Saemapetch Fairtex Weighs In On Nong-O Vs. Rodlek Headliner At ONE: COLLISION COURSE

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This Friday, ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament winner Rodlek PK. Saenchai Muaythaigym will go head-to-head for divisional supremacy at ONE: COLLISION COURSE in Singapore.

Top bantamweight Muay Thai contender Saemapetch Fairtex will be watching the bout very closely – and he knows both athletes all too well.

The Fairtex athlete defeated Rodlek in the tournament semifinals this past August, scoring a tight majority decision win over his hard-hitting compatriot.

However, Saemapetch injured himself in the bout and was forced to withdraw from the tournament, giving Rodlek a chance at redemption against “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai.

Rodlek ultimately beat Kulabdam in the final, which set up his World Title bout with Nong-O. It was a tough blow for Saemapetch, who was hoping for another shot at the Thai icon after losing to him in November 2019.

“Nong-O has mastery level (striking), good with both his fists and IQ. If he can see an opening in his opponent, he will attack immediately, repeat, and nail it right there. That moment is like a golden opportunity for him,” Saemapetch said.

“Before I fought with my big bro, Nong-O, I believed I had the advantage with my age, but it turns out I was wrong. His stamina never ran out and all of his skills were superior to mine.

“I won’t leave any advice for him when he has to face Rodlek because I think he is already perfect in every aspect.”

Meanwhile, Saemapetch believes it’s a different story for Rodlek. He thinks the challenger will have to work harder and faster to have a chance at beating the longtime titleholder.

“Rodlek is strong, tough, and he never stops moving or using his footwork,” Saemapetch said.

“But those things will still not be enough when he fights Nong-O. He has to throw out his attacks faster and attack in combinations so he can stand a chance with World Champion.”

With that said, the Fairtex representative isn’t picking a definitive winner. He knows that surprises can and do happen in Muay Thai – especially in ONE Super Series.

“The first one who makes a mistake will go down, especially since they’re fighting with ONE’s MMA gloves. Anything can happen, like with the matchup between Sangmanee and Kulabdam. Muay Thai fans might see an upset from Rodlek,” Saemapetch said.

“Since I was defeated by Nong-O but I beat Rodlek, many people might think that I would pick Nong-O as the winner for sure. But anything can happen in fighting, so who knows – maybe Nong-O will be vulnerable against Rodlek.”

Watch Nong-O and Rodlek fight for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title this Friday, 18 December, at ONE: COLLISION COURSE by tuning in to meWATCH or the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT).

Singaporean fans can also watch the event live by purchasing tickets from ticketmaster.sg.

Also, Channel 5 will cut into the broadcast at 10 p.m. SGT.

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