Every Fighter’s Road To The ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix
John WolcottApr 28, 2022
In January 2018, unbelievable Muay Thai striker Sam-A Gaiyanghadao confronted WBC Muay Thai World Champion Joseph Lasiri in ONE Championship’s very first Muay Thai session – and that second sent shockwaves through the battle sports world.
Given the positive gathering, Muay Thai warriors across the globe needed to exhibit their abilities in the association. They before long came in large numbers – from featherweights down to strawweights, from men to ladies, and from prepared veterans to young novices.
Yet, even with all that ability spread across the advancement, maybe no weight class can match flyweight for unadulterated fervor and profundity.
Fortunately for battle fans, eight of the baddest strikers on earth will contend in the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix, which starts with the quarterfinal round at ONE 157: Petchmorakot versus Vienot on Friday, 20 May.
Before ONE Championship starts off one more esteemed competition at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, we should take a gander at how every member showed up in the bracket.Rodtang Jitmuangnon has been the most prevailing flyweight Muay Thai warrior in ONE history, and he needs to additional concrete that status in the Grand Prix.
The reigning divisional ruler will fight Jacob Smith in the quarterfinals, and he desires to at last match the competition’s silver belt with his brilliant World Title lash.
The 24-year-old Thai made his ONE presentation in 2018 against a game Sergio Wielzen, beating the Surinamese competitor by consistent choice and afterward winning his next three sessions.
“The Iron Man” then, at that point, deposed Jonathan Haggerty to catch the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title and has protected it multiple times since, remembering a third-round TKO of the Englishman for their rematch.
All the more as of late, the man with a 267-42-10 vocation record exchanged sports and beat Tagir Khalilov by split choice under kickboxing rules. From that point, he got back to his foundations and beat “Scaled down T” Danial Williams by consistent choice in ONE’s most engaging stand-up challenge of 2021.
Rodtang has even tried things out in blended combative techniques, as he confronted 12-time MMA World Champion Demetrious Johnson in an exceptional guidelines super battle at ONE X in March.
Albeit the Thai experienced his most memorable misfortune in ONE, the piece with “Powerful Mouse” was extraordinary and showed that he will figure out any test.
In this way, when the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix was reported, the man on the division was not content to remain uninvolved. Notwithstanding having an objective on his back, he needed to contend with the best competitors in the weight class and add one more belt to his assortment.
Furthermore, in the event that he loses during the competition, Rodtang will likewise confront the World Grand Prix Champion in a future World Title showdownEver since Jonathan Haggerty lost his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title to Rodtang, the 25-year-old has been determined to recover the gold. What’s more, he’s made a fabulous showing up to this point, winning his last two battles.
The English star beat #4-positioned flyweight Muay Thai competitor Mongkolpetch Petchyindee and #4-positioned flyweight kickboxing competitor Taiki Naito by obvious consistent choices, which guaranteed he would stay a World Title danger.
With a 18-4 profession record, Haggerty currently possesses the #1-competitor spot underneath Rodtang and has demonstrated he can overcome the greatest names in the game. Truth be told, he won the divisional lash with a stunning upset of Sam-An out of 2019 – an accomplishment almost everybody questioned he could pull off.Taiki Naito has effectively skipped between striking games, piling up a great 34-9 record across Muay Thai and kickboxing.
Subsequent to going along with ONE out of 2019, “Quiet Sniper” won his initial three battles in the association against Alexi Serepisos, Rui Botelho, and Savvas Michael under Muay Thai principles. His only misfortune came against Haggerty, yet Naito immediately returned with a success in kickboxing over Wang Wenfeng.
The Japanese striker then procured his greatest honor to date with a triumph against previous ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchdam Petchyindee under Muay Thai guidelines.
With a triumph of that type on his resume, the 26-year-old from Bell Wood Fight Team procured his direction into the competition, where he’ll confront the following flyweight on this rundown.