Formerly an exclusively MMA-promotion, ONE Championship has made leaps and bounds in publicity and getting fight fans on the edge of their seats ever since they added in striking (kickboxing and Muay Thai) bouts to their shows, coining the striking bouts “ONE Super Series” bouts.
Come September 6, 2019, ONE Championship will be hosting an ALL-STRIKING event in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Amber Kitchen (UK) will be making her ONE debut against Viktoria Lipianska (SK). Kitchen, daughter of former 14x world champion Julie Kitchen, seeks to cement her own place in Muay Thai history. She’s the current WBC National and IAMTF International champion. Lipianska, despite coming from a place where kickboxing is the predominant striking sport, has been active in Muay Thai and has a notable win over Amanda Juniku. Their bout is set for 56.7 kg / 125 lb under Muay Thai rules.
Bi Nguyen (VN/US) will enjoy having the home crowd in Vietnam supporting her as she faces Puja Tomar (IN). Nguyen has fought MMA under the promotion before, but is no stranger to Muay Thai rules. Tomar is a multiple-time national Indian Wushu Champion. The bout is set for 52.2 kg / 115 lb under Muay Thai rules.
The main event will have legendary Muay Femur fighter Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (TH) return to the stage to defend his ONE Muay Thai title against Brice Delval (DZ). Nong-O, a 5-division champion at both Rajadamnern and Lumpinee, is considered one of the best pound-for-pound strikers. He has won all of his fights on ONE by either knockout or undisputed convincing fashion, showcasing his lightning face strikes and experienced timing. However, Delval is no pushover. At a mere 20 years of age, he has an astonishing record of 30-5 professional fights. This is a classic fight of experience vs youth. This fight is set for 65.8 kg / 145 lb under Muay Thai rules.
Other notable fights on the card include:
- Singtongnoi Por Telakun (TH), a veteran in the striking world. He has won titles for WMC and Lumpinee, and was rewarded Rajadamnern Stadium Fighter of the Year. He will face Momotaro (JP), a WBC Japan champ, in a bout set for 61.2 kg / 135 lb under Muay Thai rules.
- Regular stadium fighter Panpayak Jitmuangnon (TH) will be going up against Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo (JP) in a bout set for 61.2 kg / 135 lb under kickboxing rules.
- Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai (TH) aka “The Executioner” will be taking on Bobo Sacko (FR) in a bout set at 65.8 kg / 145 lb under Muay Thai rules. This will be an interesting matchup as Kulabdam usually fights at a lower weight class of 63.5 kg. Kulabdam has highlight reel knockouts with his hands, hence his name, while Sacko has beat notable names such as Liam Harrison.
- Saemapetch Fairtex (TH), current Muay Thai Grand Prix champion and winner of the prestigious Tiger Cement tournament at Channel 7, will be taking on Rafi Bohic (FR). Bohic has been active in the scene for a very long time and has a lot of respect from foreigners and Thais alike. He’s fought quite a bit in the stadiums and has proved to be able to share the ring with Thailand’s own superstars. Saemapetch does have youth on him, so this is yet another classic matchup of experience vs youth. This bout will be at 65.8 kg / 145 lb under Muay Thai rules.
This event is going down next weekend, September 6, at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
First fight starts at 5:30.
For those that want to watch, tickets are available via ONE Championship.
You can also watch the entire event from your phone via the ONE Super App for free.
ONE Championship’s Facebook page will live stream the prelims only.
Michael Pham (UK/VN) vs Mohamad Fakri Bin Yusoff (MY) @ 155 lb
Nguyen Thanh Tung (VN) vs Shahzaib Ridh (PK) @ 155 lb
Amber Kitchen (UK) vs Viktoria Lipianski (SK) @ 125 lb
Singtongnoi Por Telakun (TH) vs Momotaro (JP) @ 135 lb
Santino Verbeek (NL) vs Juan Cervantes (UK) @ 185 lb
Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy (TH) vs Joseph Lasiri (IT) @ 135 lb
Panpayak Jitmuangnon (TH) vs Masahide Kudo (JP) @ 135 lb
Bi Ngyuen (VN/US) vs Puja Tomar (IN) @ 115 lb
Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai (TH) vs Bobo Sacko (FR) @ 145 lb
Beybulat Isaev (RU) vs Anderson Silva (BR) @ 225 lb
Ngyuen Tran Duy Nhat (VN) vs Azwan Che Wil (MY) @ 135 lb
Saemapetch Fairtex (TH) vs Rafi Bohic (FR) @ 145 lb
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao(C) (TH) vs Brice Delval (DZ) @ 145 lb
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