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Four must-see bouts at ONE's Bangkok event
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Feb 08, 2019

On February 16, ONE Championship will return to Thailand for what promises to be another exhilarating night of heart-pounding action.
      ONE: Clash of Legends is scheduled to be held in Bangkok’s Impact Arena, and the 12-bout card features a host of exciting matchups guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
      Here are four must-see bouts that fans will not want to miss.
      A new champion will be crowned
      The main event of ONE: Clash of Legends is a ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight Championship bout between Thailand’s Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and China’s Han Zi Hao.
      Whoever emerges victorious on the night will be crowned the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion.
      Nong-O is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever to compete in the sport of Muay Thai and the 32-year-old has a treasure chest of trophies and titles to prove it.
      Nong-O has captured four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships, a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship, and two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, throughout the course of his stellar career.
      However opposite him will be the young lion Han Zi Hao. At only 13 years of age, Han packed up his bags and migrated from China to Thailand, to further his development as a Muay Thai athlete.
      Since his arrival into the ONE Super Series, the 23-year-old has produced a string of exceptional performances and has defeated such names as Sergos Mikkios and Ryan Jakiri.
      The headline act of ONE: Clash of Legends looks set to be a memorable encounter between two relentless competitors.
      The return of Shannon Wiratchai
      Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai has some of the most impressive striking skills in the lightweight division, and with five knockouts to his name, a Wiratchai bout is always high on the list of matches not to be missed.
      The 30-year-old is making a return to action after being handed a loss by former ONE lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki last July.
      The experience, while disappointing would have been an invaluable lesson for Wiratchai in his development as a mixed martial artist.
      The Thai’s six-month break from competition should ensure fans will see a well-rested, determined and even more hungry Wiratchai, enter the ring.
      He will meet undefeated South Korean newcomer Tae Kyun Kim on the main card of ONE: Clash of Legends.
      A thrilling Bantamweight contest
      New Zealand’s Mark Fairtex Abelardo and Japan’s Daichi Takenaka will both be looking to make a name for themselve on February 16.
      The undefeated Takenaka is a former Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion, who made his ONE debut last February with a win over South Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim.
      Takenaka is looking to begin building a case for a shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Title and knows that a victory over Abelardo, would be a successful start to that process.
      Abelardo came to the public’s attention in 2018, after producing two spectacular performances on One Warrior Series. After his last win over Mongolian Zoltsetseg Shinechagtaga, Abelardo was awarded a full ONE Championship contract.
      Takenaka will be a step up in intensity for Abelardo, but the New Zealander has shown that he can rise to the big occasions.
      This bout is set to be a firecracker of a contest.
      A "Shadow Cat" looks set to pounce
      Malaysia's Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan, is one of the most talented atomweight athletes on the roster.
      The undefeated 20-year-old holds impressive wins over Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol and former ONE Championship Atomweight World Title challenger Jenny Huang.
      However despite her success inside the cage Radzuan has still not come to close to reaching her peak as a mixed martial artist. A truly scary thought for those who have yet to face her.
      On February 16, the “Shadow Cat” will go head-to-head with Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong. A six-time Philippine National Wushu Champion, Iniong should prove to be a tough test for the young Malaysian athlete.
      If Radzuan, can overcome Iniong, she may find herself in close inching even closer to a title shot.

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