In only his second bout with ONE Championship, Jonathan Haggerty defeated Sam-A Gaiyanghadao to win the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world title. The battle took place during the main event of ONE: For Honor, which took place in May of 2019.
On their Instagram account, ONE Championship shared a series of highlights from this battle that is considered to be a classic of all time. The description read:
“Before Jonathan Haggerty, the reigning champion of two sports, defends his bantamweight Muay Thai strap against Felipe Lobo on February 16, relive his epic victory over the legendary Sam-A! 👑”
During the five-round world title headliner, both stars matched each other’s attacks, which resulted in an exciting and elite-level struggle that captivated the crowd inside the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. The fight was a world title fight.
Nevertheless, the two knockdowns that ‘The General’ scored against Sam-A in the third and fifth rounds were the key to Haggerty’s victory against the Thai legend, which ultimately resulted in him being granted the victory by unanimous decision and becoming the new king of the division.
Several users of the site, including @00_yamaneko_00, @the_loudcollector, @borja_lio, @erwintjg, @jenner_jr, @bruno0, and @shen.coach, commented on the performance, expressing their admiration for Haggerty and Sam-A. Fans were unable to contain their enthusiasm and complimented them for their performance.
Jonathan Haggerty to defend ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title at ONE Fight Night 19
Haggerty is currently without a doubt one of the best strikers in the world, as evidenced by the fact that he holds world titles in both kickboxing and Muay Thai at the bantamweight division in ONE Championship.
In preparation for his first defense of the bantamweight Muay Thai throne, “The General” is now getting ready to face Felipe Lobo, who is ranked third among divisional contenders. This bout is scheduled to take place on February 16 at ONE bout Night 19.
Both of these Muay Thai superstars have the same goal: to turn their rivalry into an exciting bout that will captivate the audience at the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand that is located in Thailand. When Lobo met Haggerty in November 2023, as a result of Haggerty knocking out Lobo’s colleague Fabricio Andrade at ONE Fight Night 16, the two individuals began to compete against each other, which led to the development of a rivalry between them.
All Prime Video customers in North America get access to ONE Fight Night 19, which is broadcast live and is completely free of charge.