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.
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.
The Chiang Mai, Thailand-based strawweight kicked off the preliminary portion of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM on Saturday Night, 11 March, and delivered a first-round TKO to Rabin “The Rock” Catalan, much to the delight of his countrymen in Bangkok’s Impact Arena.
Though both men were tentative in the first minute of the bout, Catalan, a Philippine national wushu champion, quickly tore into his opponent with a couple of sharp combinations. Mitsatit, a Northern Muay Thai champion, responded with a powerful body kick that got his rival’s attention.
Catalan tried to take the crowd favorite to the ground, but “The Smiling Assassin” defended well, and clinched the Filipino with his back up against the cage. “The Rock” was persistent and finally dragged his unbeaten opponent to the ground, but Mitsatit landed in top position.
Opting to stay on his feet, the Team Quest Thailand product held his nemesis’ legs and landed thunderous punches, but soon referee Yuji Shimada brought the action back to the feet after a brief lull in action.
Mitsatit, a product of Chiang Mai’s Team Quest Thailand, attacked the Filipino with blistering strikes. He connected with a slew of punches and a flying knee, but Catalan immediately clinched and was able to bring him back to the ground, this time with a trip takedown.
Again, Mitsatit ended up on top, got back to his feet and waited for his visiting opponent to stand up. Once he did, the Thai attacked with a relentless barrage of crushing knees to Catalan’s midsection, which caused the wushu champion to falter to the ground. This time, he would not get back up.
Mitsatit rushed in with an unforgiving flurry of ground and pound until Shimada called off the fight at the 4:45 mark of the first round, awarding the hometown hero the victory.
With the TKO win, the Smiling Assassin improves to 8-0 and records his sixth TKO finish. Catalan, meanwhile, falls to 4-3.