A living legend in the world of Muay Thai, multiple-time World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao has captured nearly every major accolade in the sport, and is considered one of the greatest strikers of all time. What makes his accomplishments even more admirable is the fact they were borne of pure hard work and determination, as he came from humble beginnings.
Born to a family of farmers, Nong-O began his Muay Thai career at the tender age of 9. He started training after watching his neighbor hitting a heavy bag, and was so eager to compete that he had his first bout just one month later. After a few years of sharpening his skills, he moved to Bangkok when he was just 14 years old to pursue Muay Thai full-time, both living and training at his camp.
Nong-O made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern stadium a year later, winning a decision in an undercard bout. This set off an incredible run of success across over 300 bouts, including two Thailand national Muay thai championships, four Lumpinee Stadium World Championships in different divisions, and a Rajadamnern Stadium World Championship.