After an entrance clearly inspired by Disney’s Aladdin film, people might have been wondering if the Bangkok Fight Lab product was taking his fight against Richard”Notorious” Corminal seriously enough. The hometown crowd at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, were undoubtedly entertained, but now he had to bring it inside the cage.
Indeed there were times during the fight when Wiratchai seemed to be smiling, laughing, and enjoying himself thoroughly. He did not enjoy the right hand that knocked him down early, though. Corminal might have been on the defensive, but once he let his fists fly, “One Shin” felt the sting and clearly realized he had a real fight on his hands.
Corminal, a Malaysian-based Filipino who trains out of Muayfit PJ, tried to pressure Wiratchai against the fence after taking a few hard shots. He looked for a takedown from behind, but the Thai hero successfully spun his way free and reset at the center of the cage, throwing a front kick to gauge the range. Once he had Corminal lined up, he threw a massive right hand and now it was Corminal’s turn to recover from a knockdown.
Wiratchai was not going to give him that chance, however. He came forward with a lightning-fast array of strikes, left and right hands, and a flying knee to boot. In the end, it was one precise right hand to the chin that caused Corminal to crumble. Referee Yuji Shimada decided he had seen enough, waving off the contest at 3:37 of the first round.
“One Shin,” who moves to 7-1, declared his victory “the best feeling ever” and promised to have his eye on the upcoming title fight between ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and challenger Ev Ting at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY. As for Corminal, he suffers his second career loss and falls to 4-2.
Just when you thought she couldn’t get any better, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee unveiled a new dimension to her evolving skill set that took her from impressive to terrifying.
The 20-year-old Lee went head-to-head with previously-unbeaten Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which took place in front of a capacity crowd Saturday night, 11 March, at Bangkok’s Impact Arena in Thailand.
The youngest MMA world champion in history, Lee dominated the entire matchup from start to finish, peppering a game but outclassed Huang with pinpoint accurate strikes. By the middle of the third round, Lee had overwhelmed Huang all the way to the mat, finishing her off with ground-and-pound.
The end came officially at 3:37 of round three, with Lee earning a technical knockout to retain the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in her first title defense.
“Well I have had some time to work (on striking) because I haven’t fought in a while, so it feels really great,” Lee told Mitch Chilson in the post-fight interview. “It feels like I’m back home here in the ONE Championship cage. It feels amazing, I cannot describe what I’m feeling right now.”
Lee, known for her creative submission game, owned five submissions out of six total wins entering Saturday night’s main event. Fans and observers all but expected Lee to take matters to the ground once again to try and submit Huang, but Lee took matters into her own hands — literally.
Huang had her moments, and seemed content in pulling the counter, landing a handful of telling blows here and there. However, her successful hits were simply too few and far between. Lee just dominated the bout from end-to-end and there was no denying the champion this evening.
It was a spectacular performance from Lee, one that has surely cemented her place as one of the promotion’s top stars.
“Thank you guys for coming out. I have to say thank you to my opponent Jenny [Huang] for being such a courageous warrior. She brought out the best in me,” Lee added.
With the victory, Lee improves her record to an unblemished 7-0 and earns her first victory via TKO. Huang suffers the first loss of her young career and falls to 5-1.
The comeback bout for former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke took a back seat to the ascension of Joshua Pacio, as the Team Lakay fighter grinded out a hard-fought split decision win at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM on Saturday Night, 11 March.
This was a bout filled with non-stop action, with the Filipino mixed martial artist Pacio controlling the opening two stanzas via takedowns and well-executed ground and pound. With a clear advantage on the feet, Amnuaysirichoke, a former three-time Lumpinee Muay Thai Champion, looked to jump to a fast start in the opener.
The Singaporean-based Thai fighter fired off punches and kicks, but slipped up and allowed Pacio to catch his foot and score a takedown. From there, Amnuaysirichoke spent the bulk of the round staring at the lights, while dodging punches and submission attempts.
Round two held more of the same for Amnuaysirichoke. Pacio caught another of the former champion’s kicks, and the Evolve MMA superstar was re-introduced to the canvas. The Team Lakay fighter was in full control. He peppered his Thai adversary with punches, but was unable to inflict much damage.
Amnuaysirichoke showed a brief sign of life, scrambling to his feet with two minutes left in the round, but surrendered his back in the escape attempt before being dragged back to the mat. The pair exchanged punches on the ground to conclude the second stanza.
Knowing he needed a spectacular finish for a chance to win, Amnuaysirichoke blitzed Pacio in the bout’s final round. The Filipino landed an uppercut early, but was unable to escape his opponent’s persistent attack.
As Amnuaysirichoke continued to stuff Pacio’s takedowns, his confidence grew. Late in the third, the Evolve MMA fighter landed several big right hands and even took Pacio’s back. He left his Filipino rival with a leg kick as a parting gift that landed with a thud to conclude the match.
While one judge was impressed with the third-round heroics, two judges gave the nod to Pacio. The Team Lakay warrior improves his record to 9-1 and is closer to a title rematch against current ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito.
Amnuaysirichoke suffers his second-straight blemish, moving to 6-2, and loses again in Bangkok ten months after dropping the belt to Naito.