The main event for ONE’s first U.S. primetime show of 2024 has been confirmed, as “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9 will defend his ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title against Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi at ONE Fight Night 18: Superlek vs. Mahmoudi on Prime Video. The event will take place on January 12 and will air live from Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Superlek has been having an impressive year, with an overall promotional record of 12-1. He has put together a 10-fight winning streak and narrowly defeated ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a 2023 Fight of the Year candidate this past September. Now, he is returning to defend his kickboxing throne against Mahmoudi.
On the other hand, Mahmoudi came close to winning the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title against Petchdam Petchyindee back in 2019 and has consistently put on good performances against the flyweight elite. With his dominant first-round stoppage of Edgar Tabares this past August, the 25-year-old showed that he was ready for another shot at the title.
The matchup between Superlek and Mahmoudi promises to be a thrilling clash, pitting Superlek’s flawless technique and recent knockout form against Mahmoudi’s relentless pressure and unorthodox repertoire. Both fighters are capable of highlight-reel finishes, and fans can expect an epic battle for the flyweight Muay Thai strap when they clash in U.S. primetime on January 12. More huge matchups will be added to the ONE Fight Night 18 lineup, so fans are encouraged to stay tuned to onefc.com for all the updates.