If you’re tuning for ONE: Full Blast 2, keep an eye on Benjamin Wilhelm.
The main event of ONE: Full Blast 2 will see English Muay Thai fighter Jonathan Haggerty trying to slay his own personal dragon in Rodtang Jitmuangnon, the man who took Haggerty’s ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai championship. He’s 0-2 against the Singapore native and the main event should be something to watch, but despite the credentials of both men, neither are the fighter you need to watch. That honor goes to Benjamin Wilhelm.
Wilhelm stands at an undefeated record of 5-0, with all five wins coming by submission. Wilhelm has been fighting since 2018, and even has a win in Bellator against Kealii Kanekoa. Wilhelm will look for his sixth win at ONE: Full Blast 2 against the 5-2 Mongolian striker, Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa.
This will certainly be a style clash for sure, with Amarsanna relying more on his strikes and Wilhelm looking to take the fight to the ground. Unlike Wilhelm, who’s making his ONE Championship debut, Amarsanaa is 1-1 so far in his tenure with the promotion.
ONE: Full Blast 2 is a step up in competition for both men
Amarsanaa last fought against Asian MMA legend Eduard Folayang in a fun fight that saw Folayang get the stoppage. The loss however showed what the young Mongolian could do in future bouts. Wilhelm is coming in undefeated but Amarsanaa is not a cakewalk by any means. If ONE Championship felt he was a matchup for Folayang, then he’s a heck of a talent.
Wilhelm though may be the favorite in this bout, even if Amarsanaa ends up being real competition. Whenever you end up facing a great grappler, you’re always asked to do more to earn that win.
Wilhelm is a Gracie Brazillian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, having done a lot of training at the Hawaiian arm of the school, which is based out of Honolulu. So he clearly knows where to train to get good at grappling.
Wilhelm seems to be a very competent grappler, skilled in submissions, and quite capable of being able to pull off a rare naked choke at any point, assuming he has your back of course. Wilhelm seems tailor made to be a name that ONE Championship can build around in the welterweight division.
He’s definitely not one to miss.
ONE Full Blast 2 takes place on Friday, June 11, 2020, live from Singapore. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.