Two of the top Muay Thai fighters in the featherweight division will step onto the global stage and throw down in ONE Championship’s final show of 2020.
Yusupov made a massive impact in his promotional debut back in November 2019.
The Russian southpaw accepted a catch weight bout with Thai icon “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex on 10 days’ notice and became the first person to knock him out in Muay Thai competition in over a decade.
Following that upset victory, Yusupov was given the chance to challenge Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy for the inaugural ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship in February, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the contest.
Now fully healed, “Kherow” will attempt to regain that title shot, but he isn’t the only person eyeing the division’s shiny belt.
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Sana, a Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion, tasted his greatest success yet in The Home Of Martial Arts last year.
The Parisian defeated Yodsanklai in the opening round of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinals, and then he beat “Genghis Khan” Dzhabar Askerov in the semifinals to book his ticket to the final round.
However, Sana ultimately fell to the legendary Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan in the tournament finale in Tokyo, Japan.
It has been a year since that fateful night in the Japanese capital, but the Frenchman is ready to make his return to the global stage – and this time, he is switching back to his Muay Thai roots and beginning his charge toward Petchmorakot’s belt.
In addition to that exciting three-round battle, the co-main event will feature the return of former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov.
Akhmetov, who is the #3-ranked flyweight mixed martial arts contender, is riding a two-bout winning streak. Most recently, he defeated #5-ranked Reece “Lightning” McLaren in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals in March 2019 before exiting the tournament due to injury.
But now, “The Kazakh” is back, and he is extra motivated to make another run at the gold he used to proudly own.
Standing in his way, though, is “Ottogi” Dae Hwan Kim, a former ONE Bantamweight World Title challenger who is looking to make a dent in the flyweight division.
With plenty of experience and a well-rounded arsenal of weapons, the South Korean has the chance to stun the division’s former king.
Take a look at the entire lineup for ONE: COLLISION COURSE II below.
Full Card For ONE: COLLISION COURSE II
- Jamal Yusupov vs. Samy Sana (Muay Thai – featherweight)
- Kairat Akhmetov vs. Dae Hwan Kim (mixed martial arts – 62.2-kilogram catch weight)
- Momotaro vs. Walter Goncalves (Muay Thai – flyweight)
- Amir Khan vs. Dae Sung Park (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
- Raimond Magomedaliev vs. Edson Marques (mixed martial arts – welterweight)
- Senzo Ikeda vs. Liang Hui (mixed martial arts – 60-kilogram catch weight)