This past Friday, 14 August, ONE: NO SURRENDER II delivered six action-packed bouts from Bangkok, Thailand, including the first semifinal of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament.
The athletes came prepared and gave fans around the globe several unforgettable memories.
From exciting debuts to highlight-reel knockouts and heated rivalries, here are the best moments from a thrilling night of action in the Thai capital.
#1 Saemapetch Advances To Tournament Final
At ONE: NO SURRENDER II, the former World Title challenger outlasted Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym and picked up the majority decision nod in the first semifinal of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament.
The Fairtex representative looked sharp in the opening frame, as he delivered beautiful flowing combinations, clever counters, and powerful shots from his left side.
Even more importantly, he looked just as sharp in the third and final round. The southpaw’s boxing dazzled early on, and he also peppered in leg kicks and elbows to continuously impress the judges.
Meanwhile, the Fairtex star kept Rodlek at bay by using his speed and mixing up his techniques.
Overall, the Thai athlete displayed masterful control en route to the victory. Although Rodlek had his moments, the night belonged to Saemapetch.
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#2 Fujisawa Knocks Out ‘The Smiling Assassin’
The Japanese veteran showcased his groundwork early in the first round, but it was his powerful hooks that ended the bout mere seconds before the horn sounded.
First, “Superjap” landed a crisp left hook that sent Mitsatit to the canvas. The Thai survived his opponent’s ground and pound on that occasion, but it delayed the inevitable.
As the round was coming to a close, Mitsatit came forward with a cross. But the veteran fired another left hook, which crumpled “The Smiling Assassin” and instantly ended the tilt at 4:55 of the first round.
#3 Yodkaikaew Marks ONE Debut With Impressive KO
After being taken down in the second round, “Y2K” scrambled back to his feet and exerted his dominance.
The Thai laced in a beautiful straight left hand, which buckled his counterpart and sent him staggering toward the ropes. Yodkaikaew sensed the finish was coming and quickly moved forward to prevent Shink from recovering.
“Y2K” threw a massive uppercut that missed the mark, but his next punch – a straight left – connected to the temple. Shink instantly fell to the canvas, prompting the referee to step in and stop the contest just 71 seconds into the second frame.