Nong-O Muay Thai

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao has reigned over the bantamweight Muay Thai division in ONE Championship since 2019 and has successfully defended the belt on four occasions. However, a new challenger has come onto the ONE Super Series scene.

The highly-anticipated debut of Tawanchai P.K. Saenchai Muaythaigym came at ONE: Dangal, and the world-class striker ended the bout exactly as he had foreseen. In the third round, Tawanchai connected with a brilliant head kick that sent Irishman Sean Clancy to the mat.

After the dominant showcase, Tawanchai immediately made his presence felt and announced himself as a top contender in the stacked bantamweight division.

Will he be the one to topple the legend of Nong-O?


The reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion is undefeated in ONE Super Series action and has ended his last two matches with empathic knockouts. Adding Tawanchai to that list would only deepen the legacy that he has already built and establish himself as a pillar of the sport.

But Tawanchai showed why he is a threat to the gold during his ONE Super Series debut. The technique was perfect, and the finish came when the window of opportunity was opened.

Decide for yourself if Tawanchai is the man who can stun the Muay Thai world by taking a quick peek into what makes the Thai star so great. Then you can relive his debut performance against Clancy.

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Tawanchai has leaped into the #4 spot in the official ONE athlete rankings, and a date with Nong-O may not be far off into the future. A colossal showdown between the two will be one of the biggest martial arts contests of 2021 if it happens.

Tawanchai has leaped into the #4 spot in the official ONE athlete rankings, and a date with Nong-O may not be far off into the future. A colossal showdown between the two will be one of the biggest martial arts contests of 2021 if it happens.

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ONE Championship has announced its return on Friday, August 13, with ONE: Battleground II. The event, which has been previously recorded, will feature five mixed martial arts bouts.

At the top of the bill will be Eduard "Landslide" Folyang welcoming Zhang Lipeng to the Circle.

The debut match for Zhang offers him a massive opportunity against a former ONE Lightweight World Champion. The pivotal matchup in the lightweight division will position the winner for a possible contender's bout later this year.

Another World Champion will see action in the co-main event.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva returns to the Circle against Miao Li Tao, who hopes to knock-off the #5-ranked strawweight contender and jump into the official ONE athlete rankings.

Also in action, heavyweight striker extraordinaire Alain "The Panther" Ngalani meets undefeated Thomas Narmo in a matchup that will surely provide fireworks to be remembered.

In flyweight action, Eko Roni Saputra looks to build on his four-bout winning streak against China's Liu Peng Shuai. The Indonesian grappler has looked sensational as of late and can continue to make his case for flyweight contendership with another stoppage victory.

Opening the card will be a lightweight match between India's Rahul Raju and Mongolia's Otgonbaatar Nergui.

The previously recorded event can be seen on Friday, August 13 on Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report YouTube, and the Bleacher Report app at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

ONE: Battleground II Card

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Alex Silva vs. Miao Li Tao

Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani

Eko Roni Saputra vs. Liu Peng Shuai

Otgonbaatar Nergui vs. Rahul Raju

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