ONE Championship: Warriors of Light results and highlights

Thai fighters dominate in a night of stand out striking

ONE Championship: Warriors of Light took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 10th May and featured two ONE Super Series World Championship fights.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao def. Hiroaki Suzuki by unanimous decision (Muay Thai: Bantamweight Title Fight)

32-year-old Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (258-54-1) is a two-time national Muay Thai Champion and four-time Lumpinee Stadium champion.  Fighting for Evolve fight team, the defending Bantamweight champion came into this fight as a clear favourite.  Suzuki (41-11-1) is a Shoot boxing lightweight world champion.  His defeats of Devidas Danyla and Mohammed ‘Jordon Boy’ Bin Mahmood had earned him shot at the title.

Nong-O dominated the fight from start to finish, repeatedly hammering his right leg to the upper body of Suzuki – hitting the exact same spot consistently for 5 rounds.  Despite the obvious damage to his left shoulder and back, the Japanese fighter kept coming forwards and refused to yield.   At the end of 5 rounds, there was no question who had won.  A Muay Thai masterclass from Nong-O means he keeps his belt for the foreseeable future.

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy def. Elias Mahmoudi by TKO in round 5 (Kickboxing: Flyweight Title Fight)

Petchdam “Baby Shark” has a reputation for his entertaining walk outs and this one did not disappoint!  I cannot possibly do it justice in words so watch it here…

Both Petchdam (93-14-7) and Mahmoudi (31-3-0) are multiple Muay Thai champions.  Despite the Muay Thai heritage of both men, this fight took place under the kickboxing rule set – something Mahmoudi forgot in the first few seconds when he fired an elbow to Petchdam’s head, earning himself a yellow card.  In the first rounds, Mahmoudi showed why his nickname is ‘the sniper,’ firing kicks and punches with devastating accuracy.  The Thai fighter initially struggled with the height disadvantage, although seemed to gain confidence throughout the fight coming into his own in the third and fourth rounds.  An accidental low blow from Petchdam in round five saw Mahmoudi unable to continue, stretchered out of the cage and the contest go to the judges’ scorecards.  A difficult decision for the judges resulted in the judges calling the bout for Petchdam – a controversial ending to what was a superb fight up to this point.  Given the circumstances – surely a rematch is in order?

Shoko Sato def. Mark Fairtex Abelardo by TKO in round 2 (MMA: Bantamweight)

Japanese fighter Sato (31-16-4) is the reigning Shooto Bantamweight champion.  This was his first fight in ONE Championship following a deal struck between Shooto and ONE Championship in January, that allows Shooto champions to fight in ONE.  The Japanese fighter showed off his energetic style, being very light on his feet, constantly changing stance and bouncing around the cage.  Aberlardo (18-5-0) never really troubled the Japanese fighter and a takedown by Sato in round 2 followed by some heavy ground and pound put an end to the fight.

Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Sok Thy by TKO in round 2 (Muay Thai: Flyweight)

The rivalry between Cambodia and Thailand was put to the test in this fight.  Two-time Omnoi stadium fighter Rodtang (255-41-10) was pitted against the Cambodian Kun Khmer national champion Sok Thy (223-36-12).  Both men have heaps of experience for their young ages – both fighters being 21 years old.  However, it was Rodtang that dominated this fight with repeated devastating leg kicks to the Cambodian.  It was only a question of time before Thy succumbed to the pain and round 2 saw him fall to the floor unable to continue.  At the post fight interview, Rodtang was offered the next title shot against newly crowned Flyweight Muay Thai Champion – Jonathan Haggerty.  Now that is a fight to look forward to!

Pongsiri Mitsatit def. Robin Catalan by TKO in round 1 (MMA: Strawweight)

This match was personal and it showed in the intensity.  Pongsiri Mitsatit (9-2-0) had beaten Robin Catalan’s (9-4-0) brother Rabin back in 2017 with a first round knockout.  The Filipino fighter came out strong, taking the Thai fighter’s back in the first minute, sinking in a choke attempt.  Mitsatit scrambled out, only to be caught in a deep heel hook.  After a short injury stoppage due to an accidental low blow, both men clinched up and again series of brutal knees from Mitsatit saw Catalan succumb and the Thai fighter to win by TKO.

Zhang Chenglong def. Panicos Yusuf by unanimous decision (Kickboxing: Bantamweight)

Both men seemed reluctant to engage in the first and second rounds, taking a lot of time to size each other up.  Zhang (47-12-1) came alive big time in the third round, landing a series of brutal strikes that put the Cypriot on the canvass twice in a row.  It was touch and go whether a clearly struggling Yusuf (37-7-0) would be able to survive the onslaught, but he just managed to hold on for the Chinese fighter to win by unanimous decision.

Kazuki Takudome def. Adrian Pang by TKO in round 2 (MMA: Lightweight)

41-year-old Pang (23-12-2) was desperately hoping for the win on this fight, having just broken a losing streak in his last fight.  Unfortunately for the Australian, Takudome (18-10-1) landed several clean strikes causing some serious damage around the eye.  A Doctor’s stoppage in round 2 resulted in the first win in ONE Championship for the Japanese fighter.

Prelims:

Savvas Michael def. Singtongnoi Por Telakun by unanimous decision (Muay Thai: Flyweight)

Thai fighter Singtongnoi (222-80-0) struggled throughout this fight with the speed and reach of Cypriot Michael (30-1-0).  Michael, who trains and fights in Thailand has had considerable success fighting big name opponents on the Thai Muay Thai circuit and is definitely a hot prospect to watch after this impressive ONE Championship debut.

Superlek Kiatmoo9 def. Rui Botelho by unanimous decision (Muay Thai: Flyweight)

Portuguese fighter Botelho (18-8-2) gave his all, but could not withstand the power of the Thai sensation Superlek (120-28-2).  Superlek’s performance was dominant throughout, although it is testament to the tenacity of Botelho that he could not secure the knock out.

Pieter Buist def. Kota Shimoishi by knockout R2 (MMA: Lightweight)

Buist (13-4-0) struggled with Shimoishi’s (21-8-0) grappling throughout the first and second round, before catching a good punch in the second round.  Three knees to the head followed in quick succession before the referee stepped in to end the fight in favour of the tall Dutchman making his ONE Championship debut.

Janet Todd def. Wang Chin Long by knockout R2 (Kickboxing: Atomweight)

Chinese fighter Wang (2-1-0) didn’t stand a chance against the clearly larger and more experienced American, Todd (32-11-0).  The only surprise in this fight was that the knockout took so long!

Hexigetu def. Ovais Shah by unanimous decision (MMA Strawweight)

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