ONE Championship has announced two world title fights will be on the line for its first foray into Thailand.
Hometown hero and ONE strawweight world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will face undefeated Japanese fighter Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito in the card’s headline bout.
A second title fight will see Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia, the reigning ONE featherweight champion, defend his belt against Kazunori Yokota.
ONE: Kingdom of Champions will take place on 27 May at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.
President of ONE Championship Thailand, Kamol ‘Sukie’ Sukosol Clapp, described it as a huge step for ONE Championship.
“This is monumental progress for the sport of mixed martial arts in the world and in Thailand, and also one giant step forward for ONE Championship as we bring martial arts back home to the ancient city of Bangkok.”
Another significant fight to watch is the return of 33-year-old “Ruthless” Rob Lisita. The Australian is making his highly-anticipated return to the ONE cage to face Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin, a fighter who has notched a series of ferocious finishes since joining ONE Championship, including stoppage wins over top fighters Eduard Folayang and Yusuke Kawanago.
Lisita last featured in a submission loss to reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in 2014, and took some time off from competition shortly after. At 14-7, the ruthless striker Lisita is back, and promises an overall improved mixed martial arts game.
Thailand’s Anatpong “Mak Mak” Bunrad is one of the fiercest competitors at flyweight. He has a standout 5-2 professional mixed martial arts record and has defeated top fighters the likes of Geje Eustaquio and Marc Marcellinus. Bunrad likes to pepper opponents with heavy-handed strikes and powerful kicks, utilizing his world-class Muay Thai to earn hard-fought victories. Bunrad’s next assignment is against Filipino contender Eugene Toquero.