“Camp Had Been a Very Challenging One…”- Jonathan Haggerty Reveals the Reason for ONE 157 & Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix Withdrawal

Published 05/20/2022, 2:59 AM EDT

ONE 157 took a big hit when the former flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, Jonathan Haggerty, had to pull out of the event. Haggerty had a scheduled bout against Walter Goncalves; The bout was the part of the flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix.

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The 25-year-old shared a picture of him in the hospital setting and the news of his withdrawal from his ONE 157 bout, and the entire tournament as well. In a lengthy Instagram post showing his regret, Haggerty wrote, “It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I have had to withdraw from the tournament due to health reasons.”

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Further, the Orpington native submitted, “Camp had been a very challenging one due to health reasons from the very start…”

Haggerty also shared some words with his scheduled opponent. He said, “I’d like to send my apologies to Walter Goncalves and wish everybody in the tournament the very best”

After thanking the fans and the promotion for their constant support, he concluded, “I will not let this Define me! I will overcome this and be back where I belong.”

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It was a great disappointment for the fans to witness Haggerty pulling out of the bout as there was an epic showdown on the table with the Brazilian Goncalves. Both these fighters were two of the toughest opponent the flyweight Muay Thai King, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, faced inside the ONE Circle.

With Jonathan Haggerty out, what will happen with Walter Goncalves?

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Since Haggerty couldn’t compete at ONE 157, Goncalves will now face one of the tournament alternatives, Josue Cruz.

Instead of facing Panpayak Jitmuangnon for the alternative spot in the tournament on the undercard of ONE 157, the Mahmoudi Gym representative will fight one of the favorites to win the tournament.

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This will be a great opportunity for the 26-year-old debutant from Mexico to showcase his Muay Thai skills. However, facing someone like Walter Goncalves will be a big step up in the competition. But then again, the Mexican believes in his skills, since he was already ready to face a seven-time Muay Thai World Champion in “The Angel Warrior” before accepting the Goncalves fight.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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