Nong-O Gaiyanghadao faces Han Zi Hao for ONE Championship Bantamweight Muay Thai
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao faces Han Zi Hao for ONE Championship Bantamweight Muay Thai / Pic: Facebook

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Han Zi Hao for ONE Championship Bantamweight Muay Thai title

ONE Championship heads back to Bangkok, Thailand on 16 February for ONE: Clash of Legends. It is an event that will feature one of the country’s most accomplished warriors competing for one of the promotion’s top prizes. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will face China’s Han Zi Hao with the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.

Before the main event, there will be multiple bouts – a mixture of Muay Thai and mixed martial arts contests. There are 12 matches in all counting the four prelim competitions. Here is a look at the things you need to know ahead of the event.

1The Accomplishments of Nong-O

Nong-O is a five-division multiple-time World Champion, 5x Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion, 1x Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion, 2x Thailand National Champion, 3x Fighter of the Year, and more.

He has fought against fellow legends like Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Petchboonchu F.A.Group, Pakorn Sakyothin, Kongsak Sitboonmee, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Sagetdao Petpayathai and many more.

Fans who get an opportunity to watch him compete will be seeing a legitimate legend in action.

2More Than Just a World Title on the Line

No man has ever worn the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title around his waist, so the winner of the main event will be forever etched in ONE Championship history. Nong-O’s accomplishments as an athlete are plentiful, but if he were to accomplish his goal at ONE: Clash of Legends, he will have attained what is arguably the most prestigious World Title he’s ever held.

Han isn’t as experienced as Nong-O, so there is no question how much capturing the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title would mean to him. Perhaps even more significant than the title, a victory over a legend like Nong-O, in his hometown, could mean even more.

3Native Thai Warriors on the Card

Nong-O is the premier attraction, but many of his countrymen and women will also be competing at ONE: Clash of Legends. Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym battles Russia’s Alaverdi Ramazanov in a bantamweight Muay Thai bout. Superlek Kiatmoo9 takes on Cambodia’s Lao Chetra in a flyweight Muay Thai match. There’s also the aforementioned Chamuaktong-Peters clash, and finally, fan-favorite Rika Ishige faces Cambodia’s Nou Srey Pov in a women’s atomweight MMA clash, and Shannon Wiratchai faces Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu.

With so many Thai athletes competing, the crowd at the Impact Center should be in full throw by the time Nong-O climbs onto the platform.

4Keep Your Eyes on Malaysia’s Jihin Radzuan

She’s young, but Radzuan has been on a steady incline since her professional mixed martial arts career began. The “Shadow Cat” is 4-0 and she’s coming off her biggest win yet with a unanimous-decision over veteran Jenny Huang. At ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, Radzuan will try to remain undefeated as she battles the Philippines’ Gina Iniong.

It’s possible we could see Radzuan taking on Ishige in a pivotal atomweight match sometime in the future–especially if both of them are victorious.