Surinamese striking star Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen, 30, has nothing but praises for ONE Championship. He is set to compete in the promotion’s striking-only league ONE Super Series for the second time.
“The promotion is amazing for sure,” Wielzen stated. “The way they treat you is at the highest level, so I was really happy.”
A Sityodtong Amsterdam-based talent, Wielzen is hoping to do much better in his second foray into ONE Championship’s. In his promotional debut on May 18, 2018, he came up short in his bid for the ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship.
It did not go as Wielzen would have hoped. But the Surinamese martial artist was nothing short of elated for the experience of his maiden performance under the bright lights of ONE Championship.
Wielzen holds a martial arts resume that includes a professional kickboxing record of 46 wins, 19 losses and 2 draws and two W5 Kickboxing World Championship reigns. He is no stranger to performing on the big stages but he admitted that competing on the ONE Super Series stage was unlike anything he has ever experienced in his professional career.
“For me, it was a whole different ball game,” Wielzen said. “It was the biggest show I’ve ever been on and I’ve fought on big shows. I really felt the pressure.”
With the debut jitters now behind Wielzen, he hopes to emerge victorious in his return to ONE Super Series against debuting Muay Thai star Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, 21, at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” on September 22, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rodtang holds a professional Muay Thai record of 252 wins, 40 losses and 10 draws. The Thai contender may be the more experienced in terms of record but Wielzen believes that his edge is having already gone through the ONE Super Series experience.
Watch Wielzen’s ONE Championship debut bout here: