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Gabès, Tunisia’s Fahdi Khaled earns 1st ONE Super Series win, beats Huang Ding in Bangkok, Thailand

Huang Ding, Kregkai Klaokeng, Fahdi Khaled (©ONE Championship)

Huang Ding, Kregkai Klaokeng, Fahdi Khaled (©ONE Championship)

Fahdi “The Gladiator” Kahled, 25, of Gabès, Tunisia was one of the winners at “ONE: No Surrender 2” in Bangkok, Thailand. The Tunisian martial artist earned his first victory in ONE Championship‘s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring one kickboxing, two mixed martial arts and three Muay Thai fights, “ONE: No Surrender 2” took place in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. In the first bout of the evening, Khaled fought Huang Ding, 22, of China in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division using 4oz. gloves.

Kregkai Klaokeng served as the referee. After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Klaokeng raised the hand of Khaled. The Tunisian fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: No Surrender 2” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Khaled to 40 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Ding now has 30 wins and 8 losses.

 

Due to travel restrictions amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, only ONE Championship athletes currently in Thailand were included in the fight card of “ONE: No Surrender 2,” which was a closed-door, audience-free event. Seven countries were represented namely Algeria, China, France, Japan, Thailand, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

Khaled solely represented Tunisia. The Gabès native trains out of Venum Training Camp Thailand in Pattaya, Thailand.

Ding was the sole representative of China. He trains at X Max Thai Boxing Club in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Chinese fighter made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while it was Khaled’s second fight in the league. When the Tunisian fighter made his debut in the league at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” on January 25, 2019 in the Philippines, he lost to Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, 22, of Thailand.

The main event of “ONE: No Surrender 2” was a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal bout between Thai fighters Saemapetch Fairtex, 25, and Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 30. The former won via unanimous decision.

Dom Lau was the announcer at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson were the commentators and the judges were Ian Cartwright of Canada and Rob Cox and Alastair McOnie of the U.K. Watch all the bouts here:

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