Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex will make his eagerly awaited return to action when he headlines ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS on 7 December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Yodsanklai will be taking on Australian Luis Regis in a Muay Thai featherweight bout that should have fans inside the Axiata Arena on the edge of their seats.
The Thai superstar’s last appearance was back in May at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS. Yodsanklai’s clash with Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi, was one of the standout matches of the night with the 33-year-old leaving a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness his promotional debut.
Yodsanklai, a three-time Lumpinee Stadium World Champion, and two- time Lion Fight World Champion showcased his skill set throughout the course of the bout and earned himself a comfortable unanimous decision victory.
After such an impressive display it seemed only natural that ONE Championship would offer “The Hero” an even bigger stage to perform on.
“I’m very honoured that ONE has given me this opportunity to headline an event. It’s very exciting for me,” Yodsanklai said in a recent interview with ONEFC.com
Fans can expect to see an improved Yodsanklai entering the cage in Kuala Lumpur due to the fact that when he competed against Ngimbi he was still shaking off lingering injuries.
“I haven’t faced any injuries in quite a while now,
“I don’t feel like I’m 100 per cent yet because I haven’t been fighting regularly enough, but it’s quickly getting there.”
A veteran with more than 270 bouts to his name Yodsanklai knows his body better than anyone. So confirmation that he is nearing peak fitness must surely get alarm bells ringing inside the gyms of his ONE Super Series peers.
However, it would be unwise for anyone to consider his upcoming bout with Regis a mere formality. Regis’s trophy cabinet may not be as full as Yodsanklai’s, but the WORLD FIGHT ORGANISATION Muay Thai World Champion will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against one of the world’s best.
“He is big and tall. He has good elbows, knees, and kicks, ”Yodsanklai said.
The Thai is predicting a stoppage victory, but regardless of how the matchup plays out, fans are in for a memorable encounter.
It seems only fitting that the final ONE bout of the year will be a Super Series clash. The world’s largest martial arts promotion has made enormous strides in 2018.
The introduction of the ONE Super Series in May plus the recent signings of Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson have generated a buzz around the Singapore based promotion that is being felt around the world.
Yodsanklai and Regis will no doubt want to send fans off on a high note, and while it may still be a little early for New Year celebrations, if you’re in the vicinity of the Axiata Arena on 7 Dec, expect to see fireworks.