Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao from the Evolve Fight Team is all ready and set to return to action this Friday night, 18 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The 34-year-old will feature in an exciting ONE Super Series co-main event contest at ONE: Unstoppable Dreams opposite Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen of the Netherlands.
The winner will crown the first-ever ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion. Sam-A, a multiple time Lumpinee Super Flyweight World Champion, Lumpinee Bantamweight World Champion, Thailand Super Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, and Bantamweight Champion with over 20 years of fight experience, is excited at the prospect of adding another accolade to his collection.
“Even though I have won many Muay Thai world championships, I am still very excited about the chance to win the ONE Championship belt,” the 34-year-old says.
“I am thankful that ONE Championship has chosen me to take part in the first world title fight for ONE Super Series. I will do my best to make my family, my fans, and all of Thailand proud.”
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Competing in Thailand’s largest and most prestigious arenas has been a staple for Sam-A ever since he began training as a young boy. Known for his exciting fighting style, Sam-A is highly-regarded as one of the biggest stars in Muay Thai history. But even given his lofty credentials, Sam-A isn’t taking his opponent Sergio Wielzen lightly.
“My opponent for this fight is very strong,” Sam-A offers.
“He is experienced and has a lot of power. I am not taking this fight lightly, and I am fully focused. I do not have a particular game plan. As always, I will go in and see how the fight develops. It is going to be a fun fight.”
The Muay Thai legend, however, is not concerned with the difficulty of facing the world’s best in striking. Despite ONE Super Series bringing together the absolute creme of the crop in striking martial arts, Sam-A says he is used to fighting very tough guys but that competing in front of an audience the size that ONE Championship generates is a surprisingly pleasant new experience for him.
ONE Championship is broadcast to an audience of a potential 1.7 billion viewers on any given night, in prime television networks in over 136 countries worldwide. Furthermore, it fills massive arenas with thousands of seats in bustling Asian capitals at every event.
Sam-A had a first-hand experience with this last January when he defeated Joseph “Hurricane” Lasiri in Manila.
“The feeling is still fresh in my mind,” the Thai recollects.
“Competing in front of such a huge crowd, and then being able to showcase my skills, it was an amazing feeling. I was very excited. Even after so many years in Muay Thai, I’m glad that I have a challenge that keeps me going.”
Although he is accustomed to competing in front of large audiences chanting his name, this experience was a fresh one for the veteran fighter. For starters, it was the first Muay Thai contest in ONE Championship history to ever take place inside the cage. Furthermore, instead of using traditional Muay Thai boxing gloves, Sam-A was fitted with the iconic ONE Championship 4 oz grappling gloves which he says added more oomph to his strikes.
“Fighting in those small gloves was a new thing for me. I felt sharp and powerful,” he explains. “I felt that my punches had more power and were sharper wearing 4 oz gloves.”
This Friday night, Sam-A aims for a history-making performance yet again. With the ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship on the line, Sam-A will look to put on the performance of a lifetime.
Training at Evolve MMA in Singapore, Sam-A reveals he is in peak condition ahead of the biggest match of his career.
“I am in the best shape of my life, and I feel great. I am faster, stronger, and more experienced. It is going to be an exciting contest for sure, but I am looking to end it quickly,” Sam-A concluded.
“I am thankful that I had the opportunity to compete in front of such a large audience watching all over the world, and I am thankful that I was able to show the effectiveness of Muay Thai to fans all over the world.”