion Kohei “Momotaro” Kodera of Japan in a Muay Thai contest, while Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium Champion Panpayak Jitmuangnon of Thailand takes on RISE Featherweight Champion Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo of Japan in a kickboxing contest.

Vietnamese-British athlete Michael Pham and the United Kingdom's Amber Kitchen are set to see action as they face Mohamad Fakri Bin Yusoff of Malaysia and Viktoria Lipianska of Slovakia respectively in a pair of Muay Thai bouts.

Vietnamese martial arts athletes will of course be well-represented in ONE Championship’s inaugural event in the country. 

Set to see action are Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Nguyen Thanh Tung, who will take on Azwan Che Wil and Shahzaib Rindh respectively, in Vietnamese Super Series bouts.

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