5 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss ONE: A NEW BREED

Aug 26, 2020

ONE Championship is ready to unleash A NEW BREED.

This coming Friday, 28 August, the promotion brings ONE: A NEW BREED to Bangkok, Thailand, and the seven-bout card is guaranteed to keep fans entertained from beginning to end.

There is a riveting World Title bout, a tournament championship final, and five other thrilling Muay Thai and mixed martial arts contests on the bill. What’s more, four martial arts World Champions are scheduled for action.

Now, here are five of the biggest reasons why you must watch ONE: A NEW BREED live on Friday.

#1 An Explosive World Title Main Event

After spending the past several months chasing mixed martial arts glory, ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex will return to her natural discipline to defend her coveted gold in Friday’s main event.

The Thai megastar, who owns a 63-16-5 professional record, will be particularly motivated to retain her belt after losing her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title to Janet “JT” Todd via split decision in February. The last thing Stamp wants to see is another strap leave her waist – especially in her home stadium and from the sport she’s most comfortable in.

On Friday, there’s no doubt the Fairtex representative will bring her punches, her famed kicks, and her brilliant counterstrikes to the ring, and she will need her cardio, her power, and her all-around game to thwart the attacks of Brazilian challenger Allycia Hellen Rodrigues.

Since moving to “The Land Of Smiles” two years ago, Rodrigues has quickly made a name for herself on the national scene.

She’s compiled an impressive 30-5 record and defeated respected veterans like Dangkongfah Jaosuanoy Muaythai and Thananchanok Kaewsamrit en route to capturing the Ayutthaya Miracle Championship. 

Though Stamp may be the more powerful striker, Rodrigues plans to tire her out. To do so, the Brazilian expects to be in the champ’s face all night, pressuring her with a dizzying array of punches, kicks, or even knees.

Overall, their styles play well into each other’s, and with the stakes sky-high, fireworks are all but guaranteed.

#2 The ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Final

The grand finale in the riveting ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament will go down on Friday night, as Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym goes toe-to-toe with “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai.

Truth be told, this battle between Muay Thai World Champions has all the elements of a potential “Fight Of The Night.”

Each man has a reputation for moving forward, throwing low kicks, and packing tremendous knockout power in their fists; for Rodlek, it’s his right cross, and for Kulabdam, it’s his left cross.

Many athletes have tasted that power already. The revered PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym standout knocked out Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller and even dropped the tough-as-nails Liam “Hitman” Harrison and Chris Shaw.

Meanwhile, Kulabdam used his left cross to knock down the division’s #2-ranked contender, Bobo “The Panther” Sacko, in their September thriller, and he scored a devastating knockout of top-ranked contender “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort in the tournament semis last week.

This co-main event will be exciting for as long as it lasts, and to keep these warriors extra motivated, the winner will be gifted a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title shot against Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.

#3 The Zamboangas Take On Thailand

This Friday, Filipino siblings Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga and her older brother, Drex “T-Rex” Zamboanga, will fight on the same ONE card for the first time.

They are the latest brother-sister combo to compete together in ONE, and the siblings have hopes of becoming mixed martial arts World Champions like reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee and her younger brother, ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee.

The Zamboangas have a long way to go, but if they can win their respective matches against their Thai opponents at ONE: A NEW BREED, their last name will carry even more weight on the global stage.

First, Drex will make his promotional debut against Detchadin “Detch” Sornsirisuphathin, who is joining the main roster following his run on Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series.

Later, Denice will attempt to maintain her status as the #1-ranked atomweight contender when she meets Watsapinya “Dream Girl” Kaewkhong, a dangerous mixed martial arts newcomer who is a Thailand national wrestler, a national judo champion, and a Muay Thai fighter with a 46-12 professional record in “the art of eight limbs.”

#4 Wondergirl Looks To Continue Ascent

While Stamp holds down the atomweight Muay Thai division, her friend and teammate, Wondergirl Fairtex, could quickly establish herself as the premier competitor in the strawweight Muay Thai ranks.

The rising star impressed in her promotional debut last week, as she decimated Australian veteran Brooke Farrell en route to a crushing first-round knockout.

On Friday, the 21-year-old Thai will look to continue her rise and secure another highlight-reel finish.

But standing in her way is KC “Pinay Fight” Carlos, an American-born fighter who trains out of Phuket Top Team.

Carlos has made a name for herself on the local scene, where she is a Chalong Boxing Stadium Champion. Now, she has a chance to make her mark on the global stage, and there is no doubt the winner of this bout will be considered one of the strawweight Muay Thai division’s leading ladies.

#5 The Fairtex-Tiger Muay Thai Feud Rages On

Mixed martial artist Yodkaikaew Fairtex cracks John Shink with an uppercut

Just a few weeks ago, two of Thailand’s biggest gyms saw their flyweight prospects meet in the Circle. Ultimately, Fairtex drew first blood against Tiger Muay Thai.

In that fight, Max Stadium Muay Thai Champion Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex emerged victorious, as he brilliantly knocked out the then-undefeated John Shink in their flyweight mixed martial arts tilt at ONE: NO SURRENDER II.

Now, Yodkaikaew will return to the Circle and face Tiger Muay Thai’s BJJ and No-Gi Coach, Alex Schild, who would love nothing more than to avenge his fallen teammate and earn his first victory on the global stage.

As for “Y2K,” he has a chance to build momentum and push his record to 2-0 against the athletes from the popular Phuket-based mega-gym.

Read more: The Top Highlights From ONE: NO SURRENDER III

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