Combat Sports

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex: ONE Super Series gives Muay Thai, kickboxing practitioners great opportunity

Chatri Sityodtong, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex

Chatri Sityodtong, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex

After dominating the mixed martial arts world, ONE Championship expanded to kickboxing and Muay Thai through its striking-only league ONE Super Series. One of the fighters who have competed in the new league is Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, 32, of Pattaya, Thailand.

Yodsanklai made his ONE Super Series debut on May 18, 2018, by defeating Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi of Eindhoven, Netherlands at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. On October 6, 2018, the Thai martial artist will return to the league at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” which will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

On July 9, 2018, the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” press conference was held at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand with several special guests led by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, 47. During the event, Yodsanklai said, “I am glad that I was able to make a ONE Super Series debut earlier this year because it has already given me the feel of what the future holds.”

Yodsanklai is one of the most recognizable names in the world of Muay Thai. For him, ONE Super Series is “a great opportunity for every practitioner of Muay Thai and kickboxing.”

“I am still grinding every day,” Yodsanklai shared. “You can say that I’ve done it all in the sport. But it’s not yet over for me.”

“ONE Super Series is the right path for me and my professional career,’ the Thai martial artist added. “The desire to compete. It’s still in me.”

With impeccable in-ring techniques, Yodsanklai has won numerous championships in his stellar kickboxing career, including the World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Muay Thai World Championship and the coveted Lumpinee Stadium World Championship. His “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” opponent has yet to be announced.

Aside from Yodsanklai, Thai ONE Championship athletes Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 32, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai, 24, will also compete in ONE Super Series at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, 29, and Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 29, will compete on the MMA card.

Meanwhile, watch the bout between Yodsanklai and Ngimbi here:

Ticket information for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

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