Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the bustling capital of Thailand with another showcase of world-class martial arts at its finest. Taking place last Friday, 28 August, ONE: A NEW BREED, broadcast live in over 150 countries, featured some of the world’s most promising young martial arts stars, and battle-proven veterans who put together incredible performances inside the ONE Championship ring.
In the main event of the evening, ONE Super Series debutant Allycia Hellen Rodrigues of Brazil scored a shocking upset of now former world champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand to win by a close decision. Stamp started off fast and strong, battering Rodrigues with pinpoint combinations, with the Brazilian just a touch behind on every exchange. In the second round, Stamp continued to pour on the pressure, catching Rodrigues with well-timed combinations. The momentum shifted slightly in a closely contested third round, as Rodrigues began to increase her output. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Rodrigues pulled ahead of the contest, punishing Stamp with sharp knees and elbows in the clinch. With Stamp fading late, Rodrigues took control of the matchup the rest of the way. In the end, Rodrigues came away with a majority decision to be crowned the new ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion.
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In the evening’s co-main event, CH7 Muay Thai World Champion Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym emerged the winner of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament following a commanding performance over countryman “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai. Kulabdam started the bout firing his vaunted left hand, with Rodlek opting to box and counter. In the second round, Rodlek turned up the pressure after getting cut on the forehead. An uppercut and left hook combination sent Kulabdam crashing to the canvas. “Left Meteorite” was able to beat the count but Rodlek continued to punish him with sharp strikes. In the third round, Rodlek dropped Kulabdam again, this time with a knee to the midsection. Rodlek then cruised the remainder of the bout to win by wide unanimous decision. As the winner of the tournament, he will now move on to face ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.
Top-ranked women’s atomweight contender Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga of the Philippines authored an exquisite first round submission of Thai national judo champion Watsapinya “Dream Girl” Kaewkhong. After dominating the standup exchanges early, Zamboanga took matters to the ground with a successful takedown. From there, “The Menace” worked her way into side control, executing a textbook Americana shortly after to force the tap.
In a ONE Super Series women’s strawweight Muay Thai contest, 2-time Thai national Muay Thai Champion Wondergirl Fairtex scored yet another impressive victory, stopping KC “Pinay Fight” Carlos of the United States and the Philippines within two rounds. Wondergirl was relentless in her forward movement, peppering Carlos with straight punching combinations and step-through elbows. In the second round, a slicing elbow did considerable damage to the Filipino-American’s nose. Not long after, Carlos and her corner signalled to the referee that she could no longer continue.
Drex “T-Rex” Zamboanga of the Philippines made a successful ONE Championship debut, defeating Thailand’s Detchadin “Detchpool” Sornsirisuphathin by submission in the second round. Zamboanga began the bout, inching forward behind complex boxing combinations and fast hands. Detchadin stood right in front of the Filipino star, willing to trade strikes at the center of the ONE Championship ring. Zamboanga continued his striking tirade in round two, mixing in a handful of takedowns for good measure. On the mat, Zamboanga took his opponent’s back and executed a slick rear-naked choke, putting Detchadin to sleep just before the bell.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Kun Khmer World Champion Sok Thy of Cambodia inserted himself back in the winner’s column, scoring a beautiful body shot knockout of ONE Hero Series Muay Thai top prospect Huang Ding of China. Sok Thy was aggressive to start the contest, attacking with a good mix of kicks and boxing combinations. A right hook to the sternum hurt Huang, causing a delayed reaction as the Chinese athlete crumpled to the ground. Huang failed to beat the count and Sok Thy was awarded the stoppage victory.
Kicking off the action at ONE: A NEW BREED, Max Stadium Muay Thai Champion Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex put together a masterful striking performance, defeating opponent Alex Schild of the United States by technical knockout. Yodkaikaew dominated early with thunderous straights and hooks. Schild was able to take the action to the ground where he owned the grappling advantage, but “Y2K” escaped back mount and got back up to his feet. Yodkaikaew began unloading his powerful leg kicks in the second round, chopping away at Schild’s base constantly. By the third round, Schild could no longer defend himself from the onslaught of leg kicks, and the referee was forced to call a halt to the contest.
ONE Championship will return with the previously recorded event, ONE: A NEW BREED II, from Bangkok, Thailand. The show will be broadcast on Friday, 11 September. Check local listings for times. In the main event, 4-time Muay Thai World Champion Pongsiri PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym of Thailand will face WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Sean “Clubber” Clancy of Ireland. Also making an appearance is PBA Thailand Champion Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai, who makes her ONE Super Series debut against Milagros Lopez of Argentina.
Official results for ONE: A NEW BREED
ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship: Allycia Hellen Rodrigues defeats Stamp Fairtex by Majority Decision (MD) after 5 rounds
ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Final: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Denice Zamboanga defeats Watsapinya Kaewkhong by Submission (Americana) at 1:28 minutes of round 1
Muay Thai Strawweight: Wondergirl Fairtex defeats KC Carlos by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:06 minutes of round 2
Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight: Drex Zamboanga defeats Detchadin Sornsirisuphathin by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:58 minutes of round 2
Muay Thai Flyweight: Sok Thy defeats Huang Ding by Knockout (KO) at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight: Yodkaikaew Fairtex defeats Alex Schild by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 minutes of round 3
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