Thailand’s Best Strikers Strive for Dominance in ONE Super Series

Ever since ONE Championship launched its highly-acclaimed ONE Super Series this past April, the Thai tri-color of red, white and blue were the only spectrum astoundingly gleaming in the mixed martial arts organization’s striking-only league.

Created to showcase the purest forms of world-class striking on the biggest and most prestigious stage of competition, four legendary kickboxers have hoisted Thailand’s flag aloft in ONE Super Series.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao made a triumphant ONE Super Series debut last April, defeating two-time WBC Muay Thai world titleholder Fabio Pinca of France via unanimous decision in a spirited three-round Muay Thai contest.

Meanwhile, celebrated Muay Thai legend Singtongnoi Por Telakun authored a spectacular performance at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS in May, outclassing WBC Muay Thai super bantamweight champion Joseph Lasiri.

Despite the long layoff, Singtongnoi appeared that he did not miss a beat, dropping Lasiri twice in the first round and consistently connecting his signature sharp combinations.

In the second round, Singtongnoi unleashed a torrent of impactful strikes, coercing the referee to step in and call a halt to the contest.

Aside from Singtongnoi, another Muay Thai royalty aced his maiden ONE Super Series assignment with flying colors on the card as Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex toppled Dutch-Congolese powerhouse Chris Ngimbi in their three-round kickboxing catchweight collision.

Having a stationary target in front of him, Yodsanklai freely clobbered Ngimbi with solid left straights and harrowing right hooks from the get-go.

Yodsanklai picked up the pace in the next two rounds of the bout, continuously pummeling Ngimbi with lashing kicks to the body.

The Muay Thai juggernaut closed out the final round of the match on a strong note, stifling Ngimbi with more offense to earn a unanimous decision victory.

On the other hand, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao exhibited his stellar and fearsome form against Dutch dynamo Sergio Wielzen to become the first-ever ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS.

Banking on his trademark power to dominate from start to finish, Sam-A hammered hard elbows to score a knockdown in the fourth round.

Reeling in excruciating pain, Wielzen failed to beat the count of ten, compelling the referee to wave off the bout and declare Sam-A the winner via knockout.

According to company head honcho Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Super Series provides fans with a dazzling carnival of martial arts disciplines, with the purpose of providing pure martial arts that favors action and excitement above all.

“It’s an amazing new development from ONE Championship, who is leading the pack globally in terms of innovation and the development of martial arts as not just a sport, but also as a growing entertainment spectacle,” he said.

ONE Super Series will once again be part of the promotion’s star-studded event as ONE Championship is set to host ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER on 23 June at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.

One of the most decorated Muay Thai practitioners in history, Petchboonchu FA Group of Thailand will grace the ONE Super Series stage for the very first time against French journeyman Fabrice Delannon.

In addition, three-time Rajadamnern Stadium champion Lerdsila PhuketTopTeam is slated to have his ONE Super Series debut by taking on Sok Thy of Cambodia.

The five-rope ring, which made its first appearance at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR in April, will be used as its battlefield for both ONE Super Series and mixed martial arts matches on 23 June.

The ONE Championship ring measures by an external dimension of 28 feet by 28 feet, while its internal dimension is 24 feet by 24 feet.

Surrounded by five ropes in bright white, the ring canvas is light gray, in typical color of the traditional ONE Championship cage.

ONE Super Series athletes will either wear eight-ounce or ten-ounce boxing gloves depending on the weight of the athletes. Ten-ounce gloves will be required in matches above 65.8 kilograms.

Handcrafted by Bangkok-based combat sports brand Boon, ONE Super Series gloves will be in all black with laces.

Unlike its mixed martial arts counterpart, Muay Thai and kickboxing matches in ONE Super Series will be scored in a ten-point must system and will be contested in three three-minute rounds.

Moreover, an in-ring competitor who is knocked down three times in the same round will be declared knocked out by the referee.

Elbow strikes will only be allowed in Muay Thai bouts as kickboxing bouts in ONE Super Series will follow the heavily-praised oriental rule set, which was famously used by the fabled K-1 organization.

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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