Vietnamese Muay Thai star to fight Japanese champ at ONE Championship Singapore

Muay Thaifighter Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat will participate in Asia’s top martial arts event,ONE Championship, in Singapore next month.

Nhat willface WMC (World Martial Arts Masterships Committee) Muay Thai champion YutaWatanabe of Japan on November 22 in a match billed ONE: Edge of Greatness.

Nhat iscurrently the top Muay Thai fighter in Vietnam. The 30-year-old from Lam DongProvince in the Central Highlands has been undefeated since the start of hisprofessional career, winning all the tournaments in the country.

Making his debut for the ONE Championship in Saigon last month atthe ONE Immortal Triumph Championship, the seven-time International Federationof Muay Thai Amateur champion defeatedMalaysia’s Azwan Che Wil.

The event in HCMC marked the first timeVietnam hosted a ONE event. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Tung was alsoscheduled to make his ONE Championship debut, but withdrew due to healthissues.

The comingmeeting with Watanabe will not be an easy one for Nhat.

The Japanesehas claimed multiple titles, claiming the MAJKF, J-Network, and WPMF SuperBantamweight Championships, and most recently added a WMC Muay Thai Open Titleto his collection.

Aside fromthe Nhat-Watanabe confrontation, the Edge of Greatness event will also see MuayThai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defend his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai WorldTitle against young phenom Saemapetch Fairtex, and Singaporean Amir Khan goingup against Malaysian-Kiwi Ev Ting.

ONEChampionship is the number one sports media property in the continent,broadcasting matches to over 2.6 billion potential viewers in 140 countries.

Forbes saidearlier this year that despite the UFC setting up offices in Asia years beforeONE Championship was founded, and making plans to open a Performance Institutein China this year, the Las-Vegas-based promotion hasn’t been able to establishthe same kind of footprint in the East that it has in the West.

Source: VN Express