ONE Championship announced Saturday that they will hold their first event in over two months on July 30th, presenting a six-bout card titled “Battleground.”
The Singapore-based promotion has been on hiatus since May, when they had to postpone an all-women’s MMA card called “Empower” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ONE Championship was able to air two pre-taped cards after then which were titled “Full Blast.” Their last broadcast was on June 11th.
The card later this month is set to be headlined by Muay Thai champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and promotional newcomer Prajanchai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym.
Sam-A has been ONE Championship’s 125-pound Muay Thai champ for over a year now, having defended the belt twice since earning it in 2019.
He last competed in October of 2020, where he scored three knockdowns to defeat Josh Tonna.
Prajanchai is making his ONE Championship debut in the fight. The experienced 26-year-old has competed frequently in Thailand for over a decade. It was announced just last month that he had signed with the promotion.
Former Champ La N Sang Returns Against Ataides
Former two-division champion Aung La N Sang will make his return on the card, facing Leandro Ataides in the co-main event.
La N Sang lost both of his belts in a two-fight series against Reinier de Ridder over the past year. Before then, he had a seven-fight winning streak in ONE that dated back to 2017.
Ataides will be making his return to ONE Championship after over a year outside of the cage. He last fought in early 2020, losing to de Ridder via decision.
Notable Names Sitthichai, Phogat and Lee To Compete
Many other notable names in ONE Championship are set to appear on the card.
Attempting to bounce back from her sole pro loss, Ritu Phogat has been paired against Lin Heqin.
Competing in ONE Championship for the second time, former GLORY Kickboxing Champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong will take on Tayfun Ozcan in a kickboxing fight.
Coming back after a successful pro debut earlier this year, Victoria Lee will open the card against Wang Lu Ping.
ONE Championship’s website shows that they plan on broadcasting two more cards in the “Battleground” series on August 13th and 27th as well. The lineups, or whether these cards will air live or pre-taped, are not known currently.
The location for the event has not been revealed by ONE Championship yet. ONE Championship has worked in partnership with the Singapore government to put together events from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in recent months.
Here’s the lineup:
Bout 6: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs. Prajanchai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (125 lbs) (ONE Muay Thai Strawweight Championship)
Bout 5: Aung La N Sang (26-12) vs. Leandro Ataides (11-4) (205 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Tayfun Ozcan (155 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 3: Ritu Phogat (4-1) vs. Lin Heqin (14-2-1) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Chen Rui (9-2) vs. Jeremy Pacatiw (10-4) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Victoria Lee (1-0) vs. Wang Luping (3-2) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)