Fighting out of Bangkok, Thailand, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 31, is a Muay Thai legend with a long list of accolades in his trophy room. He has the coveted Lumpinee Muay Thai world championship, the prestigious Rajadamnern Muay Thai title and the Fighter of the Year citation to name a few.
But Gaiyanghadao did not get the win in his most recent bout, which took place at the famous Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok in April 2015. He yielded to Chamuaktong Sor Yupinda by decision.
After going on hiatus, Gaiyanghadao is fighting again at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” on April 20, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He will compete against Fabio Pinca, 33, of Saint-Fons, France in a Muay Thai match in the 67 kg division of ONE Championship’s inaugural ONE Super Series.
“I am looking for a statement win this time around,” Gaiyanghadao declared. “This bout could bring me back to the top. I want a big win. Knocking him out will be an accomplishment because he is a good fighter and a tough opponent. You will all see.”
Standing in Gaiyanghadao’s re-entry to the winner’s column, Pinca is a highly-decorated kickboxer known for his technical and precise offensive style. A two-time WBC World Muay Thai champion, the French fighter owns a Rajadamnern Stadium world title and has become one of Europe’s most well-respected Muay Thai practitioners.
Pinca is bringing his talents to ONE Championship, where he aims to defeat a living legend in Gaiyanghadao. Although Gaiyanghadao already had career-defining moments in 310 professional bouts, he treats his maiden ONE Championship appearance as the most significant one because it could catapult him back to the kickboxing limelight.
“To tell you honestly, I am in a very tough fight,” Gaiyanghadao said about the marquee match-up against Pinca. “It’s nerve-wracking in a sense, but I am ready to accept the challenge.”
It has been three years since the last time Gaiyanghadao fought and he is looking forward to put on a great performance. He has been training hard and going through strategies.
“I hope to give my 110 percent in Manila,” the Thai martial artist declared. “I am coming to win.”
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: