One Championship: Elite Warriors Are Yangon Bound
Monday, June 11th: Singapore based One Championship is headed back to familiar stomping ground in the mystic city of Yangon, Myanmar, for their upcoming ‘Spirit of a Warrior’ event, which takes place on Friday the 29th of June at Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium. The show takes on a even grittier edge with the added spice of two intriguing MuayThai matchups for the event — plus a former MuayThai superstar making his anticipated fourth foray into the competitive world of MMA.
30-year-old Tukkatatong Petpayathai is one of the most revered kickboxers in the world of MuayThai, capturing numerous titles throughout his career such as the Channel 7 Muay Thai Championship, the North East Thailand Championship, and the Andaman League Tournament Championship. Competing since the age of 10, Tukkatatong has over 200 professional MuayThai bouts, and has been highly-ranked at both the Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums. He is known for his versatility in the ring, being able to switch between a technical and an aggressive style. Tukkatatong is set make his ONE Super Series debut against Panicos Yusuf. Panicos Yusuf is one of the biggest names in British MuayThai. Born in Limassol, Cyprus, he discovered Muay Thai in his homeland, and continued to train after migrating to the United Kingdom at the age of 20. Under the tutelage of striking coach Paul Tite, the two-time MuayThai World Champion is regarded by many to be one of the very best kickboxers of his generation, continuing to amaze the global MuayThai scene with his intelligence and skill in the ring. Aiming to bolster his growing repertoire as an international MuayThai star, Yusuf directs his career path to ONE Championship. He is scheduled to have his maiden ONE Super Series appearance against Tukkatatong Petpayathai.
Competing out of Brisbane, Australia, Elliot Compton is a four-time World Cage MuayThai Champion. Having a professional record of 76-7, Compton is known for his fan-friendly style that puts fans on the edge of their seats. He made his ONE Super Series debut last April, facing Cosmo Alexandre in a dazzling striking contest. Compton seeks to redeem himself by capturing his first win under the ONE Championship banner, as he is slated to duke it out with the debuting Matthew Semper. A fixture at Tiger MuayThai & MMA Training Camp in Phuket, Thailand, Matthew Semper is one of the top draws in Thailand’s local kickboxing scene, exhibiting a striking prowess that is virtually unmatched in his division. The 30-year-old American has earned several accolades in his professional career, including the PK1 Super Heavyweight and AMCO Cruiser-weight Championship titles. All eyes will be on Semper at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR, as he collides with Elliot Compton in his ONE Super Series debut.
31-year-old Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai is a MuayThai specialist and a four-time Lumpinee Stadium champion who has won every major title in MuayThai. Voted by Thai media as one of the greatest MuayThai practitioners in history, Sagetdao is known for his highly technical knowledge in all of MuayThai’s varied techniques. Concluding his Muay Thai career with a record of 162-62-1, Sagetdao transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2017, acing his first three bouts with flying colors. In his next outing, Sagetdao will be taking on China’s Ma Jia Wen. Freestyle wrestling standout Ma Jia Wen is a 21-year old martial artist from Tianjin, China with a 5-2 record. He is part of a rapidly rising contingent of talented Chinese fighters who have shown great promise in combining the various aspects of striking and grappling. In his last outing, he notched a second-round submission win over Pakistan’s Ahmed Mujtaba. Ma has another tall order in front of him in his next bout, as he goes head-to-head with MuayThai legend Sagetdao Petpayathai.
ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR Friday, 29 June Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar Main Event ONE Middleweight World Championship Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa Mixed Martial Arts: 93.0kg Leandro Issa vs Roman Alvarez Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg Sagetdao Petpayathai vs Ma Jia Wen Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg Rafael Nunes vs Tetsuya Yamada Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg Ahmad Qais Jasoor vs Chen Lei Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg Tukkatatong Petpayathai vs Panicos Yusuf ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg Jeremy Miado vs Kritsada Kongsrichai Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg Elliot Compton vs Matthew Semper ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 77.1kg For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.