Sityodtong thrills fans with huge second-round comeback win

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On Saturday Night, 11 March, the hometown hero survived an early onslaught from two-time Philippines Kyokushin karate national champion Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales, earning a second-round TKO at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sityodtong, a former WBA Super Featherweight World Champion, was the elder statesman in tonight’s fight. With a 2-1 record, his transition to MMA after a highly decorated boxing career of 58-3-1 (47 KOs) had thus far been a modest success, but Gonzales would put that to the test.

The Filipino showed off his prestigious karate background early with an array of kicks, including one that swept Sityodtong off his feet. Although the Evolve MMA product got back up, Gonzales took him down, and for about a minute, it looked like “Little Tyson” could turn that into a guillotine choke. Gonzales, however, was able to pop his head free as Sityodtong’s arms grew tired.

The rest of the first frame favored Gonzales, as he used an effective top game to spin to side control and hunt for submissions. When Sityodtong tried to push him back to guard, Gonzales responded with a full mount. The Singaporean-based Thai then gave up his back to the strikes, and had to fight off two rear-naked choke attempts, including one that lasted right until the bell.

“Little Tyson” was in big trouble after being dominated to end the opening stanza, but one explosive punch early in the second round changed his fortune. Gonzales suddenly seemed spent from all the energy he expended going for submissions, eating furious right hands until he sat on the fence, stunned.

Referee Yuji Shimada called for the Filipino to stand when Sityodtong stood up, and he did so slowly and reluctantly. Sityodtong just continued to pour it on.

The end came as both men were exchanging strikes on their knees, with the boxing veteran landing devastating shots, then backing off to force another stand-up. Gonzales was unable to answer the referee’s call to do so, which led to an official finish via verbal submission at 3:21 in round number two.

Sityodtong improves to 3-1 with the win, while Gonzales falls to 1-2 with the loss.

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Decorated Muay Thai champion Petpayathai wins MMA debut

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The man known as “Deadly Star” returned to the Impact Arena in his old stomping grounds of Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday Night, 11 March, and won his first mixed martial arts about with relative ease.

He stopped Malaysia’s Kelvin “Ice Man” Ong in the first round of their featherweight bout at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM.

Ong, who trains out of Borneo Tribal Squad, fearlessly came forward, but was clipped by Petpayathai’s left hand only 25 seconds into the contest. The Thai then unleashed a kick to his opponent’s body, pummelled him with another left, defended a takedown, and whipped another body kick home.

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Looking to avoid more punishment, the “Ice Man” tied his opponent against the cage and tried to catch his breath. Petpayathai, however, remained busy with his back against the fence, as he delivered some sharp elbows and thunderous knees. Ong was sent reeling backwards, and “Deadly Star” followed up with a barrage of left hands.

Referee Yuii Shimada felt the Malaysian had had enough, and waived the fight off at the 2:20 mark of the first round, giving Petpayathai the TKO in his MMA debut.

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“I am so proud to be here to show Muay Thai to all thai fans here. My goal is to be the champion, the world champion of ONE Championship,” the Thai said in the center of the cage.

Petpayathai, who trains out of Evolve MMA, is officially 1-0 in his MMA career. As for Ong, he drops to 1-1.

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Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige wins on debut at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM

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The Thai fighter’s win came at her home in Bangkok, Thailand, and brought the crowd at the Impact Arena to their feet.

“My family’s name is Japanese, but I am 100 per cent Thai, and I am so proud to be Thai,” she said, afterwards, to cheers.

Ishige got the crowd involved even before the fight began, however, with almost unbelievable vamping during an entrance that included a skit, bodyguards, dancing, and lots of smiles and waves.

Boniface did her best to punch those smiles away from the start, storming out with big strikes and taking Ishige down.

Once on the mat, however, “Tinydoll” managed to put the Borneo Tribal Squad product on the defense with repeated armbar attempts from both the bottom and top.

Boniface defended them all well, but could not scramble up to regain top position after escaping the last arm lock attempt. Ishige took the mount and soon closed the show.

The Thai attempted an arm-triangle choke, but then soon settled on maintaining the mount and raining down punches, hammer fists, and pointed elbow strikes to the head of Boniface.

The Malaysian fighter hung tough, but made no attempts to escape and the referee was soon forced to stop the fight. The official end came at 4:32 of the first round.

Ishige’s mark now stands at 1-0, while Boniface’s dips to 0-2.

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