Representing Singapore’s Evolve MMA, Muay Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 31, has reached the apex of Muay Thai, becoming a five-division world champion in the sport. The native of Sakon Nakhon, Thailand is revered by many for the incredible speed, power and precision behind all his strikes.
The celebrated Thai kickboxer will venture into new territory to reignite his illustrious career. Once considered as one of the best pound-for-pound competitors in the world of Muay Thai, he will make his debut under the ONE Championship banner on April 20, 2018 as part of the much-awaited ONE Super Series at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Gaiyanghadao believes that by joining the promotion’s ONE Super Series, it opens a new chapter in his professional kickboxing stint. He stated, “It’s a new beginning for me.”
“You can say that it’s a breath of fresh air for my career as an athlete,” Gaiyanghadao continued. “I am excited to be in this new journey. I hope everything will turn our great for me as part of the growing ONE Championship roster.”
A celebration of the world’s most effective striking arts, ONE Super Series invites the very best martial artists from Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, wushu, sanda and more to showcase their skills on the ONE Championship stage. On the undercard of “ONE: Heroes of Honor,” Gaiyanghadao is scheduled to duke it out with French-Italian dynamo Fabio Pinca, 33.
Gaiyanghadao was last seen in action in April 2015 when he yielded to Chamuaktong Sor Yupinda by decision at Bangkok’s famous Rajadamnern Stadium. Despite sitting on the sidelines for three years, Gaiyanghadao stressed that his best days as a professional kickboxer are not yet over.
“I’m just 31 years old,” the Thai martial artist stated. “I still have the drive to compete. What I have here is a good opportunity to start fresh and remind everyone what I am capable of.”
The mixed martial arts fight card of “ONE: Heroes of Honor” will be headlined by Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of the Philippines and Andrew Leone, 28, of the United States. Here is a clip featuring Belingon’s most recent bout: