Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Han Zi Hao in an epic bout for the first Muay Thai Bantamweight World Title
ONE Championship Bantamweight Muay Thai Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will defend his world title on the biggest stage yet when he steps back into the circle on August 26th. Tonight, the action will make its debut on Amazon Prime Video, which airs prime time in the US.
There he meets 5th place contender Liam ‘Hitman’ Harrison, who earned his shot at the world title and a rare $100,000 performance bonus for his stunning comeback against Muangthai PK.Saenchai at ONE 156 in April.
Before looking ahead to his next world title defense, ONE Championship takes a look back at a classic Nong-O bout from 2019. Nong-O faced Chinese forward Han Zi Hao in the inaugural Muay Thai World Bantamweight Championship and delivered a methodical feat earned him a unanimous decision. The fight gave us a glimpse of the dominance he would bring to the circle, a supremacy that continues to this day.
“Before Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defends his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title against British superstar Liam Harrison at ONE 161, relive his incredible match with Chinese slugger Han Zi Hao!”
Watch Nong-O vs. Han below:
Since then, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao has successfully defended his Muay Thai title five times against Hiroaki Suzuki, Brice Delval, Saemapetch Fairtex, Rodlek PK.Saenchai and most recently Felipe Lobo. On August 26th, Nong-O will try to add Liam Harrison’s name to that list when the two face off in the ONE 161 co-main event.
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao admits he’s a big Liam Harrison fan
Speaking to ONE about his opponent for ONE 161, Nong-O admitted he’s a Liam Harrison fan and expects a grueling war with the British striker when the two clash in August:
“It may seem ridiculous to say that my favorite muay thai fighter and kickboxer is Liam Harrison, my next challenger. I’ve been following him for quite some time. i love his style His fights are always exciting and fun to watch. Also, he’s a good guy around. He doesn’t take advantage of his opponents.”
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao described the first time he met Harrison. The muay thai bantamweight king praised “Hitman” and stressed the mutual respect they have for each other:
“I met him for the first time in [ONE Elite Retreat] on Phuket. He came over to greet me. I didn’t know him then, so I introduced myself. I said, ‘My name is Nong-O.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I know you well!’ I was quite surprised that he recognized me. Since then, we always get into conversation when we meet at ONE [events]. I respect him so much.”