In a momentous return to the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, ONE Championship is set to present what is arguably its most anticipated card on September 22, under the banner of ONE Friday Fights 34. Packed with 11 high-stakes battles across Muay Thai, MMA, and kickboxing, this weekly Asia primetime event series has reached a crescendo of unparalleled proportions. Here is a comprehensive examination of the fight card.
Headlining this illustrious card is a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title bout that carries historical significance: Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon will defend his belt against Superlek “The Kicking Machine” Kiatmoo9. While Rodtang, a force of unyielding charisma and a globally recognized star, comes into the fight boasting a perfect 14-0 record in ONE Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts, his opponent Superlek, the current ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion, stands as the #1-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender.
“The matchup finally coming to fruition pits two superstars at the peak of their powers against each other for the biggest prize in Muay Thai,” said Superlek, echoing the anticipation that has been building around this contest. Both fighters are at the zenith of their careers, each holding multiple titles and bringing unparalleled skill sets into the ring. “Simply put, this is one of the most significant fights in the storied history of Muay Thai,” adds Rodtang. It’s not just a fight; it’s a monumental occasion that could redefine the legacy of Muay Thai as a sport.
Serving as the perfect prelude to the main event is a compelling contest between two Thai sensations—28-year-old Yodlekpet Or Atchariya, nicknamed “The Destroyer,” will face “Elbow Zombie” Muangthai PK Saenchai. Yodlekpet’s ONE record is impeccable with three highlight-reel stoppages. This bout serves as a redemption opportunity for him, as Muangthai has bested him twice in past encounters. With Muangthai’s clinch and close-range mastery, the clash is set to be a technical marvel.
Further adding to the spectacle are a host of other luminaries in the ONE Friday Fights event series. Seksan Or Kwanmuang, known as “The Man Who Yields To No One,” is slated to put his relentless Muay Thai against Iranian-Malaysian brawler Amir Naseri in a 140-pound catchweight contest. Given Seksan’s history of electrifying victories, this bout promises to be a pyrotechnic display of martial arts.
In a contest aimed at winning the hearts of the Thai audience, Australian Tyson “John Wayne Noi” Harrison will throw down against Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai. All of Harrison’s outings have been unforgettable, and this one promises to follow suit.
Current ONE Interim Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Prajanchai PK Saenchai will make his eagerly awaited kickboxing debut against Algerian standout Akram Hamidi. Fresh from a spectacular knockout over Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Prajanchai’s victory could mark the beginning of a 2023 Fighter of the Year campaign and establish his long-term viability in the world of kickboxing.
The evening will kick off with MMA matchups featuring stellar athletes known for their finishing prowess. Filipino talent Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang will aim for his sixth stoppage victory against Adrian “Papua Badboy” Mattheis, who owns an incredible 89% finishing rate in ONE Championship.
Following this, Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg, a creative and unconventional knockout artist, will face “The Ghost” Chen Rui. This bout has the makings of a knock-down, drag-out striking extravaganza that should not be missed.
With such a diverse and explosive roster, this edition of ONE Friday Fights 34 stands as a historic event in the world of martial arts. The card not only features battles between established legends but also offers a platform for emerging talents to showcase their skills on a global stage.
Complete Roster for ONE Friday Fights 34
– ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship: Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Superlek Kiatmoo9
– Muay Thai in a 140-pound Catchweight Bout: Seksan Or Kwanmuang vs. Amir Naseri
– Muay Thai in a 138-pound Catchweight Bout: Muangthai PK Saenchai vs. Yodlekpet Or Atchariya
– Muay Thai Bantamweight Clash: Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai vs. Tyson Harrison
– Kickboxing Strawweight Showdown: Prajanchai PK Saenchai vs. Akram Hamidi
– Muay Thai at 147-pound Catchweight: Sibmuen Sitchefboontham vs. Miguel Trindade
– Muay Thai in a 140-pound Catchweight: Suakim Sor Jor Thongprajin vs. Saman Ashouri
– Muay Thai in a 116-pound Catchweight Bout: Jomhod Auto MuayThai vs. Songchainoi Kiatsongrit
– Muay Thai at 127-pound Catchweight: Petchartchai Fight Geek Muaythai vs. Wei Ziqin
– MMA Bantamweight Encounter: Chen Rui vs. Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg
– MMA Strawweight Face-off: Lito Adiwang vs. Adrian Mattheis