ONE Championship: NextGen 2 Preview

Saemapetch Fairtex throws left hand to the shelled up body of Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai.
Saemapetch Fairtex will headline “NextGen 2” against Rittewada Petchyindee Academy (ONE Championship)

In the first of two pre-recorded “NextGen” events that ONE Championship is set to air this month, the Singapore-based MMA promotion will present a variety of MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

In the main event of Friday’s card, ONE veteran Saemapetch Fairtex will fight promotional newcomer Rittewada Petchyindee under Muay Thai rules.

Here’s a full preview of the show, which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Main Card (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)

Bout 1: Han Zi Hao vs. Victor Pinto (145 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Victor Pinto will make his return to ONE Championship when facing Han Zi Hao under Muay Thai rules in the first bout of the card.

Pinto has been out of action for a year. His two previous fights in ONE have come under their kickboxing rules, where he lost to Adam Noi and Mehdi Zatout in 2020.

Hao has won two consecutive bouts under Muay Thai. He most recently beat the aforementioned Hoi via decision early this year.

Bout 2: Agilan Thani (10-5) vs. Hiroyuki Tetsuka (9-4) (190 lbs) (MMA Bout)

In the first of two MMA bouts on Friday’s lineup, Agilan Thani will meet Hiroyuki Tetsuka at a catchweight of 190 pounds.

Both fighters are fighting to bounce back from a recent loss.

Tetsuka has fought twice in the ONE Championship cage, producing a win and a loss. His last bout was in November 2020, where undefeated Murad Ramazanov beat him via unanimous decision.

Thani, a veteran of ONE, lost his last fight in late 2020 to Tyler McGuire.

Bout 3: Smokin’ Jo Nattawut vs. Yurik Davtyan (155 lbs) (ONE Kickboxing Grand Prix Alternate Bout)

Kickboxers Smokin’ Jo Nattawut and Yurik Davtyan will end their absences from the cage when fighting in the third slot on the card. As is the case with the other kickboxing fight that will follow it, the winner will become an official alternate in the ongoing tournament that the promotion is hosting.

Nattawut, who presumably takes his in-ring alias from famous heavyweight boxer “Smokin'” Joe Frazier, will be fighting for the first time since 2019. He was an active fighter in his first year for ONE, putting together two wins and one loss.

His loss came against notable kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan, who stopped him within a round in August 2019.

Davtyan won his promotional debut last year, scoring a second-round stoppage victory over Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy.

Bout 4: Zhang Chunyu vs. Dovydas Rimkus (155 lbs) (ONE Kickboxing Grand Prix Alternate Bout)

Kickboxer Dovydas Rimkus will get his first shot in the ONE cage when facing Zhang Chunyu on Friday.

There is little information online about Rimkus, although there is footage of him competing in the Lithuanian kickboxing promotion King of Kings. He has a surprisingly large following online, as his Instagram has just under 80,000 followers, and his TikTok has over 30,000 followers.

Zhang will attempt to break a two-fight losing streak. The former Kunlun Fight and K-1 Japan kickboxer has dropped his first two bouts in ONE Championship, including a loss late last year to Andy Souwer.

Bout 5: Tang Kai (12-2) vs. Yoon Chang Min (5-1) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Rising lightweights Tang Kai and Yoon Chang Min are expected to meet in the co-main event of Friday’s show.

Tang has gone undefeated since joining the promotion in early 2019. He earned his fourth consecutive victory for them earlier this year, scoring a first-round stoppage win against Ryogo Takahashi.

Yoon’s entire six-fight career has taken place in ONE Championship. He bounced back from his sole pro loss just a few months back, securing a first-round submission victory over Ma Jia Wen.

Bout 6: Saemapetch Fairtex vs. Rittewada Petchyindee (145 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)

Muay Thai veterans Saemapetch Fairtex and Rittewada Petchyindee Academy will headline Friday’s event.

Rittewada (also known as Littewada Sitthikul) is fighting in ONE Championship for the first time. He has been active on the Muay Thai scene since 2008, competing in notable venues like Lumpinee Stadium, Rajadamnern Stadium and Channel 7 Stadium.

Saemapetch will look to pick up his third consecutive win in the promotion. He has picked up two wins since losing a title shot in 2019, having defeated Rodlek P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym last year and Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai just six months back.

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