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ONE: ‘Kingdom of Champions’ preview (Pt. 1)

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ONE: “Kingdom of Champions” is set for the Impact Arena in Bangkok this Friday night (May 27, 2016) and will be the first time that Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has held an event in Thailand.

Fortunately for ONE Championship there are already plenty of local fighters on the roster including reigning strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and all eyes will be on the Thai as he defends his belt against Yoshitaka Naito.

There is also a featherweight title fight with Marat Gafurov defending his strap against Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota making this one of the best ONE Championship cards of the year. Here’s my preview of the first half of the card, weights listed are the fighter’s walking weights.

125 lbs.: Kev Hemmorlor vs Kritsada Konsrichai

This pits two veterans of top Thai promotion Full Metal Dojo together. Kritsada Konsrichai (3-2) won the organization’s bantamweight title but has subsequently dropped down to divisions and will be fighting for ONE Championship as a strawweight.

Kev Hemmorlor (0-1) was submitted in the opening round of his Full Metal Dojo (FMD) fight and will have his work cut out against an opponent who is a seasoned wrestler and trains under Bangkok based Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Tommy Hayden. Konsrichai a strong favorite here.

125 lbs.: Pongsiri Mitsatit vs Ye Thway Ne

Thailand already has one strawweight ONE champion and several more contenders are waiting in the wings. Leading the way is Pongsiri Mitsatit (6-0) who is a veteran of 100-plus Muay Thai fights and has been training MMA at Team Quest in Chiang Mai for several years.

He might not have quite the same Muay Thai credentials as Dejdamrong but at just 19 years of age Mitsatit has a head start on the reigning ONE strawweight champion. His opponent Ye Thway ….View full article

Source:: mma mania