Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, 36, of Thailand is the first ever Muay Thai champion of ONE Super Series in the strawweight division. He earned the title at “ONE: King of the Jungle.”
Featuring one Muay Thai title bout, one kickboxing title bout and nine mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: King of the Jungle” was a closed-door event held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. In the co-main event of the evening, Sam-A and Rocky Ogden, 20, of Australia competed for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship title.
Elias Dolaptsis served served as the referee. Sam-A was the quicker and more powerful man as the contest wore on.
Although the first few rounds were closely competitive and tactical, Sam-A turned up the aggression in rounds four and five, punishing his young opponent with fast and powerful kicks and boxing combinations. After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Sam-A. The Thai martial arts veteran was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: King of the Jungle” improved the professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of Sam-A to 369 wins, 47 losses and 9 draws. On the other hand, Ogden now holds a professional Muay Thai record of 36 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw.
Including Australia and Thailand, 13 countries were represented at “ONE: King of the Jungle.” The others were Canada, Egypt, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.
Training out of Boonchu Gym, Ogden solely represented Australia. He made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: King of the Jungle.”
Also reigning as the ONE Kickboxing Strawweight World Champion, Sam-A was one of the three representatives of Thailand. “ONE: King of the Jungle” marked his sixth ONE Super Series bout.