The fifth-ranked ONE strawweight contender, Danial Williams praised ONE Championship for opening the doors for Muay Thai fighters at the prestigious Lumpini Stadium.
Back in September 2022, CEO and founder Chatri Sityodtong announced a historic partnership with the Royal Thai Army to host 52 Muay Thai bouts at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Thailand.
On Friday, January 20, ONE Championship will launch its first weekly event, ONE Lumpinee 1, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov with the main event in Bangkok.
In light of the upcoming events, former two-time CMT bantamweight champion Danial Williams of Caged Muay Thai praised ONE’s progress in elevating the sport around the world – especially for athletes.
Speaking to ONE, the Australian power forward said:
“We fighters don’t have a lot of platforms. Muay Thai doesn’t have big goals. ONE started cage muay thai with little gloves on. Now, they have these shows every week at Lumpinee, where every muay thai fighter wants to fight.”
Before joining ONE Championship in April 2021, Danial Williams competed in kickboxing and muay thai competitions including Cage Muay Thai, World Muay Thai Council and World Kickboxing Federation.
Williams made his ONE Super Series debut against the Muay Thai superstar in just 32 fights Rodang Jitmuangnon On ONE of TNT 1. Despite losing to “Man of Steel,” Williams won over many fans with his gritty determination, despite the odds.
Williams has moved from Muay Thai to mixed martial arts, but he still plans to be a part of the sport. In previous interviews, “Mini-T” said he plans to fight for the Muay Thai World Championship in the promotion. And if he’s lucky, what could be cooler than fighting for the belt in his native Thailand?
Daniel Williams will do everything in his power to return to world title
Danial Williams is the type of fighter who won’t take no for an answer — in sport or in life.
Although the year ended with a TKO loss to Jeremy Miado in October, the 29-year-old stalwart is ready to get back on his feet and continue his strawweight gold medal run.
Part of his New Year’s resolution is to race as many games as possible this year and make his dream possible.
Williams told ONE:
“That would be a perfect scenario, but the other thing is to build it up by fighting, staying in the top five and competing against the best martial artists in the world, win or lose or draw, even if it’s the last fight. Success is the best thing that can happen to you. It’s just going up, never think you’re going to go down from here. Just keep growing.”