ONE Championship is set to resume its 2020 flagship event schedule in a major way.
Just two days after ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced that the world’s largest martial arts organization will return with ONE: NO SURRENDER in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, 31 July, he revealed three of the card’s bouts on his official Facebook page.
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In the headline attraction, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon will defend his belt against longtime foe and Thai compatriot Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy in a trilogy bout.
The pair of star athletes had a heated Muay Thai rivalry at the world-famous Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok.
Petchdam – who is currently the #5-ranked contender in the division – originally defeated Rodtang via unanimous decision in May 2017. However, “The Iron Man” earned some redemption when he beat his countryman in a rematch via unanimous decision in February 2018.
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Since then, Petchdam and Rodtang have joined the promotion’s all-striking branch, ONE Super Series, where each man has tasted World Title gold.
“The Baby Shark” switched sports and claimed the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in May 2019 before dropping the strap in his next bout. Meanwhile, “The Iron Man” defeated Jonathan “The General” Haggerty to win the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title in August 2019 and has held the belt ever since.
At ONE: NO SURRENDER, Petchdam and Rodtang will meet for the third time to determine who deserves to hold the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship.
“The Baby Shark” will not be the only Petchyindee Academy representative on the bill. His teammate and best friend will return to action, too.
However, in order to keep his belt, he will need to beat compatriot “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in the co-main event of ONE: NO SURRENDER.
Yodsanklai – the #5-ranked contender in the division – is a legend of the sport. He’s a multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion who has defeated some of the best strikers on the planet, including John Wayne “The Gunslinger” Parr, Andy “Souwer Power” Souwer, Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl, and even reigning two-sport ONE World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.
This will be a big moment in each man’s career. For Petchmorakot, he’ll have the opportunity to solidify his legacy by toppling a true icon. As for Yodsanklai, he’ll have a chance to win a ONE World Title, the richest prize in the sport.
Additionally, ONE: NO SURRENDER will feature a super-bout between two of the world’s top featherweight kickboxing warriors who are making their promotional debuts.
The first time these warriors met was back in January 2016. In the second round of that tilt, Sitthichai lived up to his moniker and knocked out the Banchamek Gym representative with a right hook.
However, Superbon avenged that loss eight months later, defeating “The Killer Kid” via unanimous decision.
It has been nearly four years since the Thai-born athletes went toe-to-toe in a combat sports setting. Now, fans will get to see the trilogy bout unfold, which will also determine who moves up ONE Championship’s Athlete Rankings.