The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), earlier today held the ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS Official Kick-Off Press Conference at the W Hotel in Bangkok.
In attendance at the Press Conference and part of the head table was Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship, main event athletes Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and Han Zi Hao, co-main event athletes Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym and Alaverdi Ramazanov, Shannon Wiratchai and opponent Amarsanaa Tsogookhu, and Rika Ishige and opponent Nou Srey Pov.
Ticket information for ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS is available at www.onefc.com.
Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship, stated: “Thailand has given the world one of the most famous martial arts in human history. Muay Thai is an intricately crafted and devastating striking style known for its effectiveness and power. It comes as no surprise that Thailand is recognized for having the best strikers in the world. That’s why we at ONE Championship love being back here, because we feel that we are one with the martial arts spirit and the culture of this beautiful country. This Saturday, ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS will showcase Muay Thai, together with other martial arts, in all their glory, an thrill fans all over the world.”
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title Contender, stated: “It is an honor to be here in front of all the media and the fans. I would like to say, I am extremely excited and happy for this incredible opportunity. Han Zi Hao is very fast and he is a great athlete. I will tell you one thing, I will not underestimate him. Through hard practice and training, I have become stronger. Expect the best version of Nong-O Gaiyanghadao in the ring this Saturday night. I’m coming for the belt and it would be an honor to be crowned the first ever ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion.”
Han Zi Hao, ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title Contender, stated: “This time, I have the chance to challenge for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title, and that means a lot to me. I came to Thailand to practice Muay Thai when I was 14 years old because I know the best in the world train here. Nong-O [Gaiyanghadao] has been my idol since I was a kid. Now, I have the chance to face my idol in the ring, and it is a big honor for me. I want to bring the belt back to China. I will do my best.”
ONE Championship heads back to Bangkok, Thailand on 16 February for ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS. It is an event that will feature one of the country’s most accomplished warriors competing for one of the promotion’s top prizes. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will face China’s Han Zi Hao with the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.
Before the main event, there will be multiple bouts– a mixture of Muay Thai and mixed martial arts contests. There are 12 matches in all counting the four prelim competitions. Here is a look at the five things you need to know ahead of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS
The Accomplishments of Nong-O
Nong-O is a five-division multiple-time World Champion, 5x Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion, 1x Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion, 2x Thailand National Champion, 3x Fighter of the Year, and more.
He has fought against fellow legends like Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Petchboonchu F.A.Group, Pakorn Sakyothin, Kongsak Sitboonmee, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Sagetdao Petpayathai and many more.
Fans who get an opportunity to watch him compete will be seeing a legitimate legend in action.
More Than Just a World Title on the Line
No man has ever worn the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title around his waist, so the winner of the main event will be forever etched in ONE Championship history. Nong-O’s accomplishments as an athlete are plentiful, but if he were to accomplish his goal at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, he will have attained what is arguably the most prestigious World Title he’s ever held.
Han isn’t as experienced as Nong-O, so there is no question how much capturing the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title would mean to him. Perhaps even more significant than the title, a victory over a legend like Nong-O, in his hometown, could mean even more.
Native Thai Warriors on the Card
Nong-O is the premier attraction, but many of his countrymen and women will also be competing at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS. Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym battles Russia’s Alaverdi Ramazanov in a bantamweight Muay Thai bout. Superlek Kiatmoo9 takes on Cambodia’s Lao Chetra in a flyweight Muay Thai match. There’s also the aforementioned Chamuaktong-Peters clash, and finally, fan-favorite Rika Ishige faces Cambodia’s Nou Srey Pov in a women’s atomweight MMA clash, and Shannon Wiratchai faces Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu.
With so many Thai athletes competing, the crowd at the Impact Center should be in full throw by the time Nong-O climbs onto the platform.
Keep Your Eyes on Malaysia’s Jihin Radzuan
She’s young, but Radzuan has been on a steady incline since her professional mixed martial arts career began. The “Shadow Cat” is 4-0 and she’s coming off her biggest win yet with a unanimous-decision over veteran Jenny Huang. At ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, Radzuan will try to remain undefeated as she battles the Philippines’ Gina Iniong.
It’s possible we could see Radzuan taking on Ishige in a pivotal atomweight match sometime in the future–especially if both of them are victorious.