Date announced for Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Samy Sana, ONE Championship


ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix

Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex faces French Samy Sana in the quarter-final bout of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix. The pair battles it out in the first out of four matchups of eliminator’s opening round. The roster of the contest, featuring eight international competitors, was revealed early this week. The date of the bout has been announced on Friday (via Twitter).

Yodsanklai faces Samy Sana on 17 May. The event marks his second outing this year. In March the famed Thai fighter stopped Dutch kickboxing legend Andy Souwer in the second round as well as avenged the defeat suffered eleven years ago.

According to one of the hashtags the bout takes place in Singapore. As understood it is featured on the card billed as “ONE: Enter the Dragon”, headlined by Shinya Aoki in defense of his ONE Lightweight title against Christian Lee.

The lineup of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix also includes Souwer who takes on Jo Nattawut, Dazhabar Askerov who meets Enriko Kehl, and Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy who squares off against Giorgio Petrosyan. The latter is a highly anticipated opponent for Yodsanklai to meet in the final of the tournament. Yet, both first must come out victorious from a pair of bouts.

The dates and places of other quarter-final bouts are expected to be announced shortly. The lineup can be found below.

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy
Andy Souwer vs. Jo Nattawut
Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Samy Sana
Dazhabar Askerov vs. Enriko Kehl