ONE Friday Fights 8 Recap: Tupiev Stuns Ramazanov; Petsukumvit, Petlampun Score Epic Knockouts
Outlined against Bangkok’s night sky, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium once again played host to ONE Championship’s spectacular weekly series on March 10.
With 12 intense kickboxing, MMA, and Muay Thai battles that featured plenty of finishes, ONE Friday Fights 8 won over spectators both in Thailand and abroad.
In case you missed any of the action, here’s what went down inside the country’s combat sports mecca, starting with the evening’s headliner.
Petsukumvit Wrecks Petchmuangsri In Main Event Slugfest
Thai star Petsukumvit Boi Bangna returned for another ONE Friday Fights main event and continued to cement himself as a dangerous threat in the flyweight Muay Thai division with a knockout of Petchmuangsri Tded99.
The former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion controlled the contest throughout the first round and then picked up the pace in the second, landing brutal combinations that hurt his compatriot.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old stopped Petchmuangsri at 2:36 of round two to improve his ONE record to 2-0.
Petlampun Scores Come-From-Behind Knockout Of Rambong
Petlampun Muadablampang entered the ring to the subtle sounds of violins, but he walked out to deafening cheers.
In his 128-pound catchweight Muay Thai bout against Rambong Sor Therapat, Petlampun was forced to fight off his back foot for the better part of two rounds.
As time passed, though, he found his range and timing against the stocky brawler in Rambong. Then in the third frame, Petlampun scooped his opponent’s push kick with his right hand – and in one swift motion, he looped that same hand into a stiffening hook.
Rambong fell where he stood. Petlampun jumped where he stood. And the crowd stood on their feet in an absolute frenzy as the referee waved off the action at 1:14 of the round. The knockout improved his record to 81-18-2.
Numsurin Topples Khunsuknoi With First-Round KO
Numsurin Chor Ketwina had a terrifyingly perfect ONE Championship debut.
He entered the ring against Khunsuknoi Boomdeksean for a 116-pound catchweight Muay Thai bout and needed just two minutes and 38 seconds to finish the job via KO.
Numsurin trapped Khunsuknoi in the corner and stunned him with a left hook. The latter wobbled, and Numsurin pinned another left to his chin that sent him down for good.
The Tded99 athlete bumped his record to 100-19-2 with the win.
Banluerit Storms Through Nuatoranee In ONE Debut
Debuting jitters were nowhere to be seen for Banluerit Or Atchariya, as he blitzed through Nuatoranee Jitmuangnon in just 2:38 of their 113-pound catchweight Muay Thai showdown.
The 25-year-old stunned Nuatoranee in quick fashion after the opening bell and then dropped his compatriot on three consecutive occasions to end the contest.
With the victory, Banluerit elevated his record to 86-20-5.
Junior Nabs Narrow Split Decision Over Pancake
Thai striker Junior Fairtex outworked compatriot Pancake Kiattongyot on Friday to score a split-decision win after three rounds of atomweight Muay Thai action.
At the sound of the opening bell, the two women barreled forward, swinging punches and springing into kicks. It was hard to tell where the offense ended and the defense began.
However, in the later parts of the bout, Pancake’s output slowed, and Junior began to take charge. The Fairtex athlete’s late rally kept her ahead on two of the three judges’ scorecards and earned her a debut victory in ONE.
Maisangkum Stops Jomhot In Three-Round Firefight
Maisangkum Sor Yincharoenkarnchang may have walked out of Lumpinee Stadium with a third-round knockout of Cambodian Jomhot Charoenmuang, but he had to work hard for it.
The Thai standout controlled the striking throughout the 116-pound Muay Thai contest and hurt his opponent in the first round, although Jomhot’s heart was unquestionable as he escaped into the second.
Much of the contest would continue to favor Maisangkum, and 42 seconds into the third round, Jomhot was unable to answer the referee’s count.
The 21-year-old winner improved his record to 46-15.
Tupiev Upsets Ramazanov In Muay Thai War
In bantamweight Muay Thai action, Mavlud Tupiev picked up the biggest win of his career, earning a unanimous decision over former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi Ramazanov.
The Uzbek standout stunned the #2-ranked Russian in the first frame with a thunderous left hook that put him on the canvas.
From there, Tupiev continued to put in good work with powerful counterpunches en route to a sensational underdog victory.
With his surprise win, the 32-year-old improved his career record to 42-7-3 and made a strong case to crack the top-five bantamweight Muay Thai rankings.
Kanunnikov Cruises To Victory Over Ponet
Vladimir Kanunnikov announced his arrival in ONE’s stacked lightweight MMA division with a strong grappling display to see off Jason Ponet via unanimous decision.
The Russian roughed up the Frenchman on the canvas throughout the match, draining his rival’s gas tank with an arm triangle choke and a kimura.
Ponet attempted to get out of Kanunnikov’s mount in the second and third rounds. But despite his best efforts to escape, the Team Strela representative stayed one step ahead and kept his foe inside his guard on the mat, where he unloaded with more strikes and submission attempts.
All three judges handed the win to Kanunnikov, upping his professional record to 13-2.
Huo Impresses In Decision Win Over Mahdi
Chinese striker Huo Xiaolong put on a show in his 128-pound catchweight kickboxing battle against Seyed Mahdi.
The 27-year-old southpaw used effortless footwork, incredible speed, and dynamic strikes to largely dominate his Iranian foe, scoring sensational knockdowns in both the first and third stanzas.
That consistent work earned him gasps from the crowd as well as the unanimous decision nod from the ringside judges.
With the victory, Huo improved his pro record to 31-7 and made a statement in his promotional debut.
Jomhod Destroys Gyllenberg In First ONE Appearance
Jomhod Auto MuayThai returned to his old stomping ground with a performance for the ages, securing a memorable debut win over Daniel Gyllenberg via second-round TKO in their 118-pound catchweight Muay Thai duel.
The former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion went to work from the get-go, dropping the Swede twice in the opening round with a straight left and a quickfire right elbow.
When round two resumed, the 34-year-old only increased his output. And after shredding his rival to pieces with a salvo of strikes, a horizontal left elbow that landed clean on the cheek earned “Left Sniper” the finish at 1:05 of the second frame.
Jomhod improved his overall striking record to 196-58-5.
Orozakunov Outboxes Cheema In MMA Scrap
In the first MMA bout of the card, Kyrgyz standout Salamat Orozakunov and Pakistani star Furqan Cheema went toe-to-toe for three rounds of back-and-forth action at welterweight.
Orozakunov’s crisp boxing and blazing hand speed were on full display throughout the contest.
He pieced up his foe at range with thudding jabs and powerful right hands, punctuating the second and third frames with flurries of punches that put “The Lion” on wobbly legs.
The 32-year-old’s handiwork earned him the unanimous decision and his first victory in ONE Championship.
Sadeghi Powers Past Elias In Opener
Mohammad Sadeghi’s powerful left kicks were the difference again, as the Iranian striker sealed a comfortable win over Elias Ghazali and moved to 2-0 in ONE Championship.
The flyweight Muay Thai strikers traded kicks from bell to bell. But Sadeghi’s accuracy, power, and ability to mix between his roundhouse kicks and left teeps kept his Malaysian-American rival at bay for most of the duel.
With the triumph, the 20-year-old from Tiger Muay Thai upped his overall record to 12-1.