“You’re going to see big guys and small guys. You’re going to see some really wacky stuff.”
That was ONE Championship’s Chairman/CEO Chatri Sidyodtong at the ONE Fight Night 6 press conference on Wednesday as he announced the promotion’s open-weight Muay Thai Grand Prix. And it looks like he’s not wrong.
The line-up has not yet been made official, but on top of names mentioned by Sidyodtong – that being flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, featherweight kickboxing champion Superbon Singha Mawynn, Bantamweight Muay Thai contender Jonathan Haggerty, and former title challenger Liam Harrison – is former UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem, who has signaled his interest in competing for the $1 million championship purse according to the South China Morning Post.
Overeem, fondly referred to as the ‘Demolition Man’, formerly held both the Dream kickboxing championship, as well as the K-1 World GP title in the heavyweight division. He stands at 6’4″ tall and weighs over 250 pounds, towering over the aforementioned Rodtang, who stands just 5’6″.
‘Wacky stuff’ indeed seems like it’s on the horizon.
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The morning view
Featherweight prospect Isaac Dulgarian makes his pick for Makhachev vs Volkanovski:
Dan Hardy breaks down this weekend’s UFC main event:
What is it with Volk and playing with fire:
The worst crowd reactions in MMA’s history:
- Carlston Harris to fight Ramiz Brahimaj at UFC Vegas 69 on February 18th (per Carlston Harris on IG)
- Veronica Macedo to fight Juliana Miller at UFC 286 on March 18th (per Juliana Miller)
- Alex Caceres to fight Nate Landwehr at UFC San Antonio on March 25th (per The Breakers on IG)
- Jordan Wright to fight Zac Pauga at UFC event on February 18th (per Nolan King)
- Chris Duncan to fight Michal Figlak at UFC 286 on March 18th (per Combat Sports UK)
- Gunnar Nelson to fight Daniel Rodriguez at UFC 286 on March 18th (per Daniel Rodriguez IG)
- Kelvin Gastelum to be replaced by Sean Strickland opposite Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Vegas 67 (per Brett Okamoto)
- Da Un Jung to fight Devin Clark at UFC Vegas 69 on February 4th (per Cole Shelton)
- Lerone Murphey to fight Nathaniel Wood at UFC 286 on March 18th (per UFC)
- Guram Kutateladze to be replaced by Melquizael Costa opposite Thiago Moises at UFC 283 on January 21st (per Guilherme Cruz)
- Nurullo Aliev to fight Rafael Alves at UFC Vegas 70 on February 25th (per Nolan King)
UFC Roster Watch
Fighters removed this week:
- Mike Jackson
- Leah Letson
Fighters Added this week:
- Nick Aguirre
- Claudio Ribeiro
- Mateusz Rebecki
- Mateus Mendonca
- Jimmy Flick
- Francisco Prado
- Melquizael Costa
Credit to UFC Roster Watch
On this day in MMA…
On the 13th of January, 2018, Loma Lookboonme made and won her debut as a professional mixed martial artist at Invicta 27 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Loma, The former Muay Thai practitioner of over 200 fights, took on Melissa Wang, 1-0, defeating her opponent via unanimous decision across three rounds.
It was the following year, in 2019, that Loma would go on to make her debut in the UFC, becoming the first Thai-born fighter to do so in the process.
Now 26, Loma has amassed a 4-2 record in the promotion (7-3 overall), only dropping decision losses to a higher echelon of competition in the strawweight division. She’s currently set to face Elise Reed at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia on February 14.