TWO TOP STRIKERS TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR THE INAUGURAL ONE CHAMPIONSHIP FLYWEIGHT TITLE.
A Muay Thai champion from Thailand will be going up against a boxing champion from the Philippines in a fight at ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ on 22 May that will have the organisation’s inaugural 115 lbs title on the line.
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (4-0) won Lumpinee titles in both the minimum weight and light flyweight divisions before turning his attention to MMA while Roy Doliguez (6-1) was the PBF super flyweight champion and also challenged for a world title in that division.
Both men have long since put their successful striking careers on the backburner and Dejdamrong (pictured) has won four fight out of four for ONE Championship since making his pro debut in early 2014, with all his victories coming via stoppage.
Doliguez has more experience and competed in MMA for the first time in 2011, his only loss came to Dennis Salazar at URCC 22 in 2012 but he would avenge it two years later by outpointing the same opponent at PXC 46.
The Filipino is a veteran of 46 boxing matches who once travelled to Sinaloa to take on undefeated local fighter Fernando Montiel for his WBO 118 lbs title and dropped the Mexican in the opening round.
Dejdamrong is looking to make history by becoming the first Thai fighter to ever win a world title in MMA while Doliguez will be hoping to follow in the footstep of compatriot Honorio Banario who won the inaugural ONE Championship 145 lbe belt.
ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium and will be headlined by a lightweight bout which sees Shinya Aoki make the second defence of his 155 lbs title, taking on top Japanese contender Koji Ando.
There will also be two fights which could have implications for the title picture in the lightweight division with promotional newcomer Kuat Khamitov taking on Lowen Tynanes and Eddie Ng going up against Rafael Nunes.