Two World Title matches banner ONE Championship’s explosive return
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 30, 2020 04:10 PM
ONE Championship returns to action on July 31st!
After being side-lined for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Home Of Martial Arts returns with ONE: NO SURRENDER in Bangkok, Thailand.
ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon puts his strap on the line as he faces old rival Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy for the third time in the main event.
“The fans have been waiting for Muay Thai competitions to come back, and now, ONE Championship has announced a huge and amazing fight card. Everyone wants to watch,” Rodtang told ONEFC.com.
“We, as fighters, have to give our [best] performances. We are getting paid well, so we have to deliver. It’s our jobs, and the most important thing is we have to win our fans’ hearts.”
In the co-main event Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defends his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in a battle between youth and experience.
“This upcoming bout is the most important Muay Thai fight of my life,” Petchmorakot said.
“Yodsanklai is already known worldwide. He is a great fighter and a legend. If I can beat Yodsanklai, I will be accepted and known globally.”
Filipino fans will also get to witness Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo’s return to the big stage when he takes on Fabrício “Wonder Boy” Andrade in a 67-kilogram catchweight contest.
The 28-year-old is coming off a decision loss to “Pretty Boy” Troy Worthen in February, and he has been itching to bounce back from that defeat.
Having been on lockdown since then, Abelardo had five months to sharpen his tools – and he plans to show it this Friday.
“It’s amazing, it’s good to be back, especially with competing,” Abelardo said.
“When ONE said they were going to come back and they announced the show, it was perfect. I wanted to get on it and I was like, let’s do it.”