Jhanlo Sangiao will be back in action at ONE Fight Night 9. The Filipino bantamweight returns from a year long absence to face Matias Farinelli in Manila on December 3rd.
Sangiao (5-0) was still a teenager when he made his eagerly anticipated ONE Championship debut in 2021. He is the son of Team Lakay head coach and founder Mark Sangiao.
Farinelli (4-0) only made his pro debut last February. He has won four fights out of four in this calendar year but none of his opponents had ever won a fight.
The fight was originally set for ONE 164 but Farinelli pulled out at the last minute. Sangiao ended up facing Anacleto Lauron instead and submitting the Filipino in the first round.
What a DEBUT 🤩 Jhanlo Sangiao submits Paul Lumihi in the FIRST ROUND via rear-naked choke! #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship#ONEWinterWarriors2 | How To Watch: https://t.co/TP1EQ96v6z pic.twitter.com/Ifb8DSNvYK
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) December 17, 2021
As previously announced Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is set to faces Jonathan Haggerty at ONE Fight Night 9. The Englishman confirmed the matchup on his Instagram page and it appears he will be moving up to bantamweight to challenge for the belt.
Haggerty is the former flyweight Muay Thai champion but has been struggling to make weight. So it would not be a major surprise to see him moving up a division.
But having won his last four fights it appears Haggerty has been handed an immediate title shot:
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But Nong-O has been completely dominant in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. He has won ten fights out of ten for the promotion and his last five victories have all come inside the distance.
In the main event of ONE Lumpinee 1 he stopped Alaverdi Ramazanov in the third round to successfully defend his bantamweight belt for the seventh time. Nong-O remains the only fighter to ever hold the title.
10-0 👑 ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao 🇹🇭 KOs Alaverdi Ramazanov to retain his World Title and unbeaten record in ONE!#ONEFridayFights1
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— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 20, 2023
Julie Mezabarba has been added to the ONE Fight Night 9 card according to reports in Brazil. Combate state that she will be facing Denice Zamboanga in Bangkok on April 22nd.
Mezabarba (9-4-1) is coming off back to back decision losses. She has been the distance in all three of her ONE Championship fights with the Brazilian’s sole win coming at the expense of Mei Yamaguchi.
Zamboanga (9-2) is coming off a split decision win, just like her opponent. She beat Lin Heqin at ONE Fight Night 5 to get herself back in the title mix after back to back decision losses to Seo Hee Ham.
Denice Zamboanga and Lin Heqin are kicking off ONE on Prime Video 5 with a BANG! 💥
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) December 3, 2022
No venue has been confirmed for ONE Fight Night 9 but multiple fighters have stated the event will be in Bangkok. Traditionally the promotion has used Impact Arena there but recent cards in Thailand have all taken place at Lumpinee Stadium.