Thailand and China were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Thailand.
Featuring five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Clash of Legends” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand faced Han Zi Hao, 23, of China.
Nong-o was one of the seven hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Han was one of the three fighters from China.
Han started his martial arts training with sanda in China when he was 12 years old and eventually moved to Bangkok for his Muay Thai training. Training at Mad Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok, he is the first martial artist to earn three wins in ONE Super Series.
In kickboxing, Han defeated Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri, 26, of the Philippines at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on October 26, 2018. In Muay Thai, Han defeated Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, of Greece at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018 and Azwan “N41 Manik Ura” Che Wil, 23, of Malaysia at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 23, 2018.
Nong-o started his Muay Thai career at the age of 9 and went on to compete in more than 300 professional bouts. He claimed two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different divisions and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship and is now training at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
When ONE Super Series made its debut on April 20, 2018 at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Nong-o defeated Fabio Pinca, 34, France. On October 6, 2018, the Thai martial artist defeated Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of France at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena.
Nong-o and Han competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.
After four three-minute rounds, the championship bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Nong-o, who was declared the new champion by defeating Han via unanimous decision.
Losing at “ONE: Clash of Legends” downgraded Han’s professional record to 58 wins and 16 losses. On the other hand, Nong-o now has 258 wins, 54 losses and 1 draw.
“ONE: Clash of Legends” Co-Main Event
In the co-main event of the evening, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, of Thailand faced Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. The Thai contender won via split decision.
Cambodia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Check all the results here.
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