This Friday, 11 September, a dozen martial artists will be featured at the previously recorded ONE: A NEW BREED II from Bangkok, Thailand.
Fans already know the World Champion versus World Champion showdown atop the six-bout card, but there are also some intriguing lesser-known tidbits about the stars who are scheduled for action.
Take this opportunity to learn a few interesting facts about the martial arts heroes before they enter the ring on Friday night.
Clancy Got A Late Start
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Even though Sean “Clubber” Clancy went on to become a WBC Muay Thai World Champion, he started training very late in his life.
The Irishman did not play many sports during childhood, but when he was 21 years old, his fitness trainer encouraged him to attend a friend’s Muay Thai show.
Though Clancy was hesitant to attend, he went to the event and it changed his life. “It was electrifying,” he says. “I was literally on the edge of my seat for the entire show.”
That motivated “Clubber” to attend classes. And before long, he left Ireland to train in the birthplace of Muay Thai halfway across the world.
Pongsiri Is A Twin
That person is his twin brother, Sansiri, who also happens to be a Muay Thai fighter.
When the two siblings are together, they’re often called “Fad Ayothaya” – “Fad” meaning twin and “Ayothaya” representing the province they were born in.
Pongsiri is the younger twin, so he is called “Fad Nong Ayothaya.”
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The two competed in the same event and each claimed a title – Wondergirl won the PAT 118-pound Muay Thai Championship and Supergirl earned the PAT 115-pound Muay Thai Championship.
Just a little over a year later, the two siblings are both competing in The Home Of Martial Arts while looking to claim World Title belts.
Buapa Is A One Shin Champion
Prach “SuperBest” Buapa will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut on Friday, but he already won a prestigious title in his amateur career.
Buapa claimed the 2018 One Shin Cup Championship, which is something Thai pioneer Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai originally established to help grow the national amateur mixed martial arts scene at the grassroots level.
Above, check out one of Buapa’s victories from early on in the competition.
Niamthanom’s Awesome Nickname
Also making his promotional debut at ONE: A NEW BREED II is Witchayakorn Niamthanom, and he just so happens to have one of the coolest nicknames out there.
The Thai lightweight is known as “SuperBenz,” a moniker that fuses his love for Superman with his fascination of Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
On Friday, fans will get to see if Niamthanom rolls through Khalid “Monster” Friggini – or if the Moroccan is his kryptonite.