Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand is still the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion. He successfully defended his title at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.”
Nong-O became the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion on February 16, 2019 by defeating Han Zi Hao, 23, of China. The Thai fighter earned his fifth consecutive win in ONE Super Series, the striking only league of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship, at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.”
Featuring nine Muay Thai matches and three kickboxing contests, “ONE: Immortal Triumph” took place at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 6, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Brice Delval, 20, of Algeria challenged Nong-O.
Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee while Rob Cox of the United Kingdom, Eshton Thomas of Malaysia and Rosenberg Rosete of the Philippines were the judges. After five three-minute rounds, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Nong-O, who was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “ONE: Immortal Triumph” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Nong-O to 260wins, 54 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Delval now has 33 wins and 6 losses.
Delval made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Immortal Triumph,” which marked Nong-O’s fifth bout in the league. While the Thai champ represents Evolve MMA, the Algerian fighter trains out of Mahmoudi Gym in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Paris, France.
Including Algeria and Thailand, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.” The others were Australia, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan Malaysia, Russia, Slovakia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Delval solely represented Algeria. Nong-O was one of the five representatives of Thailand.
Aside from Han and Delval, Nong-O defeated three other opponents in ONE Super Series. They are Fabio Pinca, 34, France; Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 35, of France; and Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan.
“ONE: Immortal Triumph” was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Vietnam and it featured the organization’s first ever fight card that included striking bouts only. Here is a recap: