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Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai earns 7th ONE Championship win

Shannon Wiratchai

Shannon Wiratchai

Shannon Wiratchai was one of the four hometown heroes who fought on March 24, 2018 at “ONE: Iron Will” shook the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. He competed in the lightweight division against Indian fighter Rahul Raju, who made his ONE Championship debut.

The lightweight bout between Wiratchai and Raju ended at 0:21 of Round 1. The Thai fighter knocked out his Indian opponent via a punch.

This made Raju the seventh opponent defeated by Wiratchai inside the ONE Championship cage. The win upgraded the Thai fighter’s record to 9 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest while downgrading Raju’s record to 4 wins and 2 losses.

Wiratchai made his ONE Championship debut on August 31, 2012. He competed against Mitch Chilson at “ONE: Pride of a Nation” but their match ended in a No Contest due to an illegal soccer kick.

On April 5, 2013, Wiratchai returned to the ONE Championship cage and had his first loss in his career. He lost to Bashir Ahmad at “ONE: Kings and Champions” via unanimous decision.

Following the loss to Ahmad, Wiratchai enjoyed a six-fight winning streak. The first win was over Chilson in their rematch at “ONE: Total Domination” followed by a split decision victory over Amir Khan at “ONE: Warrior’s Quest.”

After Chilson and Khan, Wiratchai defeated Kyal Linn Aung, Peter Davis, Richard Corminal and Rajinder Singh Meena in the ONE Championship cage. However, Wiratchai’s winning streak ended on December 9, 2017 when he lost to Rasul Yakhyaev at “ONE: Warriors of the World” via unanimous decision.

In the main event of “ONE: Iron Will,” ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil successfully defended his title from ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Vietnam and Australia. Watch Fernandes talk about his legacy here:

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