Jonathan Di Bella will be making the first defence of his strawweight kickboxing title at ONE Fight Night 15. The Canadian faces Danial Williams at Lumpinee Stadium on October 7th.
De Bella won the belt by beating Zhang Peimian at ONE 161. That was last September and the newly crowned champion will have been out of action for over a year by the time he returns to the ring.
By contrast Williams has had a busy schedule, competing in multiple sports. The Thai / Australian is coming off back to back defeats in Muay Thai fights, he was stopped by Superlek Kiatmoo9 last time out.
Prior to that he had dropped a decision to Rodtang Jitmuangnon, so Williams’ losses have at least come at the hands of elite opponents. He will be competing in kickboxing for the first time at ONE Fight Night 15.
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As previously announced Tawanchai PKSaenchaigym will be putting his featherweight Muay Thai title on the line at ONE Fight Night 15. He faces fellow Thai Superbon Banchamek on October 7th.
While Superbon has been focused on kickboxing for the past seven years Tawanchai is one of the top pound for pound Muay Thai fighters in the world. He has beaten some of the biggest names in the division and been on a particularly impressive run of his own with ONE Championship.
Tawanchai will be making the second defence of the title he won last year. Meanwhile Superbon went on an incredible run that saw him beat Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, Giorgio Petrosyan and Marat Grigorian.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 5, 2023
Fabricio Andrade and Jonathan Haggerty will meet in a bantamweight kickboxing title fight in Bangkok on October 6th. The fight was announced by Chatri Sityodtong earlier today.
The belt is vacant because former champion Petchtanong Banchamek was stripped of the title after failing a drug test. Both Andrade and Haggerty were crowned as champions in different sports earlier this year.
Andrade won the bantamweight MMA belt after stopping John Lineker at ONE Fight Night 6. He has yet to defend that title but has plenty of kickboxing experience and fought ten times for Kunlun Fight.
Haggerty became the bantamweight Muay Thai champion when he stopped Nong-O Gaiyanghadao at ONE Fight Night 6. He had previously held the flyweight belt but doesn’t appear to have any kickboxing experience.
Timofey Nastyukhin and Lipeng Zhang will go head to head at ONE Fight Night 15. The two lightweights will go head to head in Bangkok on October 7th.
Nastyukhin (14-7) burst onto the scene by knocking out Eduard Folayang in 2014. He also finished Eddie Alvarez on the former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion’s ONE Championship debut in 2019.
But he has fallen on hard times and has been stopped in each of his last three outings. He is coming off TKO losses a the hands of Halil Amir, Saygid Arslanaliev and Christian Lee.
Zhang (33-12-2) also holds a win over Folayang although the Filipino was already fading by the time they fought in 2021. The former Kunlun lightweight champion has two losses and one win from his three ONE Championship fights.
Timofey Nastyukhin made his ONE debut in 2014. Since then:
💪 6 victories
👊 4 knockouts
🙌 Wins over Eduard Folayang, Amir Khan, and Eddie Alvarez #TransformationTuesday #InsideTheMatrix2 #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/4kkejIgD7o
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 3, 2020
As announced earlier today an openweight grappling bout has been added to the ONE Fight Night 15 card. Mikey Musumeci will be facing Shinya Aoki.
Aoki will be competing for the first time in nearly a year. The 40 year old’s last foray into the world of submission grappling ended with a decision loss to Tye Ruotolo.
Musumeci competes at flyweight and clearly has no difficulty making the limit. He is the promotion’s reigning submission grappling champion in the division and has won five fights out of five for ONE Championship.
Meanwhile another big bout has been added to the ONE Fight Night 15 card according to reports in the Philippines. Flyweights Danny Kingad and Hu Yong will face off in Bangkok on October 7th.
Kingad is a former flyweight title challenger and is currently ranked #3. With #2 ranked Kairat Akhmetov serving a drug ban he could move into immediate title contention with a win here.
Yong will be looking to secure a spot in the rankings for the first time. He is coming off back to back wins and holds a victory over Kingad’s Team Lakay training partner Geje Eustaquio.