Rak, Thongpoon, Parshikov, and Petrov Earn First-Round Finishes At ONE Friday Fights 10
Up until now, ONE Championship has produced a satisfying nine hard-hitting “ONE Friday Fights” spectacles at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
On March 24, The Home of Martial Arts continued its trend with ONE Friday Fights 10. The 11-bout card featured five finishes across MMA and Muay Thai in addition to a thrilling headliner and co-main event.
Before we switch focus to this weekend’s ONE Fight Night 8 on Prime Video at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, we look at what unfolded inside the Thai capital’s most iconic sporting arena.
Theptaksin Elbows His Way To Victory Over Yodkritsada
ONE debutants Theptaksin Sor Sornsing and Yodkritsada Sor Sommai promised to deliver action at the top of the bill – and their 132-pound catchweight Muay Thai banger didn’t disappoint.
Theptaksin was largely the aggressor, wading in with ferocious elbows throughout. But Yodkritsada showed resilience by absorbing heavy strike after heavy strike and firing back in kind.
In the end, though, Theptaksin’s work rate powered him to a unanimous decision win, extending his impressive record to 72-25-4 in the process.
Panrit Edges Paedsanlek In Sensational Come-From-Behind Win
Panrit Lukjaomaesaiwaree and Paedsanlek PK Saenchai showcased a three-round bantamweight Muay Thai masterclass in the co-main event.
Paedsanlek stunned Panrit with a clean right hand in the opening stages, but Panrit battled his way back into the contest with punches of his own as the action progressed. He then delivered a textbook left hook that almost finished Paedsanlek.
With the bout even going into the third frame, Panrit’s late rally proved too much. He took home the unanimous decision victory and improved his record to 69-27-3.
Rak Tallies 72-Second KO Of Chusap In Dominant ONE Debut
Rak Erawan blitzed his way to a first-round TKO win at his former stomping ground of Lumpinee Stadium, wrapping up his 116-pound catchweight contest against Chusap Sor Salacheep in emphatic fashion.
After a brief trade of strikes, Rak – a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion – bit down on his mouthguard, found a gap right through the center of his rival’s defense, and surged forward with a mix of hooks and uppercuts.
That sequence of strikes seemed to have done enough damage and, after a brief check by the referee, Chusap was confirmed to be unable to continue. With the victory, Rak improved his record to 72-10.
Teeyai Gets The Nod In Epic Strawweight Battle With Kallistis
Teeyai PK Saenchai and Manolis Kallistis threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other in a riveting strawweight Muay Thai clash.
Thailand’s Teeyai scored with heavy punches, high kicks, and flying knees, while his Greek rival also let rip with a plethora of strikes – from powerful boxing to acrobatic rolling thunder kicks.
After three rounds, the judges gave precedence to Teeyai’s aggression and accuracy, awarding him the unanimous decision win to push his record to 57-20-12.
Supalek Surges To Victory In Three-Round Slugfest With Sonrak
Supalek Jitmuangnon and Sonrak Sit Por Jor Wor displayed three incredible rounds of elite flyweight Muay Thai action, but it was the former who took home the judges’ decision.
In the early goings, Supalek stunned Sonrak with a hard right punch to score a knockdown and set off the high-octane firefight. However, Sonrak recovered and chased his foe down with aggressive attacks, which resulted in many memorable moments for onlookers.
Ultimately, Supalek’s timing and willingness to land first saw him leave the ring with the unanimous decision, improving his record to 51-10-3.
Thongpoon Starches Tomorrow With Insane 24-Second KO
Thongpoon PK Saenchai sent the crowd inside Lumpinee Stadium into a frenzy when he scored a 24-second knockout of Tomorrow Kiatsongrit in their 118-pound catchweight Muay Thai showdown.
The PK Saenchai representative attacked from the get-go, throwing heavy leather that instantly put his Thai counterpart on his last leg.
Thongpoon followed up with another final barrage of strikes – an elbow, straight left, overhand right, and left hook – that earned him the quick highlight-reel finish and pushed his striking resume to 76-23-2.
Chorfah Rallies Back To Snatch Split-Decision Win From Kabutov
Chorfah Tor Sangtiennoi and Sherzod Kabutov went back and forth for three rounds of thrilling 136-pound catchweight Muay Thai madness.
Kyrgyzstan’s Kabutov looked confident in the opening stages, scoring with hard punches to the head and body of his Thai rival. However, Chorfah’s resilience took hold in the later stages.
He clawed back the deficit with his hard right kicks, elbows, and knees as the match wore on, earning himself a split-decision victory to push his record to 101-44-8.
Yod-IQ Sends Off Bielen With Skillful Second-Round TKO
Yod-IQ PK Saenchai reminded us why his name is on the lips of so many fans after snatching up a superb second-round TKO victory over Samuel Bielen.
The 20-year-old met Bielen in bantamweight Muay Thai action and picked his Belgian opposition apart from the opening bell. But it was round two where he really shined. Yod-IQ came out blazing, dropping Bielen with an elbow and rendering him unable to answer the referee’s count just 38 seconds into the round.
With his victory, Yod-IQ improved his all-striking record to 116-35-15.
Parshikov Nails First-Round Submission Victory Over Karino With Textbook Kneebar
Ivan Parshikov may be on the cusp of challenging a top-ranked mixed martial arts bantamweight, especially after earning another massive win at Lumpinee Stadium, this time in the first round against Yu Karino.
Despite giving his back away after an inside leg trip, a move that allowed the Japanese man room for a possible inverted triangle choke, the Russian star countered and cranked Karino’s exposed left leg to secure the kneebar finish at the 50-second mark of round one.
The win upped Parshikov’s MMA record to 11-3.
Petrov Scores Stunning First-Round TKO Of Lombardo
Anton Petrov opened his ONE Championship account in dominant fashion, finishing Italy’s Luca Lombardo in under three minutes of their 160-pound catchweight Muay Thai clash.
The Bulgarian smasher consistently caught his Italian adversary’s kicks while closing the distance. This allowed him to get close enough to land a damaging elbow, which gave the referee no choice but to stop the contest at 2:23 of round one.
With his ONE debut now in the books, Petrov moved his striking record to 26-6.
Shibata Nabs Wild Split-Decision Win Over Petklangna
Nothing could stop a fired-up Shingo Shibata from picking up his first win under the ONE spotlight. The Japanese striker earned a split-decision victory over Petklangna Sitphuyainilan in the night’s opening bantamweight Muay Thai duel.
Shibata dictated the range of this contest with his left jab, battering the Thai striker with heavy punch-elbow combinations that forced his rival to retreat on the ropes for most of the content.
A fierce knee and a final salvo of shots in the third round all but guaranteed his win. The victory improved the 27-year-old’s record to 25-10-2.