Paidang Tops Batman; Thongpoon, Aliff, Rambolek Score Epic Knockouts At ONE Friday Fights 13
ONE Championship returned to the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium for another weekly Asia primetime event on April 21.
And once again, the collection of local and international athletes produced many memorable matchups and a plethora of stunning finishes.
Here, we recap all the Muay Thai and MMA action from ONE Friday Fights 13 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Paidang Outstrikes Batman In Memorable ONE Debut
Paidang Kiatsongrit defeated Batman Or Atchariya by unanimous decision in the evening’s main event, but that result does not do their riveting flyweight Muay Thai contest justice.
The 23-year-old Thai debutant dropped Batman on two occasions in the first round, though the latter’s granite chin saw him stay alive.
What followed in the second round was a back-and-forth battle for the ages, as Batman fought his way back into the contest.
Despite that rally, Paidang managed to control the third and final stanza to earn the nod from all three judges and move to 97-26-2 overall.
Silva Overcomes Surachai In Intense Three-Round War
Surachai Sor Sommai and Noelisson Silva put their hearts and souls into their 126-pound catchweight Muay Thai battle. And after three closely fought rounds, the Brazilian athlete walked away with his hand raised.
Both debutants threw the kitchen sink at one another in this nine-minute battle, standing in the pocket and trading uppercuts, elbows, and punches.
Although neither party could land anything significant to damage their foe, they kept the audience on the edge of their seats while hunting for a finish.
Eventually, all three judges scoring at ringside handed Silva the unanimous decision, which bumped his record to 48-15-3.
Thongpoon Destroys Petmongkol In 20 Seconds
Fresh off a first-round demolition job in March, Thongpoon PK Saenchai returned to follow suit when he met Petmongkol Soonkelhuaitom for a 118-pound catchweight Muay Thai affair.
Thongpoon came out swinging from the get-go, pressuring his fellow Thai. And just 20 seconds into their clash, the swagger-slinging striker knocked out Petmongkol.
With the rapid-fire finish, the 25-year-old made it two victories in a row in ONE while moving to 77-23-2 overall.
Petsaenkom Outworks Thuanthong In Close Three-Rounder
Petsaenkom Yaicheyseafood added another win to his ONE slate in a 132-pound catchweight Muay Thai contest with Thuanthong Sor Sommai.
Although he had to navigate strong jabs and teeps from Thuanthong, the 25-year-old landed the cleaner strikes out in the open and worked his knees in the clinch.
Following a technical three-round battle, all three judges awarded the victory to Petsaenkom, who now boasts a 62-14 pro record.
Diachkova Starches Dokmaipa In Round One
Natalia Diachkova barely broke a sweat at the iconic Bangkok venue with a quick knockout of Dokmaipa Fairtex in their strawweight Muay Thai tussle.
The Russian beat her foe to the punch and countered with two straight rights and a left that put Dokmaipa on wobbly feet.
As the Thai striker backpedaled against the ropes, Diachkova stormed forward with three successive straight right-left hook combinations that left her flat on the canvas.
That thrilling finish at the 1:41 mark of the first round bumped the ONE Championship debutant’s record to 27-4.
Aliff Stuns Rittidet With Spinning Back Elbow Knockout
In what was a firefight from bell to bell, Aliff Sor Dechapan managed to land the fatal blow on Rittidet Kiatsongrit in the second stanza of their 119-pound catchweight Muay Thai war.
The 19-year-old Malaysian-Thai athlete was facing a barrage of shots from his compatriot in that second frame.
However, he somehow found enough range to unleash a beautiful spinning back elbow that left Rittidet unfit to continue, forcing the referee to stop the contest at 0:46 of round two.
With the highlight-reel TKO, Aliff made good on his promotional debut and improved his record to 54-7-2.
Rambolek Unleashes Punching Power For KO Of Zhang
Rambolek Chor Ajalaboon picked up his second consecutive ONE Friday Fights knockout with a second-round destruction of Zhang Chenglong in their bantamweight Muay Thai battle.
The Thai slugger found a home for his hard counter right hand in the first round, and it connected on the button again in round two to put “Muay Thai Boy” on the canvas.
Zhang managed to regain his feet, but another heavy salvo from Rambolek sealed the deal at 1:33, pushing his record to 62-12-3 and continuing his rise in the division.
Carrillo Rallies For Late TKO Against Karabag
Nico Carrillo capped off his promotional debut in stunning fashion, turning the tide to earn a late TKO win over Furkan Karabag in their featherweight Muay Thai confrontation.
The Scotsman appeared to be trailing on the scorecards after his Turkish rival had repeatedly peppered him with punches and knees throughout the first two frames.
But in the third, “King of the North” hung on and then found a home for two fierce straight rights, which put Karabag on his last legs.
A final salvo of strikes finished the job and confirmed the win at 2:30 of round three, improving the 24-year-old’s resume to 24-3-1.
Hercules Beats Zikreev In Narrow Split Decision
Thai striker Hercules Wor Chakrawut picked up where left off this past February, edging past Aslanbek Zikreev after three rounds of bantamweight Muay Thai action.
The 20-year-old utilized his signature knees and elbow strikes to keep Zikreev at bay. In return, the Russian tried to put pressure on the youngster, though his attempts were consistently parried away.
Hercules left the ring victorious by split decision, improving to 2-0 under the ONE banner while upping his professional record to 52-18-2.
Dedduanglek Overcomes Fierce Challenge From Jurayev
Dedduanglek Tded99 and Shakhriyor Jurayev’s flyweight Muay Thai tilt was relentless from start to finish.
Uzbekistan’s Jurayev was often the aggressor, firing off heavy punches in bunches, but his Thai rival maintained composure and returned accurate strikes that constantly found a home.
After nine minutes of crisp work, Dedduanglek took the unanimous decision nod from the judges, earning his 62nd professional victory at just 20 years old.
Orgil Nabs Unanimous Decision Win Over Sevilleno
In 145-pound catchweight MMA action, promotional newcomer Enkh Orgil earned a unanimous decision win over Filipino athlete Adonis Sevilleno.
The Road to ONE Mongolia winner stuck to the same tactics throughout the 15-minute duel, closing the gap behind a mix of punches and relying on his intense grappling game to push Sevilleno into reverse gear.
The 34-year-old Orgil upped his professional record to 8-2 overall, with seven straight victories.
Alvarez Smothers Abesi En Route To Second-Round TKO
Carlos Alvarez opened the card at Lumpinee Stadium with the goal of showing that Team Lakay’s next generation is on the rise, and the featherweight mixed martial artist did just that against Reza Abesi.
The Filipino phenom landed multiple takedowns over the course of the one-sided contest, with his body blows on the feet and submission attempts on the ground providing a constant threat to Abesi.
The Iranian athlete eventually succumbed to the punishment at 3:50 of round two, giving 24-year-old Alvarez the second victory in his professional career.