VIETNAM IS SET TO SIZZLE FOR ITS ONE CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT
22 August 2019 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its historic first event to be held in Vietnam. Live from Ho Chi Minh City is ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, featuring the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent. The greatest strikers from all corners of the globe are set to converge at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium on 6 September for an action-packed evening. ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH is also the first event to feature all ONE Super Series bouts. In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his title against Brice Delval of France. Ticket information for ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH is available at www.onefc.com. Considered one of the greatest strikers of all time, Nong-O has captured nearly every accolade in Muay Thai. He made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium when he was just a teenager and won. That set off an incredible run of success. The icon has competed in over 300 professional bouts. During that time, 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. Since joining the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series, Nong-O has dominated the competition. In February, he captured the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title with a unanimous decision victory over Han Zi Hao. He then successfully defended the belt in his next bout against Hiroaki Suzuki. Nong-O’s opponent, striking sensation Brice Delval, is a natural talent who trains at the famed Mahmoudi Gym in France. Delval grew up on the French island of Réunion, where he discovered his passion for martial arts. That ultimately led him to the sport of Muay Thai. An S1 Muay Thai World Champion, Delval now joins ONE Super Series. In his official debut, he will challenge Nong-O for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title. Rising star Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand returns to action in a Muay Thai contest. The former MTGP Welterweight World Champion joined ONE Super Series in 2018 and has since impressed during his time inside the ring. Prodigiously talented, Saemapetch took up Muay Thai at the age of 11, and a mere three years later, he was already competing at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. Now training out of the renowned Fairtex camp in Pattaya, alongside the likes of Muay Thai World Champions Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Stamp Fairtex, Saemapetch is certainly a noteworthy talent to watch out for. Saemapetch takes on French Muay Thai Kickboxer and 5-time Muay Thai World Champion and Lumpinee Stadium World Champion Rafi Bohic.
Bantamweights Kulabdam “Left Meteorite” Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai of Thailand and Bobo “The Panther” Sacko of France are set to see action in a Muay Thai contest. Kulabdam made a name for himself in the prestigious Channel 7 Stadium with an impressive streak of knockout victories in 2016. He was awarded the Sports Writers Association Fighter of the Year honors for his performances in 2017. Also, he is a 2-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion. Sacko, on the other hand, is a WMF Welterweight Muay Thai World Champion and WPMF Muay Thai World Champion. Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium Champion Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon of Thailand takes on RISE Featherweight Champion Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo of Japan in a kickboxing contest. In addition, Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy of Thailand returns to action against WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri of Italy, while Singtongnoi Por Telakun of Thailand faces Kohei “Momotaro” Kodera of Japan.. Vietnamese-English athlete Michael “The Beast from the East” Pham and the United Kingdom's Amber “AK 47” Kitchen are set to see action as they face Mohamad Fakri “Ant Man” Bin Yusoff of Malaysia and Viktoria Lipianska of Slovakia, respectively, in a pair of Muay Thai bouts. Also, Vietnamese-Australian athlete Chris Nguyen faces Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara in a Muay Thai contest. Making her striking debut is Vietnamese-American mixed martial arts star Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen who takes on India’s Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar in a Vietnamese Super Series Muay Thai contest. Vietnamese martial arts athletes will, of course, be well-represented in ONE Championship’s inaugural event in the country. Set to see action are Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Nguyen Thanh Tung, who will take on Malaysia’s Azwan Che Wil and Pakistan’s Shahzaib “King” Rindh, respectively, in Vietnamese Super Series bouts. Last but not least is a pair of kickboxing bouts. World Fighting League Tournament Champion Santino Verbeek of the Netherlands goes head-to-head with WTKA Champion Juan Cervantes of the United Kingdom, while WMC World Champion Beybulat Isaev of Russia locks horns with Brazilian National Kickboxing Champion Anderson “Braddock” Silva.