Ismail Khan returns for his final fight of the year at ONE Friday Fights 45 this week. The Pakistani faces Rabindra Dhant in a flyweight fight at Lumpinee Stadium.

Khan (6-0) and Dhant (7-0) come into this contest with perfect records and neither man has ever tasted defeat. The latter hails from Nepal and like Khan he is coming off a win at Lumpinee Stadium.

Khan submitted Korean teenager Joon Gun Cho at ONE Friday Fights 33.  It was the first time in the 22 year old’s career he had fought outside of Pakistan.

Dhant is one of just a handful of Nepalese mixed martial artists. He has fought several times in India and is coming off a stoppage win over Russian kickboxer Torepchi Dogak at ONE Friday Fights 33.

Undefeated featherweights

There are two MMA fights on the card which will be ONE Championship’s penultimate of the year at Lumpinee Stadium. In the second fight of the night Suleyman Suleymanov faces Nursultan Toktorov at featherweight.

This bout also pits two undefeated fighters together. Suleymanov (8-0) represents Azerbaijan but was born and raised in Russia while Toktorov (6-0) comes from Kyrgyzstan with both men making their first appearance on these weekly fight cards.


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Best of the rest

ONE Friday Fights 46 is coming up on December 22nd and looks set to be one of the biggest Muay Thai event of the year. With that card stacked with big names and headlined by Superbon and Tawanchai this week’s was always going to be a much more low key affair.

The headliner pits Otop Or Kwanmuang against Soner Sen. In the co-main event Longern Paesaisi has been matched with Stephen Irvine in a catchweight contest set at 127lbs.

ONE Friday Fights 45, Bangkok, December 15th
Otop Or Kwanmuang vs. Soner Sen (Bantamweight)
Longern Paesaisi vs. Stephen Irvine (Catchweight)
Dabdam Por Tor Tor Thongtawee vs. Chartpayak Saksatoon (Catchweight)
Singmanee Surasakmontri vs. Pettasuea Seeopal (Catchweight)
Silapet Por Petkaikaew vs. Charlie Singha Mawynn (Catchweight)
Jaoinsee PK Saenchai vs. Ratchamongkol Maethongbairecycle (Catchweight)
Apisit Fairtex vs. Patrik Szana (Catchweight)
Yodthongthai Sor Sommai vs. Omar El Halabi (Catchweight)
Sherzod Kabutov vs. Jaruadsuk Sor Jor Wichitpadriew (Flyweight)
Lorenzo Di Vara vs. Furkan Karabag (Featherweight)
MMA: Suleyman Suleymanov vs. Nursultan Toktorov (Featherweight)
MMA: Rabindra Dhant vs. Ismail Khan (Flyweight)