Why undefeated MMA fighter Sagetdao Petpayathai enjoys Muay Thai

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Hailing from Maha Sarakham, Thailand, Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai, 31, arrived in ONE Championship with top-notch striking credentials. He is a multiple-time world champion in the discipline of Muay Thai.

Petpayathai racked up 12 major Muay Thai titles. Among these are a WBC Diamond super lightweight belt, a Rajadamnern world championship and four Lumpinee world championships in different weight classes.

“Muay Thai is a challenging sport that I enjoy,” Petpayathai stated. “I like the fact that because it is an individual sport, the fighter controls and is responsible for his success and failure.”

When Sagetdao decided to leave Muay Thai in 2017, success for him was not necessarily a given in the all-encompassing world of mixed martial arts competition. He said, “Martial arts has given me everything I have in life.”

“I owe everything I have, all my success, to Muay Thai,” Sagetdao continued. “It has helped me become more disciplined, and it has taught me the value of hard work. Now, knowing that my future is all up to me, if I work hard, I can control my destiny.”

However, Sagetdao’s dedication to his craft saw him quickly adapt his striking style for the cage. He made a seamless transition to mixed martial arts by joining ONE Championship.

Armed with strong knee strikes and clinch style of fighting, Sagetdao conquered all of his three opponents in ONE Championship in 2017. He knocked out Kelvin “Ice Man” Ong, 30, Mahmoud Mohamed of Egypt and Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo, 37, of the Philippines all in the first round at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom,” “ONE Championship: Shanghai” and “ONE: Warriors of the World,” respectively.

With a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss, Sagetdao is putting his undefeated record on the line on June 29, 2018. He will compete against Chinese national wrestling silver medalist “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen, 21, in the featherweight division at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

“I hope to have an exciting performance on Friday,” Sagetdao said. “It will surely bring me more confidence if I win. I will keep training hard and prepare for my next victory.”

Meanwhile, here is a clip from one of Ma’s previous bouts:

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