Petchdam Gaiyanghadao earns 2nd ONE Super Series win

Kenny Tse, Olivier Coste, Petchdam Gaiyanghadao
Kenny Tse, Olivier Coste, Petchdam Gaiyanghadao

On October 6, 2018, Petchdam Gaiyanghadao, 20, of Bangkok, Thailand competed in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series for the second time. He was one of the seven Thai athletes who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the third bout of the evening, Petchdam competed in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division against Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse, 23, of China and Melbourne, Australia.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the Muay Thai flyweight bout between Petchdam and Tse at 1:26 in the first round. The Thai contender knocked out his Chinese opponent.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Petchdam’s professional record to 92 wins, 13 losses and 7 draws. On the other hand, Tse’s professional Muay Thai record downgraded to 39 wins and 6 losses.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here:

Nak Muay Stamp Fairtex talks female stereotypes in martial arts

Stamp Fairtex
Stamp Fairtex

Originally from Rayong Province, Thailand, Stamp Fairtex, 20, is the first ever female Thai athlete to be sponsored at Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand. She will also be the second female Nak Muay to take part in the ONE Super Series, the striking-only league of ONE Championship.

As a female martial artist, Stamp has had to overcome a lot of cultural expectations to get to where she is today. The Muay Thai practitioner said, “The hardest thing was overcoming female stereotypes.”

“In Thailand, female Muay Thai athletes were not very culturally accepted,” Stamp continued. “Females are viewed as weak and are expected to act ladylike.”

“Every female who became a Muay Thai athlete has her passion,” the Rayong Province native added. “They want to be recognized, but in fact, they are not accepted by society.”

Now, with the rise of female Muay Thai, Stamp is as determined as ever to win a ONE Super Series world title in hopes of making her family proud. What she does not realize is that she has become a role model not only for Muay Thai practitioners but also for young girls in Thailand.

On October 6, 2018, Stamp will challenge reigning ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. They will co-headline “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” marks Chuang’s first title defense as the reigning ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion. It also marks Stamp’s debut on the global stage for martial arts and her first ever kickboxing bout.

The bout against Chuang will enable Stamp to make a statement to the world that Thai female athletes are strong, capable individuals. At “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” thousands, if not millions, of Thai girls are expected to cheer on Stamp, their female Muay Thai idol.

Here is a clip featuring the inaugural ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship bout:

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Thailand’s Nong-O Gaiyanghadao wants ONE Super Series belt

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 31, of Bangkok, Thailand has won numerous coveted titles throughout his illustrious Muay Thai stint. The only accolade missing in his trophy room is a gold-plated strap in ONE Championship.

“I want to win a ONE World Title,”Nong-O stated. “The goal that brought me back to compete is to become a ONE World Champion. I want to win the title and defend it many times.”

On April 2018, Nong-O made a successful debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series by defeating two-time World Boxing Council Muay Thai World Champion Fabio Pinca, 34, of Lyon, France. The Thai martial artist plans to stick around and participate in ONE Super Series for a long time to come.

“It was amazing to finally compete in ONE Championship,” Nong-O shared. “And I cannot wait to do it again.”

Even if Nong-O has already achieved so much in the sport, he has a couple of new goals he wants to accomplish. He has nothing more to prove as a celebrated Muay Thai competitor but he believes that it is not yet the end of the road for him.

On October 6, 2018, Nong-O is returning to the ONE Super Series ring competing in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. His opponent will be WBC World Champion Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of Paris, France.

“A victory in this bout will be another step up in my career,” Nong-O declared. “It will push me onto bigger and better things. I am very excited to step back in the ring on 6th of October.”

If Nong-O can pick up his second-straight win on the most prestigious stage of competition against a man who has over 100 competitive matches under kickboxing and Muay Thai rules, a world title shot in ONE Super Series may not be too far away. Meanwhile, watch the Thai kickboxing superstar’s ONE Super Series debut here:

Why Serbian-American kickboxer Ognjen Topic kept his martial arts career a secret

Ognjen Topic
Ognjen Topic

Ognjen Topic, 32, one of the best Muay Thai competitors to come out of the United States. But the kickboxer, who is of Serbian descent, had to keep his life as a martial artist from his family for years.

What Topic’s parents wanted was for him to get a college diploma, and so, he did. He graduated from the William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

For years, Topic competed as a martial artist professionally but kept it a secret from his parents. Eventually, the truth surfaced when a family member had stumbled upon one of his bouts on the video streaming website YouTube and showed it to his father.

“My father stopped talking for me for four months,” Topic revealed. “After that, my parents realized this is something they were not going to be able to stop. We did not really talk about it. They knew I was still doing it, but we just kind of stopped talking about it.”

The time to talk about it eventually arrived. Topic gave his parents quite the choice to make.

“Finally, when I turned professional, I sat both of them down, and I said, ‘Either you are going to choose to support me, or I am going to walk out of here and you are never going to see me again,’” Topic shared. “I gave them that ultimatum, and they said that they were going to support me.”

As it turned out, it would be the best outcome for Topic as he went on to become a very decorated martial artist. He captured numerous titles in his professional career such as the Lion Fight Lightweight World Championship, the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) North American Lightweight Championship, the World Boxing Council (WBC) North American Super Featherweight Championship and the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Lightweight World Championship.

While the championships and honors bring prestige to the athlete, for Topic, it is all about giving back to the people who have helped to mold him into the top-tier martial artist that he is today. He explained, “Honestly, the titles have never meant that much to me, but it was mainly the look that I saw in my trainers’ faces after I won.”

“They were very emotional,” the Serbian-American kickboxer continued. “It was a long-term goal for them to get that title, and we finally did it, all together. It was just great to see that I made my coaches proud.”

Now, Topic plies his trade on the international stage. On May 12, 2018, he made his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series at “ONE: Grit and Glory” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia where he defeated Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, of Greece via unanimous decision in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division.

On September 8, 2018, Topic will compete again in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division as he returns to the ONE Championship ring at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China. His opponent will be Tukkatatong Petpayathai, 30, of Thailand.

Another decisive win will definitely move Topic one step closer to another prestigious honor, the ONE Super Series World Championship. Meanwhile, watch his bout against Mikkos here:

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