ONE Championship returns to the home of Muay Thai with a stacked event on Friday, 10 May.
The world’s largest martial arts organization brings ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT to the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, and a pair of World Title clashes top the bill.
Between those two iconic battles and an explosive undercard, the promotion will undoubtedly deliver another spectacular night of martial arts action in “The Land Of Smiles.”
Here are four big reasons why you must watch this blockbuster show.
#1 Two World Title Bouts
The top of the card boasts two World Title matches, as four elite strikers look to leave the Thai capital with gold wrapped around their waists.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event, a pair of Muay Thai aces will square off for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title, as Petchdam Petchyindee Academy takes on Elias Mahmoudi for the vacant crown.
The action will be fast and furious, and with World Title gold on the line, fans can be sure that all four men will give it their all in order to claim one of those prestigious belts.
#2 Muay Thai Action In The Sport’s Birthplace
In addition to the World Title bout in the headline attraction, the event will also feature a trio of Muay Thai flyweight contests with a slew of local stars.
All six athletes have a huge opportunity to push themselves towards the front of the queue for a shot at the newly-crowned ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan “The General” Haggerty.
#3 Debuting Stars Look To Make An Impact
Besides the aforementioned Michael, there are three more promotional newcomers who will try to make an impact in their respective debuts.
Among them will be Shooto Bantamweight World Champion Shoko Sato, who clashes with ONE Warrior Series alum Mark Fairtex Abelardo. The winner of this bout could very well establish himself as a contender for the ONE Bantamweight World Title.
Also, Dutch mixed martial artist Pieter “The Archangel” Buist will make his bow in The Home Of Martial Arts. He faces Shooto Welterweight Tournament Champion Kota “Kong” Shimoishi in a lightweight affair.
Completing the quartet of debuts is 18-year-old Taiwanese sensation Wang Chin Long, who meets former ONE World Title challenger Janet Todd in a kickboxing tilt. The winner could position herself for a potential clash with two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex.
#4 The Return Of “The Smiling Assassin”
Representing the home country in mixed martial arts will be local hero Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit.
The 22-year-old Chiang Mai native kicked off his career with a nine-bout win streak, but his momentum was derailed by a pair of defeats — including his first career blemish to now-ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.
To get a rematch with the Filipino, Mitsatit must rebuild his steam, and that begins with his upcoming clash against Pacio’s compatriot, Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan.
Catalan will surely be fired up to face “The Smiling Assassin.” After all, he wants to move up the rankings too, as well as avenge his brother Rabin’s loss, who fell to Mitsatit in March 2017.