ONE Championship history was made inside Jakarta’s Istora Senayan, as the organization crowned its first featherweight Muay Thai world champion on Friday night in ONE: Warrior’s Code.
Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy essayed a Muay Thai masterclass against compatriot Pongsiri PK Saenchaimuaythaigym to claim the world title via unanimous decision. Making full use of his reach advantage, the southpaw Petchmorakot landed the telling knees, kicks and elbows onto his fellow Thai fighter to earn the judges’ nod after five grueling rounds.
The Ubon Ratchathani native took control early on. He kept his opponent at bay with timely hits in the clinch that dictated the flow of the bout. Pongsiri, who stepped in for Detrit Sathian Muay Thai on two days’ notice, connected on a leg sweep in the fifth canto. The picture-perfect sweep proved to be too late. Petchmorakot had built for himself a sizeable advantage going into the championship rounds.
With the victory, Petchmorakot joins the roll of Thai ONE super series world champions, which includes Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Stamp Fairtex.
De Ridder Sets Up Clash With Aung La
Dutch grappler Reinier De Ridder booked a date against reigning middleweight kingpin Aung La N Sang after decisioning Leandro Ataides in the main supporting bout.
In an entertaining yet bruising encounter, De Ridder ended up as the victor over the Brazilian, as the “Dutch Knight” got the most out of the close exchanges. Both combatants tried desperately to bring the fight to the mat – only to find themselves back up on their feet after a scramble.
Aung La – who also owns the Singapore-based promotion’s light heavyweight crown – wished both De Ridder and Ataides good luck prior to the bout via a short video clip and expressed his readiness to face either men in a title bout in the future. De Ridder improves his win-loss record to 12-0, while Ataides drops to 11-4
Undefeated Lapicus Stifles the “Cobra”
Moldovan sensation Iuri Lapicus continued his rise in the lightweight rankings, after scoring a spectacular first-round submission win over former ONE featherweight world champion Marat Gafurov. Hiking his record to 14-0 – all via finishes, Lapicus needed a little over a minute to force Gafurov to tap to a rear-naked choke, gorgeously transitioning from a judo throw.
The Team Leone-Petrosyan product went away with his second submission victory in ONE Championship, lining himself up for a possible title shot against current division titleholder Christian Lee.
Hometown bet Eko Roni Saputra impressed in front of his Indonesian fans, with a submission victory against Khon Sichan via rear-naked choke at the 3:45 mark of their flyweight clash.
In a featherweight MMA bout, Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima stopped Kim Jae Woong via ground and pound in the third round.
Japan’s Itsuki Hirata notched a third-round technical knockout win – also via ground and pound – against Nyrene Crowley of New Zealand.
In a pair of Indonesian-versus-Indonesian bouts, Sunoto and Abro Fernandes scored a pair of decision victories over Nurul Fikri and Eko Priandono, respectively.
Taiki Naito edged Savvas Michael Petchyindee Academy, after Fajar of Indonesia and Josh Tonna opened the night with stoppage wins over their respective foes.
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