ONE Championship To Open 2020 With A New Tomorrow
ONE Championship will begin 2020 with a world championship Muay Thai bout between reigning titleholder Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Jonathan Haggerty.
ONE Championship will begin the new year with a championship fight at ONE: A New Tomorrow.
The event takes place January 10 from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
In the main event, reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand will take on England’s Jonathan “The General” Haggerty in a highly-anticipated rematch for the ONE World Title.
Like many Thai warriors before him, Rodtang started training in Muay Thai when he was a young boy, competing in his first professional bout at the age of 10. Initially training at a small camp in his hometown of Pattalung, Rodtang eventually made the permanent move to Bangkok to hone his skills at the famed Jitmuangnon camp.
By the time he turned 21, Rodtang had already garnered over 250 wins, capturing the prestigious Omnoi Stadium World Title twice. He joined ONE Super Series not long after, and lifted the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship last August after earning a hard-fought Majority Decision over Haggerty. He then successfully defended the belt with a Split Decision win over Brazil’s Walter Goncalves.
Haggerty, on the other hand, stormed into ONE Super Series with victories over Joseph Lasiri and Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, showcasing his unique striking style in the process. The win over Sam-A earned him the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title, which he surrendered to Rodtang in his first defense.
The first meeting between Rodtang and Haggerty was extremely close. This rematch aims to settle the dispute and determine the rightful owner of the ONE World Title.
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ONE: A New Tomorrow also features a series of compelling mixed martial arts contests that offer interesting matchups.
Superstar Stamp Fairtex Returns Against Puja Tomar
ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand continues her quest for the mixed martial arts World Title when she takes on India’s Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar.
Stamp is 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, recently winning both of her bouts in 2019 over tough opponents. Stamp has expressed her commitment to focus on her mixed martial arts career. Against Tomar, she will be facing an experienced veteran who poses a solid challenge.
Also on the card is Maira Mazar of Brazil who takes on Japan’s Ayaka Miura in a three-round bout.
Mazar is making her ONE Championship debut, bringing power and a penchant for spectacular knockouts to the table. Miura, conversely, is riding a five-bout winning streak with two of those wins coming under the ONE banner.
Vietnamese-American rising star Thanh Le is back in action against Japan’s Ryogo “Kaitai” Takahashi.
Le has impressed so far in his time inside the ONE Circle, putting together a pair of thrilling knockouts against Yusup Saadulaev and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku. Le hopes for a similar result against Takahashi, a Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion who has won his last eight bouts.
More Prospects Set For Event
A battle between rising stars ensues when featherweights Ma Jia Wen of China and Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg of Mongolia collide.
Ma is 6-2 in his ONE Championship career so far, showcasing tremendous finishing ability having ended four of his wins within the distance. Meanwhile, Zoltsetseg, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner, has won his last three bouts including two scintillating knockouts, setting up his ONE Championship main roster debut.
Finally, a welterweight showdown transpires when Russia’s Raimond Magomedaliev faces ONE Championship newcomer Joey “Mama’s Boy” Pierotti of the United States. Meanwhile, Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales of the Philippines takes on Elipitua “The Magician” Siregar of Indonesia.
Also featured is a plethora of highly-anticipated ONE Super Series Muay Thai matchups for striking enthusiasts.
Former ONE World Title challenger Han Zi Hao of China makes his return to the global stage to face ISKA and WBC World Champion Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout of France.
Looking to build off his impressive ONE Championship debut is Thailand’s Sangmanee “The Million Dollar Baby” Sathian MuayThai who locks horns with WBC Muay Thai Japan Champion Kenta Yamada of Japan.
Also from Thailand, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Muangthai “Elbow Zombie” PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym puts his reputation at stake when he throws down with former ONE World Title challenger Brice “The Truck” Delval of Algeria.
Eight-time Muay Thai World Champion Liam “Hitman” Harrison of England squares off with Malaysia’s Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud.
Last last but not least, Victor Pinto takes on Adam Noi in a kickboxing bout.
ONE: A New Tomorrow Fight Card
ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship
Rodtang Jitmuangnon (c) vs Jonathan Haggerty
Stamp Fairtex vs Puja Tomar
Maira Mazar vs Ayaka Miura
Raimond Magomedaliev vs Joey Pierotti
Ramon Gonzales vs Elipitua Siregar
Thanh Le vs Ryogo Takahashi
Ma Jia Wen vs Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg
Han Zi Hao vs Mehdi Zatout
Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai vs Kenta Yamada
Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs Brice Delval
Liam Harrison vs Mohammed Bin Mahmoud
Victor Pinto vs Adam Noi