5 Stunning Performances From The Stars Of ONE: FULL BLAST II
The four-bout card, which airs this Friday, 11 June, features some of the most exciting athletes in ONE Super Series, along with up-and-coming talents who promise to deliver a diverse night of martial arts action.
Ahead of fight night, check out some standout performances from the competitors who are primed for action in “The Lion City.”
#1 Mongkolpetch Debuts In Style
As a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and the recent winner of the vaunted Toyota Marathon Tournament in Thailand, Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy entered ONE Super Series with a weight of expectations.
The Petchyindee Academy representative showcased his full array of skills against the tough Kiwi, as he battered Serepisos with hard front and round kicks from the outside and then unleashed ferocious knees and elbows when they were in close quarters.
After three rounds, Mongkolpetch earned the clear-cut unanimous decision victory and sent out a warning to the watching flyweight Muay Thai division.
Now 3-0 in ONE, the Thai star wants to put himself into World Title contention with a win over a top contender in his next outing.
#2 Mahmoudi Outhustles A Legend
Lerdsila was riding a four-fight unbeaten streak in The Home Of Martial Arts, but the rising French-Algerian star made sure that he relentlessly pressured his rival and consistently scored damage.
Though the Thai’s famous evasions came into play, “The Sniper” did not let up and scored with hard punches, kicks, and knees on his more experienced adversary.
Mahmoudi’s aggression earned him the unanimous decision win and the #4 spot in the flyweight Muay Thai rankings. If he can defeat Mongkolpetch this Friday, he’ll be within touching distance of another World Title shot.
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#3 Tsogookhuu Shocks Bangkok By Topping Wiratchai
An exciting lightweight mixed martial arts contender entered the fray at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in February 2019 when Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu defeated seasoned campaigner Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai in his ONE debut.
“Spear” had to go up against both Wiratchai and the Thai’s hometown crowd in Bangkok, but he was not fazed and put on a strong display to get the decision win after three rounds.
The Mongolian had clearly done his homework on “OneShin” and applied it perfectly over the course of 15 minutes. He avoided Wiratchai’s devastating counter-strikes by staying on the outside with jabs and kicks, and he then utilized takedowns to register and maintain his lead.
When the final bell sounded, Tsogookhuu knew he’d done enough to claim a career-best victory.
Next, “Spear” will be the one to welcome a newcomer to the Circle when he takes on American Ben Wilhelm this Friday.
#4 Yoon Blasts Through Tan
Despite competing in just his second professional contest, “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min showed the composure of a veteran to take out battle-hardened Filipino Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST in June 2019.
After being taken down and threatened with an arm-triangle choke in the opening frame, Yoon battled out of the bad position, regained his feet, and turned the tables on his more experienced foe.
“The Big Heart” started to blast away with his powerful punches and sent “Jun Minion” to the canvas with a scorching right hand that ended the contest before the first round ended.
Yoon is now looking to get back on track after his first defeat last time out, but he won’t have it easy against Chinese wrestler “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen.
#5 Naito Prevails In Battle Of Rising Stars
Two of ONE Super Series’ top emerging talents duked it out in a bid to prove they belong among the promotion’s elite at ONE: WARRIOR’S CODE, but it was Taiki “Silent Sniper” Naito who took the big step forward.
The Japanese rising star defeated “The Baby Face Killer” Savvas Michael Petchyindee Academy by decision in their February 2020 meeting after sending the Cypriot striker to the canvas twice in three rounds.
Naito needed to navigate Michael’s long frame in the opening stanza, but he found his rhythm by round two. As the Petchyindee Academy man walked forward to attack, “Silent Sniper” drilled him with a right hand that dropped him to the mat.
“The Baby Face Killer” did his best to chase the win in the final frame, but Naito felled him with another well-timed right hand that took the victory well out of Michael’s reach.
“Silent Sniper” wants to earn a spot in the flyweight kickboxing division’s top-five rankings, and a win over #4 contender Wang “Metal Storm” Wenfeng this Friday in Singapore could do just that.