Liam Harrison faces Muangthai PKSaenchaigym on Friday at ONE: ‘Reloaded’. It promises to be an action packed battle, with both fighters known for their aggressive walk forward styles.

For Harrison it is a great feeling to finally be back in the ONE Championship cage after seeing numerous fights cancelled during the pandemic,

“It’s absolutely amazing to be back. I’ve fought on other promotions but there’s no stage like the ONE championship stage.”

Tough times

It has been tough at times for Harrison with the wait between fights exasperated by some injury problems. But his preparation has gone well and he is looking forward to testing himself against Muangthai,

“All my injuries have cleared up now I feel good again, much better than I did in my 20s  to be honest. My preparation has gone very good, I’ve had a few opponent changes, and a few changes of game plan, but I’m fit strong and ready to fight anyone in front of me.”

Both fighters have been fairly inactive since the pandemic with Muangthai not having fought at all. But before Covid-19 hit he was one of the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighters on the planet and Harrison knows exactly what to expect,

“Muangthai is very tough, durable and will walk forward looking to elbow. But as well as those being his strengths they are also his weaknesses as he tends to eat a lot of shots, I’m just gonna fight my style, hard punches, hard kicks and lots of action.”

Twilight stage

Liam is busy outside of the circle two, with online coaching and his own clothing brand and at the age of 36 is moving into the twilight stage of his fight career. But he still feels he has a lot to give the sport and it is that what motivates him to keep going,

“I know I have a lot of other things on the go and could probably retire now and make a great living teaching, but I’m still a fighter at heart and still live and breathe for this sport that I love so much and still feel like I’ve got a lot more to give.”

Liam has a huge fanbase back home in the UK and he also revealed that he will be fighting there soon,

“I will still fight in the UK a few more times before I retire for sure. I have the WBC diamond belt locked in and ready to fight for, so just waiting for a gap with ONE for them to give me the green light.”

With retirement potentially not too far a way, Liam still has one clear goal in his sights,

“My dream is to push for a shot at the ONE title and win that. That would be the icing on the cake for me.”