ONE: Big Bang II marks the return of Jonathan Haggerty as he takes on the surging Japanese Taiki Naito. These two elite Muay Thai warriors will headline the pre-recorded ONE: Big Bang II card this December 11 (Friday). The outcome of this pivotal match is essential in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight Division. Here is everything you need to know about Jonathan Haggerty vs Taiki Naito.
Jonathan “The General” Haggerty coming off a 2-fight losing streak
This fight marks Jonathan Haggerty’s first appearance since losing a rematch to Rodtang Jitmuangnon early this year in January. In the rematch, Haggerty lost via TKO as he was knocked down three times due to body punches. Haggerty won the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Title by decisively beating the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. However, he narrowly lost it in his first title defense against Rodtang. Now, coming off a 2-fight losing streak, he looks to rebound and make a major statement.
A defining win for “The General” would get him back a title contention, and a possible trilogy match with Rodtang, given that the current champion doesn’t lose his belt. If you are a fan of Jonathan Haggerty and occasionally views his social media stories, he looks more motivated, rejuvenated, and fresh. The former champion is hungry to claim his throne back.
Taiki “Silent Sniper” Naito is undefeated in the ONE Super Series
Taiki Naito last fought in February this year when he took on WBC Muay Thai Champion Savvas Michael, and he won via unanimous to claim his fourth win in ONE Super Series. Naito, a SHOOT BOXING champion, is undefeated so far in the promotion. Taiki Naito is also a former national champion before he turned pro. Haggerty is so far the highest-profile opponent for the Japanese, and much likely the biggest test of his career also.
It is also worth noting that Taiki Naito trains under the Bell Wood Fight Team. The most notable fighter that he trains with is Hiroaki Suzuki, the former ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title challenger.
Upsetting the former champion, Taiki Naito could stamp his case as being the new #1 contender. With this, he might also earn the right to a title shot against Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
Important Match for the ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight division
From being the division champion, Jonathan Haggerty now finds himself being the #3 ranked contender. Taiki Naito on the other hand is currently sitting outside the top five rankings. The outcome of this match is important for the division. A result, either way will likely shake up the divisions rankings.
A win for Haggerty, and depending on how he shows up in the fight, will propel himself into a title contention again. As for Naito, a victory would get him inside the top five rankings, and possibly knocking Haggerty out of it. This will give us a new look at the ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai division entering the new year 2021.
This fight is a dream matchup!
Full Card For ONE: BIG BANG II
Jonathan Haggerty vs. Taiki Naito (ONE Super Series Muay Thai – flyweight)
Nieky Holzken vs. Elliot Compton (ONE Super Series kickboxing – lightweight)
Tetsuya Yamada vs. Kim Jae Woong (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Errol Zimmerman vs. Rade Opacic (ONE Super Series kickboxing – heavyweight)
Agilan Thani vs. Tyler McGuire (mixed martial arts – welterweight)
Ali Motamed vs. Chen Rui (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)
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