ONE: NO SURRENDER III showcased talented competitors from around the world, including seven martial arts World Champions on 21 August in Bangkok, Thailand.
The six-bout card was filled with hard-fought battles, exciting finishes, and a shocking upset in the main event.
#1 Kulabdam Scores Stunning Upset KO
“Left Meteorite” landed with full impact, as Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai reached the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament final with a jaw-dropping first-round knockout.
Kulabdam and “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort wasted little time once their matchup began. The sound of the strikes echoed throughout the arena, and the technical brilliance of the top bantamweight contenders was captivating.
The Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai representative narrowly missed with earlier combinations, but as the round neared its finish, he connected and sent shockwaves around the world.
It was a brilliant four-punch combination from Kulabdam that closed the show. “The Million Dollar Baby” blocked the first two strikes and evaded the third, but the fourth and final blow was a left cross that landed clean on Sangmanee’s chin.
There was no count needed. Sangmanee collapsed to the canvas at 2:45 of the first round, sending the man known as “Left Meteorite” to the final.
- Kulabdam KOs Sangmanee, Advances To Tournament Final
- Wondergirl Fairtex Earns Spectacular 81-Second Knockout
- Ben Royle Scores Third-Round TKO Win In ONE Debut
#2 Wondergirl Arrives In Style
There’s a new star on the ONE Super Series scene.
First, Wondergirl rocked Farrell with a right cross and then a blistering pair of right crosses dropped her to the canvas.
Although the Australian newcomer was able to recover, the Thai upstart immediately put together a series of lefts and rights. That nonstop combination crumpled Farrell to the ground once again and forced the referee to call the bout.
Wondergirl’s star will surely rise after that impressive performance, which makes her one of the top contenders in a fresh women’s strawweight division.
#3 Royle Debuts With TKO Victory
Is there a better way to announce your presence on the global stage than with a TKO victory? Not for the United Kingdom’s Ben Royle.
Royle was methodical and steadfast in his performance against Quitin Thomas. He damaged the American’s right leg with kicks in the second round but did not get overzealous and chase a finish – instead, allowing it to come to him.
After another strong leg kick that visibly shook his opponent, Royle found the mark with his punches. A brilliant left uppercut snuck through Thomas’ defenses and forced him on his back foot.
The Englishman then cornered his foe, rocked him with a hook-cross-hook combination, and further punished him with a pair of hooks that forced the referee to step in and stop the contest.
Royle moved his record to 5-1 with the TKO coming at 3:27 of the final round.