After an impressive victory in his first appearance inside the ONE Championship cage last January in Manila, Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao is ready to return to action, this time to compete for the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship.
The 34-year-old Gaiyanghadao boasts an impressive 365-46-9 overall professional Muay Thai record and has won the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium championship on multiple occasions, as well as capturing the Thailand Super Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, and Bantamweight Championship.
When asked how much the ONE Super Series title means to him, Gaiyanghadao offered a simple response.
“Even though I have won many Muay Thai world championships, I am still very excited about the chance to win the ONE Championship belt,” said Gaiyanghadao.
“I am thankful that ONE Championship has chosen me to take part in the first world title fight for ONE Super Series. I will do my best to make my family, my fans, and all of Thailand proud.”
The Muay Thai legend returns to action this Friday night, 18 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, in the co-main event of ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS opposite Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The winner will crown the first-ever ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion.
Competing in Thailand’s largest and most prestigious arenas has been a staple for Gaiyanghadao ever since he began training as a young boy at the family farm. Known for his high octane fighting style, Gaiyanghadao is widely-regarded as one of the biggest stars in Muay Thai history. But despite his lofty credentials and extensive experience, Gaiyanghadao isn’t planning on taking Wielzen lightly.
“My opponent for this fight is very strong,” Gaiyanghadao said.
“He is experienced, and has a lot of power. I am not taking this fight lightly, and I am fully focused. I do not have a particular game plan. As always, I will go in and see how the fight develops. It is going to be a fun fight.”
With over 20 years in professional experience, Gaiyanghadao has competed against some of the biggest names in Muay Thai such as Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Pornsanae Sitmonchai, Penek Sitnumnoi, Petchboonchu FA Group, and Singtongnoi Por Telakun, among others. Today, he is a well-respected coach at Singapore’s renowned Evolve gym.
If he can defeat Wielzen in Singapore, Gaiyanghadao will be crowned the first ONE Super Series world champion in history, which certainly adds to his already impressive credentials as a world-class athlete.
“I am in the best shape of my life, and I feel great. I am faster, stronger, and more experienced. It is going to be an exciting contest for sure, but I am looking to end it quickly,” Gaiyanghadao concluded.
ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS will also feature reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee as she defends her title against Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan in a highly-anticipated rematch. In the evening’s other co-main event, ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen defends his featherweight title against rising star Christian “The Warrior” Lee.