The fifth-ranked ONE strawweight contender, Danial Williams praised ONE Championship for opening its doors for Muay Thai fighters at the famed Lumpinee Stadium.
Back in September 2022, CEO and founder Chatri Sityodtong announced a historic partnership with the Royal Thai Army to hold 52 Muay Thai events at Thailand's Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.
On Friday, January 20, ONE Championship will launch its first weekly event, ONE Lumpinee 1, with Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov headlining the main card in Bangkok.
In light of the upcoming event, Danial Williams, a former two-time CMT bantamweight champion at Caged Muay Thai, praised ONE for the progress they’ve made in elevating the sport across the world - especially for its athletes.
Speaking to ONE, the Aussie power-striker said:
“There’s not much platform for us fighters. There was no big goal for Muay Thai. ONE started caged Muay Thai fights in small gloves. Now, they’ve got these weekly shows at Lumpinee, and every Muay Thai fighter wants to fight at Lumpinee.”
Danial Williams used to compete in kickboxing and Muay Thai competitions such as Caged Muay Thai, World Muaythai Council, and the World Kickboxing Federation, before he joined ONE Championship back in April 2021.
With only 32 bouts to his credit, Williams made his ONE Super Series debut against Muay Thai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE on TNT 1. Despite losing to ‘The Iron Man,’ Williams won a lot of fans with his gritty resolve to win the fight despite the odds.
Williams has since transitioned from Muay Thai to compete in MMA, but he still plans on being a part of the sport. In a prior interview, ‘Mini-T’ said he’s planning to fight for the Muay Thai world title under the promotion. If he’s lucky, what could be cooler than fighting in his native country of Thailand, to fight for his belt?
Danial Williams will fight to the teeth to get back into the world title picture
Danial Williams is the type of fighter that won’t take no for an answer - in sports and in life.
Despite closing out the year with a TKO loss to Jeremy Miado back in October, the 29-year-old stalwart is ready to get back onto his feet and continue his trek to strawweight gold.
Part of his new years’ resolution is to get as many competitive fights as he can this year, to make his dream possible.
Williams told ONE:
“That would be a perfect scenario, but another thing is getting the fights to set that up, to stay in the top five, and compete against the best martial artists in the worldWin, lose, or draw, even the last fight, make it the best thing to ever happen to you. It’s only upwards, never think you’re going down from here. Just continued growth.”