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Will Muay Thai help Sagetdao Petpayathai beat Ma Jia Wen at ‘ONE: Spirit of a Warrior’ in Myanmar?

Sagetdao Petpayathai, Jack Lim, Ma Jia Wen

Sagetdao Petpayathai, Jack Lim, Ma Jia Wen

Thai-Singaporean mixed martial artist Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai, 31, does not have a specific plan on how he wants to end his bout at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.” However, with his Muay Thai skills, he is confident that he can defeat his opponent “Cannoin” Ma Jian Wen, 21, who is a Chinese national wrestling silver medalist.

“From what I have seen, he is a strong fighter,” Sagetdao said of Ma. “I look forward to meeting him in the cage, and I will be expecting a good challenge. I feel I have the edge because of my Muay Thai experience.”

Sagetdao and Ma had their face-off during the “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” press conference on June 27, 2018 at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, which was attended by ONE Championship chief commercial officer Jack Lim. They will battle out in the featherweight division on June 29, 2018 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon.

“I do not envision it ending in a certain way because I know anything can happen in a fight,” Sagetdao stated. “With that being said, I am confident of getting the victory.”

But complacency is not part of Sagetdao’s vocabulary although he has achieved incredible results in a short amount of time in mixed martial arts. After building up some momentum in 2017, he will be looking to force himself into title contention by acing his first assignment in 2018.

“My goal is to be the champion, the world champion of ONE Championship,” Sagetdao declared. “Winning my fight against a tough opponent like Ma Jia Wen will be the first step in reaching that goal.”

While Sagetdao is originally from Maha Sarakham, Thailand, he is currently teaching at Evolve MMA in Singapore. He holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss.

On the other hand, Ma hails from Tianjin, China. He has 5 wins and 2 losses.

Ma is part of a rapidly rising contingent of talented Chinese combatants who have shown great promise in combining the various aspects of striking and grappling. In his last outing, which was at “ONE: Visions of Victory” on March 9, 2018, he notched a second-round submission win over Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba, 25, of Pakistan.

The last time Ma lost was on May 6, 2016 when Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, 23, of Russia knocked him out at “ONE: Ascent to Power.” Here is a clip from the bout:

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