When ONE Championship opens the second chapter of its ‘A NEW BREED’ event series, all 12 martial arts heroes scheduled to appear on the show will be fighting for greatness.
Some athletes will try to make a name for themselves. Others will attempt to break into the rankings. And then there are those who will try to deliver highlight-reel performances and earn a crack at ONE World Title gold.
Here is what’s at stake for all 12 warriors who will be featured at the previously recorded ONE: A NEW BREED II from Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, 11 September.
Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym & Sean Clancy
It’s a pivotal moment for both men, especially the PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym representative.
Pongsiri, a four-time Muay Thai World Champion who holds a jaw-dropping professional record of 153-33-11, is looking for a big piece of redemption. In his first two contests on the global stage, he went toe-to-toe against much bigger opposition in the featherweight division. Though he fought valiantly, he fell on the wrong side of a decision each time.
Now, the 29-year-old is moving down to the bantamweight division – his natural weight class – to face athletes of similar stature while beginning his charge toward the belt. However, the Thai hero’s first step will not be easy.
Clancy, the first Irishman to ever compete in ONE Super Series, has a slew of momentous achievements on his resume. “Clubber” earned the WBC International Title in March 2019, claimed a WBC Muay Thai World Title four months later, and then won the WBC Muay Thai Fighter Of The Year award.
Both men are looking to put themselves on the road to ONE World Title gold. They also both love to move forward and refuse to back down. Between the high stakes and their fighting styles, this showdown will be an absolute thriller.
Superlek Kiatmoo9 & Fahdi Khaled
In the co-main event, there will be a battle for top-five contendership when “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9 squares off against Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled in a ONE Super Series kickboxing flyweight clash.
Superlek is currently the #2-ranked flyweight contender in both the ONE Super Series Muay Thai and kickboxing divisions, and he is poised to rise even higher – especially after defeating #1-ranked Muay Thai contender “The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon in July.
The Buriram, Thailand, native will solidify his status and could become the top dog in the division if he earns a sensational victory on Friday night.
However, the person with the most to gain in this fight is Khaled.
The Tunisian endured a rough start to life in The Home Of Martial Arts, losing to now-reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon in his promotional debut back in January 2019. But over time, Khaled improved, which was proven in his dominant victory over Chinese striker Huang Ding at ONE: NO SURRENDER II in August.
If “The Gladiator” can upset “The Kicking Machine,” then it would stand to reason that he would also jump into the rankings and push Superlek down a few notches.
Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai & Milagros Lopez
Supergirl is only 16 years old, but she owns a spectacular 37-5-1 professional record and arguably the most dangerous spear knees in the sport.
The phenom is looking to make a name for herself in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai atomweight division, and she’ll have a chance to deliver on all sorts of potential on Friday night.
To do so, she’ll need to defeat Milagros Lopez. The 24-year-old Argentinian Muay Thai Champion will also be making her promotional debut, and although she doesn’t have the competition experience of her teenage rival, she does have the punches, kicks, and clinch game to upset the national hero.
Also, this will be a history-making contest, as Supergirl will be the youngest competitor to enter the ONE Super Series ranks and Lopez will be the first Argentine woman to fight in the all-striking league.
With that weighing on their minds, neither lady will want to lose in such a historical fight.
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Prach Buapa & Brogan Stewart-Ng
After successful amateur careers, two accomplished strikers will be making their mixed martial arts debuts on Friday.
Prach “SuperBest” Buapa comes from a Muay Thai background, where he racked up a 10-2 professional record. Also, he started competing on the Thailand amateur circuit in mixed martial arts, which saw him win the 2018 One Shin Cup Championship, an amateur league title that was created by Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai.
Now, Buapa will join the same organization as the Thai mixed martial arts pioneer, and he will need to keep winning in order to remain there.
The first task of that mission is to beat an equally motivated Brogan “Broken Heart” Stewart-Ng, who is similar in technique.
Stewart-Ng, an Australian Taekwondo Champion, also previously competed in Muay Thai, and he has the wrestling expertise to round out his skill set. Meanwhile, he trains out of Bangkok Fight Lab, which is the same place Wiratchai calls home.
Both athletes have connections to “OneShin,” are fighting for their respective countries, and are hoping to make an instant impact in their debuts.
Abu Muslim Alikhanov & Pascal Jaskiewiez
A classic battle between a grappler and a striker will take place in the lightweight division, as Dagestani wrestler Abu Muslim Alikhanov faces off against French Muay Thai practitioner Pascal “Money P” Jaskiewiez in a mixed martial arts bout.
Alikhanov, who is 2-0 in his professional career, is a Russian National Youth Wrestling Finalist who trains at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. Now living in Asia, he will try to stoke the flames of the lightweight division and follow in the footsteps of his countrymen like Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, and Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev.
But standing in his way is Jaskiewiez, who is equally motivated to gain some traction in the ultra-stacked weight class.
The Frenchman is a Bangla Stadium Champion who now lives in Pattaya, where he trains under Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout at the Venum Training Camp. “Money P” holds a 2-1 professional record in mixed martial arts, and he is eager to capitalize on the chance to make a name for himself on the global stage.
Who will make an impact and get to their third professional victory?
Witchayakorn Niamthanom & Khalid Friggini
Kicking off ONE: A NEW BREED II will be another pair of promotional debutants who are looking to capitalize on an opportunity and make a name for themselves on the global stage.
Additionally, it’s another battle between two of Thailand’s most respected gyms, which will be unleashing their mixed martial arts prospects in the ring.
Witchayakorn “SuperBenz” Niamthanom, who employs a traditional Thai boxing style, is 2-1 and represents upstart gym Yorky Mixed Martial Arts in Bangkok.
Though he will try to get his third professional victory against mixed martial arts newcomer, Khalid “Monster” Friggini, that will be easier said than done.
Friggini, a Moroccan Kickboxing National Champion, represents the Venum Training Camp, which has been churning out top-notch athletes in ONE Super Series like Khaled, Samy “AK47” Sana, and ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov.
The “Monster” is hoping to apply his sensational kickboxing skills to mixed martial arts competition, and if successful, he would make a monstrous statement – both for himself and his camp.
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