ONE Championship: For Honor preview – Sam-A Gaiyanghadao Defends Flyweight Belt
ONE Championship returns to Jakarta on Friday 3rd May with their event ONE: For Honor.
The headline event on Friday will be fought under ONE’s Muay Thai ruleset and is a Flyweight World Championship bout between Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and up and coming British fighter Jonathan Haggerty.
Gaiyanghadao (who’s surname translates as ‘5-star fried chicken’ – the result of a sponsorship deal) is a Muay Thai veteran with a 366 – 46 – 9 record spanning a 25-year career. He is a multiple time Lumpinee Flyweight champion and currently holds the ONE Flyweight belt having KO victories over Italy’s Joseph Lasiri and Sergio Wielzen of Surinam. He teaches at Chatri Sityodtong’s Evolve MMA in Singapore and is considered one of the best Muay Thai fighters of his generation.
His opponent, 22-year-old Haggerty from the UK started competing at 12 years old, racking up English, British and European championship wins. Since turning professional at the age of 17, he has fought 15 times with a 14-1-0 record.
This match promises to be a great match up of experience vs youth. In recent performances, 35-year-old Gaiyanghadao has shown that he still has his world class abilities against younger opponents. Although Haggerty looked strong in his ONE debut against Joseph Lasiri, one would have to predict another win for the Thai legend in Jakarta.
Martial arts fan and writer based in Singapore