MMA

Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai: Bangkok, be ready

In December 2017, Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 29, of Thailand fell short against Russian lightweight Rasul Yakhyaev, 26, of Russia. Now, the Thai fighter seeks to re-enter the winner’s circle as he faces Singapore-based Indian martial artist Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 26, at “ONE: Iron Will” on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Surely, there will be fireworks,” Wiratchai quipped. “Bangkok, be ready. I am bringing the action right to you.”

This will not be the first time Wiratchai is competing inside the ONE Championship cage in front of his countrymen.

“Competing in front of my hometown fans is always a great pleasure,” Wiratchai said. “However, in my last bout in Bangkok, I wasn’t able to give my countrymen a sweet victory.”

“I have been working very hard to get back on the winning track,” Wiratchai added. “I will showcase my best skills in this bout and take home the win for Thailand.”

Wiratchai is undoubtedly one of Thailand’s most colorful sports personalities. He has become a fan favorite with his thrilling martial arts style and entertaining walkouts, which usually features him referencing pop culture rooted with deep meaning.

A true martial artist who splits his time between Bangkok Fight Lab and Tiger Muay Thai & MMA, Wiratchai has created his own striking style branded as the OneShin Striking System that is based on attacking opponents who leave themselves vulnerable. He vowed that he will not shy away from his exciting cage style in his three-round lightweight meeting against Raju.

Aside from Wiratchai, there are three other Thai fighters competing at “ONE: Iron Will.” They are Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 28, Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 39, and Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26.

“ONE: Iron Will” 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. Here is a clip featuring Nguyen, Fernandes and other ONE Championship champions:

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