“The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort plans to put on an exciting yet cautious performance when he enters the ONE Championship ring this Friday, August 21.
Sangmanee takes on “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai in the semifinals of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament in the main event of ONE: No Surrender III in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sangmanee, one of the seven World Champions competing that night, promises to put on an entertaining bout without throwing caution to the wind.
“I need the audience to be entertained,” Sangmanee told ONEFC.com.
“Even in Thailand and foreign countries, people want to see a KO. I want the KO, but I can’t let my guard down because I would be knocked out instead.”
“The Million Dollar Baby” is aware that Kulabdam is not called “Left Meteorite” for nothing.
But Muay Thai is “the art of eight limbs,” and he plans to use his legs to counter Kulabdam’s punches.
“I will use my agility, flee from his attacks, and try my best to block his punches,” Sangmanee said.
“I believe that my kicks will be faster than his. I will use this, too.”
If he wins here, he will forge a date with Saemapetch Fairtex in the final, with the winner getting a shot at reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.
The goal for Sangmanee has always been to reach the pinnacle of ONE Super Series and he is now just three wins away.
“The belt itself is beautiful, and I saw when the other [athletes] wore it. There were applause and cheers [from the crowd],” Sangmanee said.
“I liked that moment and I want to reach that level, so I am trying to improve my skills to be there. I will improve to be my best and challenge the champion.”
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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