Marie “Snow Leopard” Ruumet put the atomweight Muay Thai division on notice with an impressive ONE Super Series debut on Friday, 21 August.
Ruumet’s intentions were clear from the onset. She quickly forced the Japanese star into a clinch battle, where she used her overwhelming reach advantage to great success.
In the clinch, the Estonian landed knees and thunderous elbows, even forcing the referee to halt the match with a minute remaining in the first round to check on the swelling under Little Tiger’s left eye.
“Snow Leopard” mixed up her point of attack in the second frame. This time, she focused on her kicks and boxing to frustrate the Japanese fighter.
Little Tiger managed to find a measure of success by staying on the outside and connecting with punches, but the pride of Bear Fight Club countered beautifully, eventually ending the stanza with some knees in the clinch.
Knowing she was behind on the scorecards, Little Tiger opened the third round aggressively with kicks, while Ruumet answered with sharp elbows.
The Team Thai-Yo representative then swung for the fences, connecting with a cracking left straight before the final bell sounded.
However, that flurry was far too little, too late. Ruumet had done more than enough to convince all three judges and improved to 28-9-0 in her blossoming Muay Thai career.
With more performances like this one, it might not be long before the rising Estonian talent finds herself challenging ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex.