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Kulabdam targets KO in Clash with Sangmanee come ONE: No Surrender III

There is a reason why Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai owns the nickname “Left Meteorite,” and he plans to show why in the semifinals of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament.

Kulabdam battles “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort in the main event of ONE: No Surrender III this Friday, August 21, in Bangkok, Thailand, where he will use his dangerous strategy to attempt a KO win.

“[My style] is an aggressive style,” Kulabdam told ONEFC.com. “I walk at them, I kick their legs, and I punch them. My style is quite risky.

“I am confident in the power of my punches. If I hit him, it will be enough for sure.”

But finishing “The Million Dollar Baby” will be easier said than done.

Kulabdam, who will compete at ONE: NO SURRENDER III alongside six other World Champions, is aware of Sangmanee’s capabilities and he expects nothing but the best version of his compatriot come event night.

“Brother Sangmanee has a skillful fighting style with a high IQ,” Kulabdam said.

“The scariest tactics of Sangmanee are his left foot and his elbows. They are very scary. I do feel somewhat worried, but I am happy to fight someone of his caliber.”

If he beats Sangmanee, awaiting him is Saemapetch Fairtex in a match that will determine the next challenger for reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.

“The goal I set for myself in ONE Championship is to become the champion,” Kulabdam said.

For that goal to materialize, it will certainly take a strong showing from the two-time Lumpinee World Champion on Friday.

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“If I win this fight and beat brother Sangmanee, then I will have a bright future ahead of me,” he said.

“Maybe I will even be able to compete for the championship.”

Watch ONE: NO SURRENDER III this Friday, August 21, as ONE Championship rolls out its third event since its resumption. 

Watch the event live on One Sports, One Sports+, or the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT). Also, TV5 will air the event on a next-day delay at 11 p.m. PHT.

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