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Evolve MMA’s Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is still ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion, beats Hiroaki Suzuki at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

Nong-o Gaiyanghadao (© ONE Championship)

Nong-o Gaiyanghadao (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand successfully defended his title at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was his fourth bout and fourth victory in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Nong-o defended his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship belt from Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan.

Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee. The judges were Jonathan Lai and Ian Cartwright of Canada and Esthton Thomas of Malaysia.

Suzuki took the full force of Nong-o’s mighty right lead roundhouse kick for the duration of the five-round bout. The Japanese challenger survived the onslaught to the final bell but the Thai defending champion was ahead every step of the way behind a virtuoso performance.

After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Nong-o, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Nong-o to 259 wins, 54 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Suzuki now has 41 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw.

While Nong-o was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Suzuki was one of the four representatives of Japan. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States were also represented.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked the third ONE Super Series outing of Hiroaki, who is training out of Bellwood Fight Team in Japan. He defeated  Deividas “The Savage Sitsongpeenong” Danyla, 26, of Lithuania at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018 and “Jordan Boy” Mohammed Bin Mahmoud, 22, of Malaysia.

More photos from Nong-o and Suzuki’s bout are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap here:

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