On July 13, 2018, ONE Super Series athletes “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France co-headlined “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” Taking place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the ONE Championship event featured eight mixed martial arts matches and three striking bouts.
In the co-main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” Nattawut and Drai competed in a Muay Thai contest in the featherweight division. It marked Nattawut’s second ONE Super Series bout and the debut of Drai in the striking-only league of ONE Championship.
Referee Atsushi Onari put a stop to the Muay Thai contest between Nattawut and Drai at 2:59 of Round 1. The Thai contender knocked out his French opponent.
Originally from Marseilles, France, Drai currently lives and trains out of Pattaya, Thailand. He is a proponent of the prestigious Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya.
Before joining ONE Championship, Drai has competed in Kunlun Fight, All Star Fight, Thai Fight, Max Muay Thai, Super Muay Thai and Wu Lin Feng. After losing to Nattawut, the Thailand-based French martial artist now holds a professional record of 42 wins and 6 losses.
On the other hand, Nattawut improved his professional record to 67 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws by winning at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” It was a redemptive win after his unsuccessful ONE Super Series debut.
On April 20, 2018, Nattawut lost to Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, of Italy via unanimous decision when ONE Super Series was launched at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. They competed in a kickboxing contest at a catch weight of 70kg.
Nattawut is a two-division Lion Fight World Champion and World Muaythai Council (WMC) Muay Thai World Champion. After a tremendous run of success through Thailand, he moved to the United States in 2013 and continued racking up impressive wins.
The main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power” was a welterweight bout between Thani and Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden. The Swedish contender knocked out the hometown hero in the third round.
Watch a “ONE: Pursuit of Power” recap here: