Aussie Muay Thai star Tyson ‘John Wayne Noi’ taking on former world champion in epic ONE main event


Australia’s rising Muay Thai star Tyson ‘John Wayne Noi’ Harrison has landed another massive opportunity.

Harrison and his opponent Pongsiri PK Saenchai have been elevated to the main event slot of ONE Friday Fights 18 this Friday, May 26.

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The bantamweight Muay Thai battle between the pair will headline the eighteenth instalment of ONE’s weekly series at the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Harrison has made a huge impression since joining ONE Championship earlier this year.

The Thailand-based Queenslander earned his first win on the global stage in emphatic fashion in March, when he knocked out two-time former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Rambo Mor Rattanabandit in the dying seconds of what was an all-out war through almost three rounds.

Tyson ‘John Wayne Noi’ Harrison celebrates his victory against Rambo Mor Rattanabandit. Credit: ONE Championship

Harrison’s signature victory followed his epic debut in January, another wild showdown in which the 22-year-old dropped former four-time Muay Thai World Champion Seksan Or Kwanmuang in the second round only to come up agonisingly short when the razor-thin split decision was announced.

In Pongsiri PK Saenchai, the Corporate Box Valley representative will face another decorated Thai veteran.

Pongsiri has a staggering 205 professional fights to his name against some of the very best the sport has to offer.

Among the accolades the 32-year-old has accrued throughout his storied career are four Muay Thai World Titles and, importantly, two prestigious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Championships.

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A staple of ONE’s bantamweight Muay Thai division since 2020, Pongsiri unsuccessfully challenged then-ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee on debut that same year.

Since then, the Thai superstar has gone 2-2 under the ONE banner, scoring wins over Sean Clancy and, most recently, Ferzan Cicek at ONE Friday Fights 2 in January.

The rest of the card is stacked with a mix of Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts contests, highlighted by teenage prodigy and ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Smilla Sundell, who is venturing over to the kickboxing ranks to take on Milana Bjelogrlic.

Tyson ‘John Wayne Noi’ Harrison in action Rambo Mor Rattanabandit. Credit: ONE Championship

ONE Friday Fights 18 Full Fight Card

Bantamweight Muay Thai: Tyson Harrison vs. Pongsiri PK Saenchai

Catchweight (132lb) Muay Thai: Samingdam Chor Ajalabon vs. Mahamongkol Move on Chiangmai

Strawweight Muay Thai: Teeyai PK Saenchai vs. Saklek Kiatsongrit

Bantamweight Muay Thai: Sansiri Pet Por.Tor.Or vs. Rit Keawsamrit

Catchweight (129lb) Muay Thai: Chatanan Sor Jor Joyprajin vs. Suphachailek Nengsubyai

Catchweight (116lb) Muay Thai: Petnumkhum Phundakrataburi vs. Petkritsada CMA Academy

Featherweight Kickboxing: Mohammed Boutasaa vs. Mohammed Siasarani

Lightweight Muay Thai: Chanajon PK Saenchai vs. Mohammed Hanoun

Catchweight (128lb) Kickboxing: Smilla Sundell vs. Milana Bjelogrlic

Flyweight Muay Thai: Johan Ghazali vs. Tai Sor Jor Piek Uthai

Flyweight MMA: Manthan Rane vs. Andrey Chelbaev

Lightweight MMA: Ali Kabdulla vs. Richard Godoy

How to watch

Aussie Tyson Harrison headlines ONE Friday Fights 18 with a huge clash against Thailand’s Pongsiri in the Bantamweight Muay Thai weight division.

The 22-year-old Queenslander appears in his third Friday Fights card after a stunning knockout on Rambo Mor Rattanabandit in ONE Friday Fights 11 in March.

The action gets underway at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand live on 7plus from 10:30pm AEST on Friday night.

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