On March 24, 2018, ONE Championship will return to Bangkok, Thailand to hold “ONE: Iron Will,” the organization’s fourth event in the country. Competing are four homegrown athletes namely Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 29, Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 28, Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 39, and Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26.
“ONE: Iron Will” marks Kongsrichai’s fifth fight under ONE Championship. His fourth one was a win against Rabin Catalan, 31, of the Philippines at “ONE: Warriors of the World” on December 9, 2017.
Kongsrichai is looking forward to giving another spectacular performance against the Philippines’ Robin Catalan, 27, younger brother of Rabin. Currently, both Kongsrichai and Robin have 6 wins and 3 losses.
Robin will be the third Filipino opponent of Kongsrichai. Before Rabin, the Thai fighter lost to Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines.
Competing at home is always a highlight for Kongsrichai, who eyes to extend his victory parade and eventually vie for a divisional world championship. He said, “It is really nice when you walk out and you have a lot of people cheering for you.”
Thailand has always been a hotbed for martial arts in Southeast Asia as it is renowned for being the birthplace of Muay Thai. The nation has famously produced some of the finest athletes in combat sports, but in recent years, a plethora of competitors have made the transition to ONE Championship and have experienced great success inside the cage.
“I hope this win will lead me to a title shot,” Kongsrichai added. “I worked very hard to be in this position.”
“ONE: Iron Will” will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. It will be headlined by reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil and reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, of Australia.
The two-division titleholder will make an attempt to earn his third belt by dethroning the top bantamweight contender of the promotion. Here is a clip featuring Nguyen, Fernandes and other ONE Championship champions: