Rambolek’s Stunning Knockout, Kongchai’s Big Win Highlight ONE Friday Fights 7
ONE Championship’s weekly series at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium continued to wow spectators around the world on Friday, March 3.
ONE Friday Fights 7 featured three MMA bouts and nine Muay Thai matchups that ignited Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Here’s everything that went down inside Thailand’s most famous combat sports arena – starting with the night’s headline affair.
Rambolek Earns Stunning Knockout Of Theeradet In Main Event
Topping off Friday’s spectacle was a 143-pound catchweight Muay Thai matchup between Rambolek Chor Ajalaboon and Theeradet Chor Hapayak.
The first round was a competitive three minutes, with both men exchanging punches and kicks. But in the second round, Rambolek shoveled a left hook into Theeradet’s rib cage before pinning a right hand to his chin.
The Chor Hapayak representative rolled forward, then backward, and the referee jumped in to wave off the bout only 10 seconds into the frame. With the victory, Rambolek improved his striking record to 61-12-3.
Kongchai Scores Two Late Knockdowns In Pivotal Win Over Chalamkhao
Chalamkhao PK Saenchai looked to have some answers for Kongchai Chanaidonmueang’s style in the opening frame of their strawweight Muay Thai clash, but it didn’t last over the course of three rounds.
Although Chalamkhao did his best to counter his rival’s powerful left kicks, Kongchai still got the first and last words in most of the exchanges.
The former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion went from strength to strength as the match wore on, culminating with a pair of knockdowns in the final stanza that cemented his unanimous decision win and pushed his record to 69-10-3.
Ritnaka’s Thumping Right Fist Powers Him To Split Decision Over Rittidet
Ritnaka Or Bor Jor Nakhonpanom’s right hand in 4-ounce gloves is a thing of power.
In the end, the Thai’s trademark weapon helped him pick up a split-decision win over Rittidet Kiatsongrit in their 118-pound catchweight Muay Thai duel.
The 21-year-old made sure his rival felt his strikes in the small gloves, as he unloaded a mix of punches that always ended with a straight right or an overhand variant.
Rittidet, meanwhile, did much of his damage throughout the nine-minute war with his legs, throwing a barrage of left kicks to the head, body, and legs.
With his triumph over the former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion, Ritnaka upped his striking slate to 61-10-1.
Petbanrai Earns Victory In Sensational Showdown With Sagaengarm
Petbanrai Singha Mawynn picked up a unanimous decision victory over Sagaengarm Jitmuangnon in their 113-pound catchweight Muay Thai bout – but it didn’t come easy.
From the opening bell, the two Thai warriors slung loopy punches at each other, but after the brief warmup, Petbanrai switched to stabbing elbow and knee attacks.
Although Sagaengarm matched his compatriot’s pace, the Singha Mawynn product did enough to get the winning mark on the judges’ scorecards.
With the victory, Petbanrai improved his record to 60-19-2.
Alves Edges Out Kwanjai In Close Split Decision
Yuly Alves and Kwanjai Sor Tawanrung engaged in a thrilling three-round strawweight Muay Thai battle that went right down to the wire.
Thailand’s Kwanjai seemed to have the early initiative with strong kicks, punches, and elbows, but her Brazilian foe met her in the middle and never took a backward step.
Alves then fired back in rounds two and three, maintaining a relentless pace with her boxing to eke out a razor-tight split decision victory and extend her pro record to 29-6.
Samingdam Stops Rittidet With Second-Round TKO
Samingdam Chor Ajalaboon stuck to the basics to see off Rittidet Sor Sommai in their 132-pound catchweight Muay Thai battle, closing out his ONE debut with an impressive second-round TKO.
After blitzing his rival in the opening three minutes, Samingdam threw in a quickfire one-two at the start of the second frame and followed with a step-in jab that sent Rittidet down for the count.
When the match resumed, he fired away with more boxing combinations that forced the referee to halt the bout at just 25 seconds of the frame.
With the finish, the Thai upped his slate to 59-31-1.
Yodphupa Wins Three-Round Thriller Against Musaev
Midway through ONE Friday Fights 7, Yodphupa Wimanair and Ilyas Musaev battled for nine nail-biting minutes of bantamweight Muay Thai action, and after the smoke cleared, it was the Thai who bagged the unanimous decision victory.
The 19-year-old poured on the pressure in the early going, piercing the Russian’s defense with knees and elbows.
That output racked up enough damage and points to see him through the later stages, when Musaev turned up the heat.
The unanimous decision improved Yodphupa’s striking record to 61-9-1.
Phillips Scores Rapid Slam Knockout Of Parker
Lawrence Phillips wasted no time in announcing himself to the global fan base.
The surging heavyweight met fellow ONE debutant Ben Parker in an all-American mixed martial arts clash that was over in just 18 seconds.
The pair exchanged some tentative strikes before Phillips secured a body lock and slammed his foe to the canvas, separating Parker from his senses and staying perfect to begin his MMA career.
Mardani Outclasses Khamidov Across Three Rounds
Arash Mardani used his elite grappling skills to overwhelm Mamurjon Khamidov in their middleweight MMA contest, gaining a well-deserved unanimous decision victory after the 15-minute affair.
The Iranian took the fight to the canvas from the get-go, using his huge frame to pin his rival on the ground while working his way into a myriad of chokes.
Khamidov could do next to nothing from guard. Whenever he tried to escape, Mardani stopped him in his tracks and forced him to turtle on the mat, where he lunged in with more strikes and even a couple of near-match-ending submissions.
The Uzbekistan athlete lost for the first time in his MMA career, while Mardani earned his second professional win.
Brierley Scores 69-Second KO Of Rungnapa
When Lisa Brierley touches chins, fighters fall.
The 32-year-old Englishwoman needed just 69 seconds to dispatch old foe Rungnapa Por Muangpetch in their 110-pound catchweight Muay Thai bout.
Brierley caught Rungnapa coming off the ropes with a short right hand that folded the Thai where she stood.
With the victory, Brierley bumped her striking record to 24-10-1.
Kim Chokes Out Manfredi In First Round
South Korean So Yul Kim dominated French athlete Souris Manfredi in the first mixed martial arts contest of the night, choking her rival unconscious in the opening stanza of their atomweight clash.
The ONE Warrior Series veteran stunned Manfredi early with a right hand, before taking her down and dominating from the top position.
When the French striker left her neck open, Kim cinched up a tight guillotine choke, sending her foe to sleep at 4:12 and extending her own professional record to 7-1.
Samingdam Earns Decision Over Jurayev
ONE Championship debutants Samingdam Looksuan and Shakhriyor Jurayev were impressive in the night’s opening bout. And after a tightly contested flyweight Muay Thai battle, the Thai star left the ring with a unanimous decision victory.
Samingdam stayed composed every time he was on the receiving end of attacks and replied with combinations of his own, including a pair of enormous overhand rights that sent the Uzbekistan athlete down for the only eight-count of the match.
With his win, the Looksuan representative win upped his professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record to 38-4.