The stars of ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS faced off at the event’s official open workout on Tuesday, 19 November.
At Evolve Far East Square in Singapore, the athletes showed their skills to fans, and then answered questions from the world’s media before they went nose-to-nose with the opponents they will meet in the ring just three days later, on Friday, 22 November.
The main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium will see Nong-O Gaiyanghadao attempt to defend the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title for the third time.
He expects to face the toughest test of his ONE Super Series career, as he meets his division’s number one contender Saemapetch Fairtex. Despite his compatriot’s immense talent, he expects he can rise to the challenge in his adopted hometown.
“I have the ability to make adjustments and adapt to my opponent’s style in the ring. I think this will be key against Saemapetch,” he said.
“This will be my first time fighting here in Singapore, so I am very grateful to be able to perform in front of my friends, my family, and my students.
“To be able to defend my title here, it will be a special moment in my career. I am looking forward to victory and I can’t wait to give my best for the crowd.”
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Saemapetch knows he faces a daunting task against an icon of “the art of eight limbs,” but he strongly believes he will have the advantage because he is seven years younger than his adversary.
That has filled him with confidence ahead of a historic night for his nation, when two Thai athletes will battle for gold in the world’s largest martial arts organization for the first time.
“Fighting for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship against a legend of the sport in Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is a huge honor for me,” the 25-year-old from Pattaya said.
“I’ve waited my entire career for this moment. In this fight, the world will witness how two Thai warriors do battle, and our unique fighting spirit.
“Nong-O is a great champion. He is very smart and crafty, and very well-rounded, but I’m the younger man – I’m stronger and hungrier. This is my time and I’m ready to shock the world.”
These men are two of ONE’s most prolific finishers and two of its most experienced veterans, but despite 31 bouts between them in the world’s largest martial arts organization, their paths have never crossed in the ring – until now.
“This bout, I feel, is going to be fight of the night,” Khan said.
“Both myself and Ev Ting always come to fight. We always leave it all inside the ring. It’s going to be non-stop action from start to finish.”