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ONE Championship's Best Individual Performances Through First Quadrimestre Of 2019

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198   //    24 May 2019, 14:39 IST

#3 Jonathan Haggerty Defeats Sam-A Gaiyanghadao at ONE: FOR HONOR


Haggerty pulled the upset and took Sam-A's ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship
Haggerty pulled the upset and took Sam-A's ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship

Almost no one gave young Jonathan Haggerty a chance to defeat Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, but that's what he did at ONE: FOR HONOR.

In one of the most improbable and entertaining martial arts bouts of the year, Haggerty pulled the upset and took Sam-A's ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship.

The match was a back-and-forth affair, but Haggerty made it known early that he would be a problem for Sam-A.

He showed no signs of nerves or inexperience, despite giving up years and a plethora of bouts to the champion.

Haggerty stood his ground early and commanded the center of the ring. His counter elbows, knees, and a consistent jab helped to earn him some early respect.

By the middle of the bout, Haggerty's strength in the clinch and signature lead elbow over the top had weakened Sam-A.

At the close of what turned out to be an instant classic, Haggerty had dethroned the champion and positioned himself as the hunted in the division.

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