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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Kongsrichai taps out Matheis via ground and pound

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On Saturday Night, 11 March, the Thai wrestling champion survived through an early scare to defeat Adrian “Papau Badboy” Matheis at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in a strawweight throwdown. The event was held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Matheis, the ONE Strawweight Indonesia Tournament Champion, immediately brought the action and rocked his Thai nemesis with a barrage of heavy shots from the bell.

Despite being visibly stunned, Kongsrichai remained calm, picked the Jakarta native up, ran across the cage, and slammed him down with massive force. He instantly transitioned into full mount, looking to end the fight quickly.

“Papau Badboy” temporarily escaped in an effort to get to his feet, but the Thai is a master grappler and easily brought him back to the ground with a picture-perfect takedown.

For Matheis, it was all downhill from there. Kongsrichai dropped elbows, briefly worked for an arm triangle, and then abandoned it for some more of his ground and pound attack.

“Dream Man” resumed those elbow strikes that had been working so well, and it was a nightmare Matheis was not able to handle. The Indonesian tapped out, giving the win to the Thai at 2:51 of the first round,

The dream continues for Kongsrichai, who moves his record to 5-3. Matheis drops his second straight, and now stares at an equal 2-2 record.

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Ma Jia Wen TKOs Yohan Mulia Legowo in second round

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On Saturday Night, 11 March, the Chinese wrestling specialist entered the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, and stopped “The Ice Man” Yohan Mulia Legowo via TKO in the second round of their featherweight match.

Both fighters were slightly hesitant in the opening seconds of the first round, but Wen found his comfort zone rather quickly. He lit up Legowo with a hard uppercut, a masterful head kick, and a sharp inside leg kick.

The Chinese wrestling specialist dictated the pace, kept backing up his opponent, and threatened with a much improved stand-up game.

Legowo, an Indonesian Kickboxing and Submission Grappling Champion, bided his time, and when the opportunity arose, went for the takedown. Wen, however, immediately clasped on a seemingly-tight guillotine choke. “The Ice Man” survived, pulled his head out, and found himself in his rival’s guard.

It did not last for long. Wen, a Tianjin Top Team product, escaped, and the two traded positions on the ground, with the Indonesian eventually coming out on top and sliding into side control. He threw a couple of knees into his Chinese opponent’s ribs, but it did little good, as the bell rang to end the opening stanza.

Soon after the second round began, Wen marched forward and backed up Legowo with a non-stop melee of hard combinations. He landed heavy shots seemingly at will, causing the Indonesian to cover up.

Legowo had no answer. “The Ice Man” just absorbed the shots, and seemed on the verge of collapse. Referee Olivier Coste had seen enough, getting in-between the two and calling the fight off 59 seconds into round two.

Wen earns his second consecutive win and pushes his record to 4-2. Legowo, meanwhile, drops to to 8-6.

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