No other fighter in the world today represents the ferocity and power Muay Thai fighters are known for quite like Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym. Formerly known as Nong-O Sit Or, the living legend is considered to be one of the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighters in the world today. Nong-O is best known for the incredible speed, power and precision behind all his strikes.
A five-division World Champion holding multiple Lumpinee Muay Thai World Titles, Rajdamnern Muay Thai World Titles, Thailand National Titles, the Toyota Marathon Tournament Championship Title and more, he has squared off against fellow legends like Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Petchboonchu F.A.Group, Pakorn Sakyothin, Kongsak Sitboonmee, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Orono Wor Petchpun and more.
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym’s 6 Best Knockouts:
1) vs. Petchboonchu F.A.Group
Petchboonchu F.A.Group is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of our generation. He is also perhaps Nong-O biggest rival. The two have fought a total of eight times throughout their careers, with Nong-O winning five of those eight.
This fight took place back in 2010 and was the fifth meeting between the two men. Nong-O picked apart Petchboonchu in the first two rounds with fast punches and leg kick combinations while keeping his taller rival away with well-timed front kicks. In the third round, Nong-O made Petchboonchu pay for his aggression by knocking him out with a series of vicious punches.
2) vs. Detchnarong Wor Soontornnon
This fight started uncharacteristically fast for both Nong-O and Detchnarong Wor Soontornnon as the two Thai fighters looked to establish control from the get-go. However, Nong-O’s technique and trickery proved too much for the aggressive Detchnarong and the fight ended within the first minute with a beautiful switch kick to the ribs from Nong-O.
3) vs. Kiatpetch Suanaharnpeekmai
In this fight, Nong-O takes on the younger and bigger Kiatpetch Suanaharnpeekmai at the New Lumpinee Stadium on November 2014 for the prestigious Thailand Lightweight Title. Nong-O experienced difficulty early on with Kiatpetch’s reach advantage and kicks. In the third round, Nong-O decided to close the distance and the two started trading strikes in the pocket, with Nong-O getting the better of most of the exchanges. It was only a matter of time before the more experienced Nong-O would knockout his opponent. This time, with a devastating uppercut.
4) vs. Leonard Nganga
One of Nong-O’s favorite techniques to throw is the hook to the body. In this fight against Leonard Nganga in the Toyota Marathon Tournament, Nong-O proved why he has one of the most feared hands in the game. For the entire fight, Nong-O ravaged his Kenyan opponent with bone-shattering kicks and shots to the body, eventually cornering Nganga against the corner of the ring and finishing him off with a cringe-worthy left hook.
5) vs. Hamza Rashmani
Right from the moment the bell rang, Nong-O proved that Hamza Rashmani had no business being in the ring with him. The Iranian broke quickly under the pressure of Nong-O’s calculated aggression, being tossed around with sweeps and relentless combinations. In the second round, Nong-O continued his dominance, eventually knocking Rashmani out with a blindingly fast jab cross combination.
6) vs. Stephen Hodgers
In this fight, Nong-O once again outclassed yet another foreign opponent in the Toyota Marathon Tournament. This time, it was Ireland’s Stephen Hodgers. Nong-O made quick work of the much larger Hodgers, outsmarting him with a sweep before ending the fight with his signature switch kick to the body.
With so much power, precision and tenacity, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is undeniably one of the greatest and most exciting fighters to ever step foot in the Muay Thai ring. Soon, he will share his knowledge alongside other Muay Thai legends as part of Asia’s most decorated instructor team at Evolve MMA!