ONE Championship delivered all the thrills with the second chapter of the ‘A NEW BREED’ event series on Friday, 11 September.
The promotion’s latest spectacle, ONE: A NEW BREED II, featured a quartet of highlight-reel finishes and a pair of back-and-forth headline attractions.
Following the previously recorded event in Bangkok, Thailand, let’s take a glimpse into the future and predict what could be next for some of the night’s biggest winners.
Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym
Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym looked phenomenal in his bantamweight debut.
After moving down from featherweight, the Thai proved to be much quicker and more explosive in his natural weight class. He constantly moved forward and unloaded kicks, fierce right hands, and damaging elbows against a very game Sean “Clubber” Clancy to earn a riveting unanimous decision victory.
Next, the four-time Muay Thai World Champion would love a chance to break into ONE Championship’s Athlete Rankings at bantamweight, and a perfect test would be “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai.
Kulabdam, a two-division Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and ONE’s #3-ranked bantamweight Muay Thai contender, has been very impressive in ONE Super Series.
The Thai southpaw used his low kicks and rocket of a left hand to defeat the bantamweight division’s #2-ranked contender, Bobo “The Panther” Sacko, and to knock out top-ranked contender “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort.
“Left Meteorite” recently fell to Pongsiri’s teammate, Rodlek, in the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament final, so he would love to gain some redemption. He could do that by beating Pongsiri, and his devastating left hand would truly test the Thai’s granite chin.
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Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai
On Friday night, Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai lived up to the hype.
The teenage marvel decimated Milagros Lopez in 60 seconds, and she accomplished the feat without much use of her world-famous spear knees.
In the bout at ONE: A NEW BREED II, Supergirl followed a strategy that resembled the game plan her sister, Wondergirl Fairtex, deployed in her own winning debut – throwing ferocious rights and lefts to get the job done.
Up next for the 16-year-old Thai phenom could be fellow teenage prodigy Alma Juniku, a 19-year-old Australian with one of the most fearless attitudes in the promotion.
The division’s #3-ranked contender is best known for taking former ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex the distance in their World Title clash at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST in June 2019. That evening, the Logan City native stayed in Stamp’s face and pelted her with overhand rights and head-jarring elbows.
With her never-back-down style and heavy right hand, the Aussie could drag Supergirl into the deeper rounds and test both the heat and chin of the Thai, which is something we didn’t get to see on Friday night.
Abu Muslim Alikhanov
“Merciless” Abu Muslim Alikhanov produced a dominant showing at ONE: A NEW BREED II.
The Russian juggernaut utilized his grappling to take Pascal “Money P” Jaskiewiez to the canvas multiple times before finishing him off with a leglock in the second round.
Alikhanov never looked threatened, as the Tiger Muay Thai product stuck to his strategy to secure the victory and push his unblemished mixed martial arts record to 3-0.
Next, the Russian could find himself standing across from another promotional newcomer who impressed with his unorthodox style on Friday – homegrown hero Witchayakorn “SuperBenz” Niamthanom.
“SuperBenz” was constantly moving in his bout with Khalid “Monster” Friggini at ONE: A NEW BREED II. The Thai utilized his unique movements, kicks, and wild punching combinations to confuse the Moroccan, and when he took Friggini down to the mat, he never let him back up.
Instead, Niamthanom quickly locked up a brilliant rear-naked choke to submit his opponent with relative ease in the opening frame, improving his record to 3-1.
A lightweight contest between these two up-and-comers could be the perfect next step for both of them.