On Dec. 9, Saturday, Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 29, will fight in his home country Thailand, particularly at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. He will face Rasul Yakhyaev, 26, who hails from Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, in a lightweight bout at “ONE: Warriors of the World.”
Yakhyaev currently hold a record of 10 wins and 6 losses. He has been in a losing streak and “ONE: Warriors of the World” marks his ONE Championship return.
On Dec. 5, 2015, Yakhyaev made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Kingdom of Khmer” at the Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He defeated Lowen Tynanes via rear-naked choke submission on the third round.
After defeating Tynanes, Yakhyaev returned to the Russian promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB). On March 9, 2016, Yakhyaev defeated Alexander Panasyuk at “ACB 31: Magomedsharipov vs Arapkhanov” via unanimous decision.
However, Yakhyaev failed to win in his three most recent fights under the ACB. He lost to Adrian Zielinski, Herdeson Batista and Aurel Pirtea on Feb. 18, May 13 and Sept. 9, respectively.
On the other hand, Wiratchai won his six most recent fights. When he made his ONE Championship debut on Aug. 31, 2012 facing Mitch Chilson, it was declared No Contest due to illegal soccer kick on the second round.
On Oct. 18, Wiratchai and Chilson had their rematch at “ONE FC 11: Total Domination” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Chilson was knocked out by Wiratchai’s soccer kicks and punches on the first round.
Before defeating Chilson, Wiratchai lost to Bashir Ahmad at “ONE FC 8: Kings and Champion” via unanimous decision. It was Wiratchai’s first loss and he has yet to have his second loss.
The successful rematch with Chilson started Wiratchai’s winning streak. The Thai fighter added five more wins in his record by defeating Amir Khan, Kyal Linn Aung, Peter Davis, Richard Corminal and most recently, Rajinder Singh Meena.