ONE Championship™ (ONE) athletes competing at ONE: COLLISION COURSE, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore this Friday, 18 December, spoke to the media ahead of their respective bouts.
#5-ranked mixed martial arts lightweight contender Lowen Tynanes, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, undefeated rising bantamweight Troy Worthen, #4-ranked bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, and ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Champion Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym all took time to talk about their upcoming bouts at ONE: COLLISION COURSE.
Undefeated lightweight contender Tynanes is making his highly-anticipated return to the ONE Circle this Friday night. The calm and relaxed Hawaiian is looking for a statement-making performance. Ahead of the bout, Tynanes talked about dealing with a rare autoimmune disease that has kept him sidelined for nearly two years, his upcoming opponent Marat Gafurov, and possibly facing fellow Hawaiian Christian Lee down the line.
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov aims to remind his opposition of his greatness, but he has to get past a lightweight monster in Tynanes to be able to accomplish that. Gafurov addressed the media regarding his preparations for Tynanes in Russia, his grappling experience with Shinya Aoki and possibly meeting the Japanese legend again in a mixed martial arts contest, possible future bouts with some big names at lightweight, the lessons he learned from fighting Martin Nguyen, and his thoughts on new featherweight king Thanh Le.
Undefeated bantamweight star Troy Worthen will look to crack the top five in his division when he takes on veteran Yusup Saadulaev. Worthen spoke to the media on various topics such as moving from Asia back home to the United States to train at Sanford MMA, training with top talents like Aung La N Sang, Martin Nguyen, and Michael Chandler, his transformation under renowned striking coach Henri Hooft, and how confident he is heading into his next bout. All that and more in Worthen’s complete interview down below.
#4-ranked bantamweight contender Saadulaev is a veteran on the verge of earning a ONE World Title shot. If he can get past the undefeated Worthen, it will surely signal his readiness to compete for the title. Talking to the media, Saadualev shared his thoughts on the recent John Lineker vs. Kevin Belingon match, calling out ‘Hands of Stone’ to a showdown, his thoughts on Worthen’s weaknesses and how he will capitalize on them, a possible match against Shuya Kamikubo, his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov, and much more.
Reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion and Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will make the fourth defense of his belt when he takes on countryman Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym. The 34-year-old veteran fielded questions from the media regarding his long layoff and how it has affected his training, fighting and competing for the first time this year, his thoughts on the recent Rodlek vs. Kulabdam bout, and his dissection of Rodlek’s strengths and weaknesses.
#2-ranked Muay Thai bantamweight contender Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym is headed into the biggest match of his career against the legendary Nong-O. A confident Rodlek talked to the media ahead of his first shot at the ONE World Title to speak on his chances against a very dominant champion in Nong-O, being able to represent Thailand on the global stage of competition, and his motivations for continuing to fight. Check out the full interview with Rodlek down below.
Complete Card for ONE: COLLISION COURSE
(c) Roman Kryklia vs. Andrei Stoica (ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship)
(c) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship)
Marat Gafurov vs. Lowen Tynanes (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Yodkaikaew Fairtex (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
Yusup Saadulaev vs. Troy Worthen (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)
Chan Rothana vs. Xie Wei (mixed martial arts – flyweight)