[PHOTOS] Thailand vs Japan: Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, Hiroaki Suzuki fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

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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.

Blue Corner

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.”

Red Corner

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.

Fight Result

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 NongO 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.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

[PHOTOS] ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ open workout: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Superlek Kiatmoo9, Pongsiri Mitsatit

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ONE Championship held the official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on April 25, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Gracing the stage were ONE Championship athletes who demonstrated their various skills to select media in attendance.

Showcasing their many talents was ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, who performed alongside fellow Thai superstars Petchdam Petchyindee AcademyRodtang “The Iron Man” JitmuangnonSingtongnoi Por TelakunSuperlek Kiatmoo9, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion, stated: “This event proves that Muay Thai is one of the best martial arts in the world. It gives us a chance to showcase our discipline through our hard work. Representing Thailand on the global stage is a huge honor for me. I know my opponent trained very hard and is motivated to share the stage with me. But every day I get better and better and I continue to improve as a fighter. I plan to show all of my improvements and come into this fight with my best. I will leave the stadium in front of my hometown fans with the title around my waist and still champion.”

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, ONE Athlete, stated: “It is an honor to compete for the first ever ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title. This is a big opportunity for me to prove that I am the best in the world in what I do. All of my efforts and the trials in my career have led up to this point and I am ready to seize the moment. I’ve had a tremendous training camp and I feel I am in the best shape of my life. Competing in Thailand, in front of my friends and family, I know it will give me added strength.”

Rodtang Jitmuangnon, ONE Athlete, stated: “I have enjoyed my time so far in ONE Championship. I feel it is a great arena to face the best fighters in the world. Sok Thy is a tough opponent, and if I can defeat him I think I am very close to a World Title shot. This is what I love to do, this is my life. I am so proud to represent my country and I promise to continue working hard to bring glory to Thailand.”

Pongsiri Mitsatit, ONE Athlete, stated: “Performing here today alongside these legends of Muay Thai, it is an absolute honor for me. Just standing here, it gives me great pride and joy. I am truly humbled to be in the presence of these amazing athletes. I know I also carry the pride of Thailand into the Circle, and I am prepared to do my absolute best to get the victory. I cannot wait to go in there and show off the fruits of hard training.”

Singtongnoi Por Telakun, ONE Athlete, stated: “After all that I have been through in my career and in my life, I feel very fortunate to this day to continue to do what I love. Muay Thai is my passion, and to be able to practice it is such a blessing. I want to inspire people to keep fighting, no matter the odds, or whatever problems they may be facing. We just have to keep on fighting. This warrior spirit I will showcase in front of my people. I am completely focused on giving the best performance I can give.”

Superlek Kiatmoo9, ONE Athlete, stated: “Competing in ONE Super Series is an honor. To display my talents and skills in front of millions of people around the world, I don’t think there is a better stage for martial arts. I want to thank ONE Championship for giving me this opportunity. I know fans of martial arts will be tuning in to watch this show, so there is a lot of pressure to win. I plan to go out there and do what I do best.”

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Warriors of Light” open workout:

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Nong-o Gaiyanghadao to defend ONE Super Series belt against Hiroaki Suzuki at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Bangkok, Thailand

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ONE Championship has just announced ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT set for the Impact Arena in Bangkok for May 10, 2019. Once again, Thailand will play host to another world-class evening of martial arts action. The very best in local and international martial arts talent will showcase their skills on the ONE Championship stage.

In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his title against Hiroaki Suzuki of Japan. In the co-main event, Muay Thai superstar Petchdam Petchyindee Academy of Thailand takes on Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi of Algeria for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Ticket information for ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT is available at www.onefc.com.

A living legend in the world of Muay Thai, multiple-time World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao has captured nearly every major accolade in the sport and is considered one of the greatest strikers of all time.

Born to a family of farmers, Nong-O began his Muay Thai career at the tender age of nine. After a few years of sharpening his skills, he decided to leave home for Bangkok when he was 14 years old to pursue Muay Thai full-time, both living and training at his camp.

Nong-O made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern stadium a year later, winning a decision in an undercard bout. This set off an incredible run of success across over 300 bouts, including two Thailand national Muay Thai championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different divisions, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.

Earlier this year, Nong-O captured the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title with a unanimous decision victory over China’s Han Zi Hao at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS. He is now set to make the first defense of his World Title against Japan’s Hiroaki Suzuki.

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

Now, Suzuki enters the biggest bout of his career thus far, as he challenges Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.

In the co-main event of the evening, Thailand’s very own Petchdam Petchyindee Academy attempts to make history as the first ever ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion when he takes on opponent Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi.

Petchdam is a multiple-time 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 Petchmorakot and Sorgraw. Over the course of his stellar career, the Thai hero has claimed several prestigious accolades, including Lumpinee Stadium and WBC World Muay Thai Championships, as well as a Toyota Marathon Tournament Title.

Now Petchdam has the opportunity to add the most valuable prize in martial arts to his trophy case — the ONE World Title.

Mahmoudi, on the other hand, is also a multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion who has trained in the sport since he was just five years of age. His competitive fire would see him fly to Muay Thai’s home country of Thailand at the age of nine, where he won his first professional bout with a flying knee knockout to earn the nickname of “The Sniper.”

Over the course of his career thus far, Mahmoudi has already compiled an excellent winning record with several knockouts on the way to World Titles in WMF, WPMF, and MTGP. He now looks forward to his first ONE World Title opportunity.

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[PHOTOS] Thailand vs China: Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, Han Zi Hao fight at ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ in Bangkok, Thailand

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Thailand and China were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Thailand.

Featuring five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Clash of Legends” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand faced Han Zi Hao, 23, of China.

Nong-o was one of the seven hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Han was one of the three fighters from China.

Blue Corner

Han started his martial arts training with sanda in China when he was 12 years old and eventually moved to Bangkok for his Muay Thai training. Training at Mad Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok, he is the first martial artist to earn three wins in ONE Super Series.

In kickboxing, Han defeated Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri, 26, of the Philippines at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on October 26, 2018. In Muay Thai, Han defeated Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, of Greece at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018 and Azwan “N41 Manik Ura” Che Wil, 23, of Malaysia at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 23, 2018.

Red Corner

Nong-o started his Muay Thai career at the age of 9 and went on to compete in more than 300 professional bouts. 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 and is now training at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

When ONE Super Series made its debut on April 20, 2018 at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Nong-o defeated Fabio Pinca, 34, France. On October 6, 2018, the Thai martial artist defeated Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of France at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena.

Fight Result

Nong-o and Han competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

After four three-minute rounds, the championship bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Nong-o, who was declared the new champion by defeating Han via unanimous decision.

Losing at “ONE: Clash of Legends” downgraded Han’s professional record to 58 wins and 16 losses. On the other hand, Nong-o now has 258 wins, 54 losses and 1 draw.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” Co-Main Event

In the co-main event of the evening, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, of Thailand faced Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. The Thai contender won via split decision.

Cambodia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Check all the results here.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” full video