Thailand and Japan were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.
Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand.
While Nong-o was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Suzuki was one of the four representatives of Japan. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States were also represented.
Representing Bellwood Fight Team, Suzuki is a 2014 Shoot Boxing S-Cup winner. “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked his third ONE Super Series bout.
Suzuki defeated Deividas “The Savage Sitsongpeenong” Danyla, 26, of Lithuania at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. On January 25, 2019, the Japanese fighter competed again at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and knocked out “Jordan Boy” Mohammed Bin Mahmoud, 22, of Malaysia at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.”
Nong-o 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. “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked his fourth ONE Super Series bout.
Training out of Evolve MMA, Nong-o made his ONE Super Series debut on April 20, 2018 at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, he defeated Fabio Pinca, 34, France. After defeating Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of France at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena on October 6, 2018, Nong-o became the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion by defeating Han Zi Hao, 23, of China at “ONE: Clash of Legends” at the Impact Arena on February 16, 2019.
Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee of the title bout between Nong-o and Suzuki. The judges were Jonathan Lai and Ian Cartwright of Canada and Esthton Thomas of Malaysia.
After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Nong-o, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Nong-o to 259 wins, 54 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Suzuki now has 41 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” Co-Main Event
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.
The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured Nong–O and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.
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