Jonathan Haggerty has made history. The British superstar became the first-ever two-weight Muay Thai world champion in ONE Championship. He defeated the legendary Nong-O Gaiyanghadao via first round knockout at ONE FIGHT NIGHT 9.
The former Flyweight Muay Thai king stepped up to Bantamweight last year. Given Nong-O’s resume, many people wrote-off Haggerty’s chances in this bout.
There was tension in the build up, as Haggerty made statements in his pre-event interviews. In one interview, he said “Nong-O’s ‘0’ is gonna go”.
The British Muay Thai athlete held his word, though. Haggerty came out swinging, landing some huge punch combinations which wobbled the Bantamweight Muay Thai champion.
After receiving an 8-count from referee Olivier Coste, Nong-O was allowed to continue. But the damage was done and Haggerty put Nong-O to sleep with just 30-seconds left in the first round.
The win also earned Jonathan Haggerty a staggering $100,000 bonus from Chatri Sityodtong.
Interstingly, earlier in the week, Jonathan Haggerty told ONEFC.com what his future plans were.
“I feel like Liam Harrison didn’t get a fair shot because of his leg injury. So once I beat Nong-O, let’s give him a real opportunity at Wembley Stadium.”
Liam Harrison later responded;
“He’s called me out a few times. You probably see a worn old dog who’s had his day. But trust me, there’s still enough life in this old wolf to punch a whole straight through you.”