The champion is back! After a long back-and-forth with the promotion, Jonathan Di Bella makes his much-anticipated return to defend his ONE Strawweight Kickboxing title against Danial Williams at ONE Fight Night 15 on October 6. The championship bout joins an already stacked card at the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.
Fans were worried about the future of the division with tensions between champion and promotion rising, but both seemed to have made amends to move forward together. Di Bella last competed in September of last year, notching the win from Chinese prospect Zhang Peimian in an incredible effort to win the inaugural title and extend his undefeated record to 11-0.
For his maiden title defense he takes on the scrappy all-round talent Danial Williams. Despite being a skilled fighter, the career trajectory of the Australian fighter has been a constant up and down since joining ONE. That's partly due to William's willingness to take short-notice fights above his weight class. His fights against Rodtang and Superlek were certainly spectacles, but out of his depth due to the difference in weight. After turning his attention to MMA, 'Mini-T' has gone 3-1 at Strawweight, finishing two of his opponents inside the distance.
Di Bella against Williams will be the third world title fight added to the card.
Fresh of his bone-shattering performance against Davit Kiria, Tawanchai will defend his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai title against former kickboxing champion Superbon, in an all-Thai super fight.
A more surprising addition is Jonathan Haggerty making his kickboxing debut against Fabricio Andrade for the vacant ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing title. Both are champions in their respective diciplines, but look to now conquer a second sport. Andrade is no stranger to the kickboxing ring, having made waves in Chinese promotions Kunlun Fight and Wu Lin Feng before making the full-time switch to MMA in 2019.
ONE FIGHT NIGHT 15
Tawanchai (c) vs. Superbon – ONE Featherweight Muay Thai Championship
Jonathan Haggerty vs. Fabricio Andrade – ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing Championship
Jonathan Di Bella (c) vs. Danial Williams – ONE Strawweight Kickboxing Championship
Danny Kingad vs. Hu Yong – Flyweight MMA
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Zhang Lipeng – Lightweight MMA