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5 greatest ONE Championship Super Series champions

ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon is one of the most famous ONE Super Series champions today. (Image courtesy of ONE Championship)
ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon is one of the most famous ONE Super Series champions today. (Image courtesy of ONE Championship)

ONE Championship Super Series has effectively changed the landscape of global martial arts. Ever since its inception in 2018, ONE Super Series has become the home of the greatest strikers in the world.

From Muay Thai legends to kickboxing icons, the all-striking leg of ONE Championship has built quite the roster of world-class talent. When you put great fighters against each other, you'll get the highest level of sophisticated striking on the planet.

Just look at the beautiful highlights of this ONE Championship Super Series fight between Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Azwan Che Wil:

With its roster filled with fighters with records going upwards of 300 fights, the caliber of champions in ONE Super Series is legendary. Staying on top of the mountain while such dangerous adversaries try to take your spot is a task reserved for the few. Today we list 5 of the greatest champions in ONE Super Series.


#5. Regian Eersel - ONE Championship lightweight kickboxing champion

Fresh off his win over Islam Murtazaev at ONE: Winter Warriors, ONE Championship lightweight kickboxing king Regian 'The Immortal' Eersel looks to have a tight grip on the throne.

The Surinamese-Dutch technician has been undefeated in his run at ONE Super Series, winning the belt in just his third fight. Eersel broke into ONE championship with two straight dominant wins before dismantling Dutch kickboxing legend Nieky 'The Natural' Holzken to win gold.

'The Immortal' then beat Holzken again in a rematch followed by the absolute destruction of No.2-ranked Mustapha 'Dynamite' Haida.

Eersel uses his length and lethal combinations to methodically decimate his opponents. 'The Immortal' can be compared to a long-distance marathoner. He doesn't go for sudden knockouts or aggressively swarm his opponents. Instead, Eersel increases the pressure as the match goes on, almost cunningly drowning his opponents without them knowing it.

#4. Stamp Fairtex - ONE Championship kickboxing and Muay Thai champion

Speaking of the recently concluded Winter Warriors, the co-main event winner and now ONE Championship atomweight Grand Prix winner Stamp Fairtex is a rarity in any sport.

Stamp made a historic start in ONE Championship by winning both the atomweight kickboxing and Muay Thai titles in her first two bouts.

Once the bell rings, the colorful persona leaves the buildingand an absolute killer appears. Stamp, despite her jovial personality outside the ring, looks like a world-beater inside it. Her classic Muay Thai style and textbook striking technique are coupled with blitzing pace and concussive power.

The Fairtex gym standout can blast her opponents with debilitating kicks out of nowhere, even without a set-up. Inside the clinch, Stamp can land four to five knees before her opponents can even react.

Now that Stamp has successfully transitioned to MMA, her ultimate goal is to make history by becoming a tri-sport ONE world champion. Something tells us that she might accomplish this very soon.

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#3. Ilias Ennahachi - ONE Championship flyweight kickboxing champion

ONE Championship flyweight kickboxing champion Ilias Ennahachi might be the baddest man you've never heard of.

The Dutch-Moroccan's aggression, speed and insanely high output rate are almost impossible to deal with. Ennahachi just never stops throwing once he finds his opening.

Owner of one of the best footwork in the game, Ennhachi can also slide in and out of his opponent's range like butter. Once he finds his range, however, the ONE kickboxing champion almost always connects with highlight-reel combinations.

Ennahachi burst through the gates by making the best ONE Championship debut of 2019 with his absolute decimation of then champion Petchdam. Ennahachi used crafty angles and overwhelming combinations to take the soul of the champion inside three rounds.

Watch his spectacular ONE Championship debut below:

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#2. Rodtang Jitmuangnon - ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai champion

Watching ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang 'The Iron Man' Jitmuangnon go to work is like witnessing a tank flatten cars on the road. The frightening buzzsaw from Thailand operates at a very high-pace and has a highly aggressive brawling style.

The Jitmuangnon standout loves to push forward and strike with power almost every time. Owner of one of the toughest chins in ONE Championship Super Series, Rodtang is the Muay Thai equivalent of boxing legend Jake 'The Raging Bull' LaMotta.

The Thai star has no problem getting hit multiple times just so he can get in range to land his fight-ending combinations.

Rodtang, considered one of the best pound-for-pound Muay Thai fighters today, has gained worldwide recognition just by his crowd-pleasing style. He got so big beyond the sport that he will crossover to MMA and fight Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson in ONE Championship's first-ever mixed rules match.


#1. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao - ONE Championship bantamweight Muay Thai champion

When you talk about legends of the sport still active today, one of the athletes that comes to mind is Nong-O Gaiyanghadao. The reigning ONE Championship bantamweight Muay Thai king is right up there with greats like Saenchai, Lerdsila and Buakaw.

The Sakon Nakhon native is a seven-division Muay Thai champion. In his decorated career, Nong-O has won two Thailand national titles, three Lumpinee Stadium titles, one Rajadamnern Stadium title and a ONE Championship title.

Nong-O's fight IQ is head-and-shoulders above the competition as he seems to see his opponents' move even before they think it. Together with his ring intelligence is the pound-for-pound great's surgical precision and devastating power.

Comfortable in both counterstriking and stalking his opponents, Nong-O's Muay Thai style is all-encompassing. Like the great 'Sugar' Ray Robinson, the ONE Championship king has no real weakness.

Watch this analysis video by YouTube channel Lawrence Kenshin to fully appreciate the legend of Nong-O:

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