Lara Fernandez will be back in action at ONE Fight Night 12. The Spanish atomweight has been matched with an opponent who earned a contract after impressing on the weekly shows at Lumpinee Stadium.
Phetjeeja Lukjaoporongtom won at ONE Friday Fights 9 and ONE Friday Fights 16 with both victories coming inside the distance. In 2021 she also knocked out Aida Looksaikongdin, who married Rodtang Jitmuangnon earlier this year, with a spinning back fist.
Phetjeeja is on a ten fight winning streak and nine of these victories have come inside the distance. Meanwhile Fernandez was handed an atomweight title shot on her ONE Championship debut but came up short against Janet Todd.
She caused Todd plenty of problems in that fight. At ONE 164 the Spanish fighter was matched with Daokongfah Banchamek and she beat the Thai fighter by split decision.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 21, 2023
As previously announced a kickboxing title fight looks set to headline ONE Fight Night 12. Roman Kryklia will be defending his belt against Francesko Xhaja at Lumpinee Stadium on July 15th.
Kryklia has won six fights out of six for ONE Championship and is the reigning light heavyweight and heavyweight kickboxing champion. It is the former strap which he will be putting on the line against the Albanian.
Xhaja was stopped in the second round by heavyweight Rade Opačić on his ONE Championship debut. He dropped down a division to score a split decision win over Andrei Stoica in his sophomore appearance.
🚨 BANGER ALERT 🚨 Two-division kickboxing king Roman Kryklia defends the ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship against hard-hitting Albanian Francesko Xhaja! Plus, American grappling ace Garry Tonon returns to face Shamil Gasanov in a featherweight MMA showdown 🔥… pic.twitter.com/hCtzydjIpf
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 31, 2023
Two of the promotion’s top featherweight will also face off next month. Garry Tonon and Shamil Gasanov will go head to head at Lumpinee Stadium on July 14th in a featherweight grudge match.
Gasanov called out Tonon after beating Kim Jae Woong at ONE Fight Night 3 last year. In the aftermath of that victory he announced he was going to rip the American’s head off.
Tonon rebounded from the first defeat of his MMA career to submit Johnny Nunez at ONE Fight Night 6 earlier this year. He is a BJJ black belt and Gasanov will have his work cut off trying to rip any of the 31 year old’s limbs off.
Gasanov was scheduled to fight Martin Nguyen at ONE Fight Night 7. The Russian pulled out of that fight but will be looking to underline his title credentials with a win over the #2 ranked Tonon.
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Tang Kai will not be defending his featherweight title at ONE Fight Night 12. The Chinese fighter announced on Weibo last week that he had injured his knee and would not be able to compete on July 14th.
Kai was booked to make the first defence of the belt he won last August. The Chinese fighter received a hero’s welcome in his homeland after defeating Than Le at ONE 160.
He had been set to face the same opponent in a rematch. But that fight will have to be postponed as Kai has injured his knee during training:
Tang Kai announces on Weibo that he’s injured his knee and out of his fight with Thanh Le on July 14th. pic.twitter.com/nC0PHR2rQl
— Chris Presnell (@mmaecosystem) May 23, 2023
Chopping and changing
It remains to be seen whether ONE Championship will be able to find an alternative opponent for Le. He has also been out of action since the grueling five round war with Kai last August.
ONE Championship will definitely have to do some chopping and changing because the card, which is set for Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, has already lost one title fight. Arjan Bhullar and Anatoly Malykhin had set to face off in their long awaited title unification bout in the headliner.
But having been postponed on multiple occasions that fight has now been moved forwards. The two heavyweights will now face off at ONE Friday Fights 22 which is set for the same venue on Friday night.
A bantamweight bout between Yuya Wakamatsu and Xie Wei is also on the ONE Fight Night 12 card. The two will face off at Lumpinee Stadium on July 15th.
Wakamatsu is coming off back to back defeats. He was submitted by Adriano Moraes in the third round of a flyweight title fight at ONE: ‘X’ last year.
While Wakamatsu was clearly the underdog heading into that fight his next defeat was more surprising. The 28 year old was stopped in the opening round by Sung Hoon Woo at ONE 163.
Wei is also coming off a defeat. He saw his three fight winning streak snapped by Reece McLaren, the Australian submitted him with a rear naked choke at ONE 158.