3 Reasons Why Felipe Lobo Is A Dangerous World Title Challenger For Jonathan Haggerty

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Felipe Lobo - Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship - ONE X

The main event of ONE Fight Night 19 on Prime Video will see Brazilian sensation Felipe “Demolition Man” Lobo challenge two-sport king Jonathan “The General” Haggerty for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.

It’s a huge matchup for fans of the striking arts, and it will go down in U.S. primetime on February 16 from the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fresh off a stunning knockout win over former top-ranked bantamweight Muay Thai contender Saemapetch Fairtex, Lobo comes into the contest brimming with confidence and full of momentum.

Before the action gets underway, we take a closer look at three weapons that make “Demolition Man” such a dangerous challenger for Haggerty.

#1 His Beautiful Left Hook

A master technician with shocking power in his hands, Lobo possesses the division’s best overall left hook.

Whether he’s throwing the punch on the counter or the lead, “Demolition Man” has a real knack for landing the left hook with pinpoint accuracy.

Much more than just a point-scoring blow, his left hook is also a show-stopper. 

In his epic come-from-behind victory over Saemapetch, for example, Lobo wobbled the Thai veteran with a thunderous left hook moments before securing the dramatic knockout finish.

#2 His High-Flying Jumping Attacks

While Lobo tends to rely on strong fundamental techniques like the jab, low round kick, and push kick, he loves to mix in leaping attacks that catch his opponents off-guard.

Because the 30-year-old typically fights at a longer range, he often finds success closing the distance with an explosive jumping move.

Across his four thrilling fights in the world’s largest martial arts organization, “Demolition Man” has thrown – and landed – jumping push kicks, elbows, knees, Superman punches, and round kicks. 

Expect that he will try to surprise Haggerty with some of these acrobatic techniques on February 16.

#3 His Unflappable Mindset And Elite Fight IQ

Beyond specific striking techniques, the Brazilian’s most dangerous weapon is his mind.

Never one to be counted out of any fight, Lobo has proven to be one of Muay Thai’s grittiest competitors, owning a never-say-die attitude that pushes his world-class opponents to their limits.

What’s more, his fight IQ is seemingly unmatched. The Tiger Muay Thai representative possesses a computer-like mind for both offense and defense and is often one step ahead of his foe.

Against Haggerty, Lobo will likely rely on his immense technical knowledge, sharp reflexes, and clear thinking to create openings.

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