On this day in ONE Championship history, ONE: Warriors of Light took place on May 10, 2019. It was an action-packed fight card that featured bouts in MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai.
The headlining bout saw Thai-born champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defend his title against Japanese striker Hiroaki Suzuki. In the bout, Nong-O successfully retained his ONE Muay Thai bantamweight belt with a five-round decision.
Thereafter, Nong-O continued as the feared champion, defending his title in his next four fights. His next fight will be against British striker Liam Harrison in 2022.
After his loss, Suzuki suffered another setback in ONE before switching to MMA and competing in RIZIN. He has a 2-1 record in MMA so far.
Additionally, the inaugural ONE Kickboxing Flyweight Championship was introduced to ONE: Warriors of Light. Thai fighter Petchdam Petchyindee Academy beat Elias Mahmoudi of Algeria by decision.
ONE: Warriors of Light – Untitled Battles
This ONE Championship event also hosted several exciting non-title fights. Japanese MMA fighter Shoko Sato scored an impressive second-round TKO victory over Australian Mark Abelardo.
Muay Thai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon, meanwhile, used punches and leg kicks to score a TKO win over Cambodia’s Sok Thy. Later in 2019, in Rodtang’s next fight, he won the ONE Muay Thai flyweight title by defeating Jonathan Haggerty.
Elsewhere on the card, Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit made quick work of Filipino Robin Catalan. Pongsiri ended the fight in the first round with a knee to the body. Pieter Buist also picked up a triumph over Kota Shimoishi at the event. He did it with via TKO after a vicious knee.
Additionally, Zhang Chenglong defeated Panicos Yusuf by decision in their fight. Next, Chenglong competed for the World Bantamweight Kickboxing Championship. He failed in his quest for gold, losing to Alaverdi Ramazanov.
Muay Thai fighter Savvas Michael, meanwhile, edged out Singtongnoi Por.Telakun. Michael will now compete in the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix at ONE 157 on May 20th.
Another upcoming Grand Prix contender was also in action at ONE: Warriors of Light. Superlek Kiatmuu9 defeated Rui Botelho by decision. Superlek will now face Taiki Naito in the first round of the Muay Thai tournament this month.
Finally, Janet Todd picked up a TKO victory over Wang Chin Long on this May 10, 2019 fight card. Todd went on to win the Women’s World Atomic Weight Kickboxing Championship against Stamp Fairtex. Todd remains a champion to this day.
Many exciting fights took place at ONE: Warriors of Light, many of which included major implications for the title going forward. Superlek, Michael and Rodtang will all return to ONE 157 on May 20.