Mark your calendars and set your alarms—this Friday, August 25, promises an electrifying night of martial arts action at the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. ONE Friday Fights 30 is pulling out all the stops to make this a must-watch spectacle for fans in Asia and beyond. With a stacked card featuring 12 gripping bouts, the event is poised to keep audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Let’s dive right into the pulse-pounding line-up that’s got the combat sports world buzzing. The spotlight of the evening will shine brightest on a mouthwatering Muay Thai duel between Saemapetch Fairtex and Kaonar Sor Jor Thongprajin in the bantamweight division. Saemapetch, a veteran in the ONE circle since 2018, has amassed an impressive track record, notching wins against eminent fighters like Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai and Alaverdi Ramazanov.
However, this isn’t just any other fight for Saemapetch. His opponent, Kaonar, is a formidable force to reckon with—a seasoned 33-year-old former Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion. He’s also known for having defeated the reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon in 2020. Both fighters are on the hunt for a resurgence after facing recent losses, setting the stage for an exhilarating clash that could potentially define their careers.
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Before the main event, young gun Aliff Sor Dechapan will aim to extend his streak of stoppage wins as he faces off against Yangdam Sor Tor Hiewbangsaen in a 119-pound catchweight bout. The 19-year-old Aliff has already turned heads with two successive first-round stoppages. Can he make it a hat-trick and surge toward stardom? Yangdam, still seeking his inaugural win in ONE, has a golden opportunity to disrupt Aliff’s ascent and carve his own path to glory.
Adding more fire to the card, Songchainoi Kiatsongrit is poised to sustain his unbeaten record in ONE Friday Fights as he confronts Chokdee Maxjandee in a 116-pound catchweight clash. Kaoklai Chor Hapayak is another name to watch; he aims to continue his streak of knockout victories when he meets Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Chalawan Ngorbangkapi at strawweight.
The international spotlight will focus on the ISKA Kickboxing World Champion, Eisaku Ogasawara, who will make his ONE debut in a 132-pound Muay Thai bout against Yodwittaya Petchompoo. This is a clash of styles and skills that could steal the show on any other night.
Not to be overshadowed, the MMA component of the evening offers its own intrigue. American combatant Mark Choinski will take on South Korea’s Gwanwoo Lim in an enthralling featherweight contest. Kicking off the evening’s proceedings will be an encounter between two undefeated welterweights, Gadzhimurad Amirzhanov and Mehraban Farhadi, both eager to make their mark in the ONE Championship universe.
This 30th instalment of the ONE Friday Fights series is more than just another event on the calendar; it’s a celebration of the sublime skills and indomitable spirits that characterise the best in Muay Thai and MMA. Whether you’re a lifelong devotee or a newcomer to the world of martial arts, this night promises to deliver high-octane thrills and unforgettable moments.
So, whether you’re tuning in for “the art of eight limbs,” the tactical artistry of mixed martial arts, or both, prepare for a night that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Mark it down; you won’t want to miss this.