Japanese striking standout Momotaro will go head-to-head with former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title contender Walter Goncalves in what’s expected to be a ferocious clash between a calculated striker and an aggressive heavy-hitter.
The two men will throw down at ONE Championship’s final event of the year, the previously recorded ONE: COLLISION COURSE II, which airs this Friday, 25 December.
Momotaro, measuring 12 centimeters taller than his rival, will no doubt use his reach to pop shots at the heavy-handed Brazilian from the outside, and he’ll do so by using his unique style that’s honed from both karate and Muay Thai.
Ahead of the bout, Momotaro was grateful to have his team behind him and many fans in his corner.
“Thank you so much for your support,” he said.
Goncalves, meanwhile, will most likely take the action to his Japanese opponent and not let off the gas from the opening bell.
He loves to trade leather in the heat of battle, as witnessed during his clash with ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.
The Brazilian, keeping it short and simple, reminded fans nearly a month ago that he’d been preparing for this showdown – and you could see his aggressive style while working the pads.
“Training hard to fight soon,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
If Momotaro can keep the bout on the outside, he might very well secure the victory and get closer to a top-five ranking in 2021.
But he’ll have to get past Goncalves’ furious style – a style that could allow the Brazilian to steal the win and a future shot at one of the division’s top athletes.
No matter who wins, martial arts fans can expect an absolute war when these fighters step into the Circle on Christmas Day.
Catch Momotaro vs. Goncalves at the previously recorded ONE: COLLISION COURSE II this Friday, 25 December, by downloading the ONE Super App.
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