Twelve elite martial artists are set to grace the global stage at ONE: NO SURRENDER II in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, 14 August.
While fans might know all about their victories or their fighting styles, there is always more than meets the eye. Here, we dig a little deeper and bring you seven surprising facts about the stars of ONE: NO SURRENDER II.
#1 Saemapetch Was A Military Man
The Thai had dreamed of joining his country’s military, and that experience ultimately prepared him for a career in Muay Thai.
#2 Rodlek Inspired ‘The Iron Man’
Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym will compete in the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament semifinals on Friday, and his style might just remind fans of a certain superstar.
That’s because ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon has stated that he modeled his fighting style after Rodlek.
#3 Pinto Made History As A Teenager
In 2010, Leo Pinto made history.
At the age of 17, the French Muay Thai stylist became the first foreigner to win the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium Best Fighter of the Year award.
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#4 Zatout Leads A Stable Of Elite Fighters
Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout may be an active competitor in ONE Super Series, but the French-Algerian striker is also a gym trainer with an elite stable of fighters.
Zatout is the co-owner of Venum Training Camp Thailand, where he teaches stars like Samy “AK 47” Sana, Adam Noi, Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled, and ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov.
#5 Mitsatit Joined Rescue Efforts
Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit is a true hero.
In July 2018, the strawweight was one of the first responders in the rescue efforts for the 12 members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach. The team and the coach became trapped in a complex cave system in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province, and Mitsatit was determined to do his part and help.
In the end, the players and coach were rescued safely.
#6 Fujisawa’s Original Dream Job
Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa is now a martial artist, but he was eyeing a different profession during high school.
The Japanese athlete wanted to become a salesman and eventually own his own clothing store.
#7 Shink Is A Triplet
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Promotional newcomer John Shink may prove to be a special mixed martial arts talent, but he is already part of a special club.
The flyweight was born a triplet, as he has a fraternal brother and sister.