This Friday, 6 September, the Thai knockout artist will put his skills to the test for ONE Championship’s inaugural event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in what should be a fantastic bantamweight Muay Thai match-up against Bobo “The Panther” Sacko.
The 20-year-old made a name for himself at Channel 7 Stadium in Thailand, where he finished a long list of opponents. He then went on to become a two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and the recipient of Thailand’s most prestigious accolade – The Sports Writers Award.
In his native Thailand, Kulabdam is a force to be reckoned with, and he is confident his power and stamina will bring him the same kind of success against the best martial artists in ONE Super Series.
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“It is exciting to finally get to compete for ONE Championship. I’m looking forward to traveling abroad as well,” he says.
“I think that the international fans will really like me. I am fierce and full of action in the ring. This was just how I always fought, ever since I was a child.”
Kulabdam will enter uncharted territory in the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium as he tests the water in 4-ounce mixed martial arts gloves for the first time in his extensive career.
However, though many of his compatriots have been cautious about competing in this new equipment, the man from Surin could not be more excited.
“I actually think the small gloves are better, and that they will make my punches even stronger. I’m already a puncher, so the gloves are great,” he says.
He is also looking forward to the prospect of the fast pace demanded by ONE Super Series’ three-round bouts, which should make for a memorable performance for the fans.
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“I will wait a little in the first to feel him out. In the second round I am just going to go for it,” he adds.
“I actually think three rounds is better suited for my style. I don’t need to think too much, and can push myself for the entire fight – I don’t need to worry about getting tired.”
Sacko, however, is up for the challenge and excited to share the ring with such an accomplished opponent.
The Frenchman looks likely to give his Thai rival a stiff test, too. He is a WPMF Muay Thai World Champion with an incredible 72-5-1 record, which includes wins over fellow ONE athletes, Liam “The Hitman” Harrison and Rafi Bohic.
Kulabdam has a lot of respect for the 31-year-old from Paris, so has not cut any corners in his training. He is also hesitant to predict that he will get a trademark stoppage with his left hand, but he will not rule one out.
“I don’t think my opponent has any weaknesses as a fighter, I’ll be bringing my best. He has a Muay Thai style with good knees and a good kick,” he explains.
“I think I can beat him. My experience gives me an edge in this fight. I don’t know about getting a knockout, it depends on the opportunity once we are in the ring.”
At home in Thailand, Kulabdam has done it all after escaping extreme poverty through a decade of hard work in the gym and in the ring.
Now, he feels the time is right to begin the next chapter of his martial arts journey at ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH.
There will be a lot of expectation on his young shoulders from Muay Thai purists who are excited to see whether or not he can replicate his success in The Home Of Martial Arts, but the Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai representative is not feeling any anxiety ahead of his bow on the global stage.
“I don’t feel any pressure, just excited to finally get in there. It is my job to fight, and I will be bringing my best!” Kulabdam adds.
”This is an amazing card, and an amazing opportunity for people to get to watch! I really recommend people tuning in.”
Ho Chi Minh City | 6 September | 5.30PM | ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/oneimmortal19