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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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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