Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai, 31, was one of the Thai athletes who attended the official “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Bangkok, Thailand on August 28, 2018. During the event, the previously undefeated mixed martial artist talked about the athletes currently signed with ONE Championship.
“ONE Championship is rich with talent and there are a lot of tough opponents to face in my division,” Petpayathai stated. “I know I have to be in the best shape of my life each time out. To be able to showcase the beauty of my discipline, and combine it with the new skills I have learned in the cage, it’s a rebirth for me as a fighter.
On June 29, 2018, Petpayathai competed at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” in Myanmar, which was his fourth bout in ONE Championship. He was originally declared the winner via unanimous decision, keeping his undefeated record, but hours later, the result was overturned and the victory was given to his Chinese opponent “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen, 21.
Petpayathai will return to the cage at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018. He said, “This is a great opportunity for me to redeem myself.”
“My last performance, I wasn’t at my best and I feel I wasn’t able to showcase what I can really do in there,” Petpayathai added. “Now, the focus has been on sharpening my talent and making sure I learn from my mistakes in my last bout.”
A Muay Thai specialist and a four-time Lumpinee Stadium champion who has won every major title in Muay Thai, Petpayathai was voted by Thai media as one of the greatest Muay Thai practitioners in history. He is known for his highly technical knowledge in all of Muay Thai’s varied techniques.
With a professional Muay Thai record of 162 wins, 62 losses and 1 draw, Sagetdao transitioned to MMA in 2017 by joining ONE Championship. He defeated his first three opponents in the promotion namely Kelvin “Ice Man” Ong of Malaysia, Mahmoud Deab Mohamed of Egypt and Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo, 37, of the Philippines.
“In my next bout, I hope to show everyone that I will just keep getting better with experience,” Petpayathai said. “My goal here is to become one of the very best. Thank you all for the support.”
Also in attendance at the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout were ONE Championship athletes Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai as well as reigning The Ring and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and his Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz. Here is a teaser of the upcoming event in Bangkok: