ONE Championship has announced three monumental World Title matchups for the upcoming months as the promotion continues to place a spotlight on the striking arts.
Chatri Sityodtong – ONE’s Chairman and CEO – announced the trio of combustible contests earlier this week on his Facebook account, so let’s take a look at the three big fights coming in 2023.
Superlek Kiatmoo9 Vs. Rodtang Jitmuangnon - ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship
First up is Superlek Kiatmoo9 defending his ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship against the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon on Saturday, 25 March, at ONE Fight Night 8.
“The Kicking Machine” opened his account for the new year this past January at ONE Fight Night 6, obtaining the vacant flyweight kickboxing strap after five hard rounds against Spain’s Daniel Puertas.
Rodtang also featured on January’s card, defeating Jiduo Yibu in 136.5lbs catchweight kickboxing action. “The Iron Man” has been on a journey to win kickboxing gold in ONE, and should his voyage culminate in glory this March, he will assert himself in ONE legacy as a promotional two-sport World Champion.
Regian Eersel Vs. Sinsamut Klinmee - ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Championship
The second announcement will see Regian Eersel and Sinsamut Klinmee collide for their second consecutive outing on Friday, 17 March, at ONE Friday Fights 9.
“The Immortal” Dutchman has been untouchable since arriving in ONE. Inside eight bouts, he has dispatched all comers on his path to both lightweight Muay Thai and kickboxing gold, rendering Eersel a dominant force in ONE’s striking arts.
Klinmee, however, fell short to Eersel last October at ONE on Prime Video 3 over the course of five rounds, losing out to a split decision.
The close fight had fans clamouring for an eventual rematch between the two, and they will get their wish this coming March at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nong-O Hama Vs. Jonathan Haggerty - ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship
The third and final bout announced is a surefire bantamweight banger, as Nong-O Hama will return to defend his prestigious Muay Thai crown on Saturday, 22 April, at ONE Fight Night 9 against former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan “The General” Haggerty.
The announcement takes place just weeks after Nong-O successfully defended his World Title against Russia’s Alaverdi Ramazanov at the inaugural ONE Friday Fights card, where a blistering third-round comeback from the 36-year-old sent Lumpinee Stadium into a frenzy.
For Haggerty, his first bout since entering the fray at bantamweight will be a prolific one. “The General” previously held flyweight Muay Thai gold but has since transitioned to bantamweight due to struggles making the flyweight limit.
The Englishman’s last outing put him in good stead against Vladimir Kuzmin in 148lbs catchweight action last November, leaving him primed and ready for his second bid at promotional gold.