ONE Fight Night 19 is set for Lumpinee Stadium on February 17th and the event already has a headliner. Jonathan Haggerty will be defending his bantamweight Muay Thai title against Felipe Lobo.
The two men got involved in an altercation at ONE Fight Night 16. Lobo was ringside to corner his Tiger Muay Thai teammate and training partner Fabricio Andrade who Haggerty stopped in the second round.
The two men exchanged words and afterwards Haggerty told SCMP MMA that,
“I don’t even like to mention Lobo, because he don’t even want it. I can’t stand his face. But Lobo if he wants it, then yeah. I’m not here to call names.”
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Nico Carrillo is coming off a superb 2023 and many felt that he would be next in line for a shot at Haggerty. But the Scot has yet to compete on one of ONE Championship’s Amazon Prime events and only recently broke into the top five.
Carrillo is currently ranked at #5, three spots below Lobo. The Brazilian was last seen in action at ONE Fight Night 9 where he stopped Thai veteran Saemapetch Fairtex in the second round.
A rematch between Saemapetch and Lobo was scheduled for last month but the Thai fighter withdrew. The Brazilian now finds himself challenging one of the most dominant champions on the ONE Championship roster.
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Haggerty has won five fights in a row, capturing the bantamweight kickboxing and Muay Thai titles. It is the latter which he will be putting on the line next month.
The Englishman won the belt by stopping Nong-O Gaiyanghadao at ONE Fight Night 9 in April. He will be defending it for the first time on February 17th.
Lobo has also been in with Nong-O but the Brazilian didn’t fare anything like as well as Haggerty. He was stopped in the third round at ONE: ‘X’ in 2022.
What. A. KNOCKOUT 💪
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao 🇹🇭 sends Felipe Lobo to the shadow realm with a wicked uppercut! #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship#ONEX | PPV: 8PM SGT/8AM ET | Order PPV: https://t.co/eBUfsOlZOd pic.twitter.com/73PQSeZfZ3
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ONE Fight Night 19 had originally been scheduled for the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event was supposed to feature the return of Christian Lee who has not competed at all since the tragic death of his younger sister.
There has clearly been a change of plan with the event now confirmed for Lumpinee Stadium. It remains to be seen whether Lee, who holds the lightweight and welterweight titles, will still be competing on this card.