ET And Harrison Score Epic Knockouts, Superball Beats Kongklai Again At ONE Friday Fights 11
ONE Championship celebrated its latest weekly offering at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, by hosting a dozen more thrilling MMA and Muay Thai bouts.
ONE Friday Fights 11 went down on March 31 and featured a main event rematch between two Muay Thai rising stars and six bouts that didn’t go the distance.
In case you missed any of the action, here’s what unfolded in the capital city’s most famous combat sports arena.
Superball Dominates Kongklai In Wild Rematch
Superball Tded99 and Kongklai Annymuaythai shared three more explosive rounds of 138-pound catchweight Muay Thai action in Friday’s headliner.
As opposed to their first battle, which ended in a split-decision win for Superball, the rematch was much easier for the judges to call.
This time, the Tded99 representative scored two knockdowns of Kongklai – one in the first round and another in the second – and walked away with the unanimous decision.
The victory brought the 26-year-old Thai’s record to 72-19-1 overall and 2-0 in ONE Championship.
ET Knocks Out Apiwat With Incredible Flying Knee
ET Tded99 made a huge statement in his ONE debut, knocking out fellow newcomer Apiwat Sor Somnuk after just 37 seconds of their 130-pound catchweight Muay Thai bout.
Apiwat tried to score with his punches on the taller man, but ET kept his cool and attempted his first jumping knee. Although it missed the mark, it was a precursor to his finishing shot.
When Apiwat backed up again, the TDed99 athlete flew forward with an airborne scissor knee that found his rival’s chin and ended the fight instantly, pushing his record to 81-38-2.
Komawut Tops Avatar Via Split Decision
Komawut FA Group and Avatar PK Saenchai thrilled the raucous crowd inside the iconic venue with a classic bantamweight Muay Thai battle that was decided by the thinnest of margins.
Though Komawut picked up a split-decision win in this firefight, Avatar did threaten with bucketloads of head kicks, elbows, and knees, which could have easily swung the pendulum in his favor.
However, the FA Group representative did not crack despite the onslaught, connecting with leg kicks, elbows, and thumping straight rights that stung Avatar on multiple occasions.
The gutsy victory improved his record to 48-12-3.
Pongsiri Stops Pettong With First-Round KO
What Pongsiri Sor Jor Wichitpadriew gave up in height against Pettong Kiatsongrit, he made up for with heart and power.
After all, it took the stocky Chokwitthaya Gym standout fewer than two minutes to decimate his Thai compatriot in their strawweight Muay Thai tilt.
The finish came when Pettong stepped in with a lazy knee and dropped his guard. Pongsiri captured the moment with a left hook that sent his foe wobbling to the canvas at the 1:57 mark of the opening round.
Pongsiri’s victory improved his striking record to 41-20-5.
Olaylek Roars Back To Earn Split Decision Over Petsommai
Thai strikers Olaylek Chor Hapayak and Petsommai Sor Sommai duked it out for three rounds in a tightly contested 120-pound catchweight Muay Thai clash.
Petsommai was in control early, letting rip with his powerful kicks and boxing combinations and drilling his countryman with a huge elbow in the second stanza.
However, Olaylek roared back in the final frame, pummeling his foe with heavy hooks and uppercuts to claim a split-decision victory and extend his record to 86-44-5.
Namphongnoi Ekes Out Majority Decision Over Songfangkhong
Namphongnoi Sor Sommai and Songfangkhong FA Group fought their hearts out in their 132-pound catchweight Muay Thai battle. And after three back-and-forth rounds, Namphongnoi left the ring with a majority decision win.
Songfangkhong’s acute pressure and piercing elbows cracked his rival’s defense early in the battle.
But once Namphongnoi found his rhythm, he started landing more significant shots – even dropping Songfangkhong with a counter straight right midway through the second round.
With the win, the 25-year-old Thai striker bumped his career slate to 72-40-5.
Harrison Stuns Rambo With Buzzer-Beating KO
“I live for this!”
Those were the words that reverberated off the walls of Lumpinee Stadium after Tyson Harrison finished Rambo Mor Rattanabandit in the very last second of their wild bantamweight Muay Thai showdown.
What made the Australian’s post-fight speech so remarkable was that despite pressing Rambo into the ropes for most of their nine-minute striking extravaganza, he was battered and down on the scorecards.
But in true Harrison fashion, he wore the damage with pride and used it to fuel himself to the final moments, where he walloped Rambo with a hard right hand to score the buzzer-beating KO at 3:00 of round three.
With the memorable performance, “John Wayne Noi” bumped his striking record to 23-9 and further cemented his status as one of the most exciting Westerners in Muay Thai today.
Yodkaikaew Beats Giakoumis In Triumphant Return To Muay Thai
Yodkaikaew Fairtex successfully returned to the Muay Thai ranks with a unanimous decision win over Angelos Giakoumis.
“Y2K” had competed exclusively in mixed martial arts for the past seven years, but he looked strong in this all-striking flyweight showdown with “The Bullet.”
Smashing his Greek rival with hard kicks and strong knees in the clinch, the Thai star proved that he’s still a force to be reckoned with in “the art of eight limbs,” as he improved his Muay Thai record to 61-25-2.
Yu Impresses Again, Knocks Out Martin
Yu Yau Pui made it two knockouts in as many ONE Championship appearances, as she scored a highlight-reel finish against Devina Martin in their atomweight Muay Thai battle.
The 30-year-old mixed in various weapons from her arsenal to wear down Martin across the first two rounds. Sensing that a finish was near, she then unloaded with a push kick to the head that dropped the Australian slugger at the start of the third frame.
Although Martin found her feet, Yu dropped her again with a switch jab-left hook combination that forced the referee to wave off the contest after just 24 seconds of the third round.
The win upped the Hong Kong native’s slate to 24-2-3 and further established her as a threat in the division.
Ando Rallies Back To Score Second-Round TKO Of Motamed
The third and final MMA bout of the show featured a thrilling bantamweight banger that teetered on the brink of a finish at every second.
After surviving a handful of early scares and a head kick that launched him horizontally across the ring, Tatsuya Ando stunned spectators when he pulled a left hook out of his back pocket and dropped a surging Ali Motamed.
From there, the Japanese standout pounced and unleashed a barrage of ground-and-pound strikes to finish Motamed at 1:38 of the second round.
With the victory, the Team Ando representative nudged his MMA record to 14-3-1.
Kabdulla Elbows His Way To A Finish Over Barbosa
Ali Kabdulla and Alisson Barbosa went back and forth in an exciting lightweight MMA battle that ended in stunning fashion.
Kabdulla looked like the slicker striker and did a lot of damage over his rival’s left eye, but Barbosa showed his power was the great equalizer when he dropped his foe with a right hand in round two.
This forced the Kazakh slugger to turn up the heat in the final frame. Kabdulla marched forward and caught the Brazilian with a guard-piercing right elbow at 2:22 to earn the TKO and extend his record to 8-1-1.
Toktogonova’s Neck Crank Punishes Savicheva
In the night’s opening bout, Anelya Toktogonova debuted with an impressive first-round submission of Aleksandra Savicheva.
After a brief exchange of strikes between the strawweight MMA athletes, the 17-year-old Kyrgyz caught a right body kick and countered with a takedown.
On the canvas, she transitioned from mount to her rival’s back, where Savicheva eventually fell prey to a neck crank at 2:13 of the opening round.
The performance maintained Toktogonova’s 100 percent finishing rate in three professional wins.