Before his absence from the sport, the Evolve MMA fighter had an impressive run, being undefeated in his last three bouts with convincing wins over AJ Mansour, Ngabdi Mulyadi and the famous “no-contest” decision against Wiratchai .
However, a neck injury picked up in One FC’s Rise of Kings installment against Mulyadi last year forced him out of action for an extended duration.
One FC’s Total Domination event this Friday will see Chilson revisit the cage and face Wiratchai, a judo and Muay Thai adept, for a second time.
The duo are known for a hard-fought battle that controversially ended in a no-contest decision as a result of the Thai fighter throwing an illegal soccer kick in One FC 5: Pride of a Nation.
Wiratchai has since featured in One FC once more but lost his previous bout against Bashir Ahmad in April this year and is in sore need of a win. One FC have therefore paired up the duo for a grudge match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“I think the fans wanted to see this. Usually they put two people that win together, since he lost his last fight and I won mine,” the 35-year-old American enthused.
“I had a pretty bad neck injury. I needed to take a few months to let it heal and make sure that I was truly prepared for my next match.
“The ref was looking out for my best interests [in Pride of a Nation]. If you watch the fight, I walked through his best shots. He did not win. This time we will settle it.”
“In fact, he came up and apologised to me. I think he wanted this re-match just as much as I did.”
Chilson, a latecomer to the MMA scene, has only been beaten once in his professional career with Eric Kelly his conqueror in One FC’s inaugural Champions vs Champions event.