SAEMAPETCH EDGES RODLEK IN ONE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
14 August 2020 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), put together another spectacular evening of world-class martial arts action. The bustling Thai capital of Bangkok played host to ONE: NO SURRENDER II, a closed-door, audience-free event that showcased the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent.
In the main event of the evening, former ONE World Title challenger Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand outscored veteran countryman Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym to win by a slight points margin after three rounds and advance to the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Final. Powerful elbow strikes from Saemapetch and sharp counters dominated the action in the first two rounds, as the Fairtex representative beamed with confidence. Rodlek tried his best to match his younger foe’s intensity in a strong third round showing, but it wasn’t enough to offset Saemapetch’s more well-rounded performance all throughout the contest. In the end, Saemapetch did just enough to edge out Rodlek via a close majority decision on the judges’ scorecards.
In a ONE Super Series kickboxing bout, top bantamweight contender Mehdi Zatout of Algeria put forth a comprehensive performance, outscoring Leo Pinto of France over nine minutes of back-and-forth action to clinch a hard-earned victory. Zatout used his superior experience to trump Pinto’s youthful aggression, keeping a consistent pace across all three rounds. To his advantage, Zatout also proved to be the more accurate striker, snaking his punches through Pinto’s tight guard to get the better of nearly every exchange. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Zatout to win by unanimous decision.
Rising featherweight star Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy proved too big and powerful for opponent Pongsiri PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, as he delivered a superb performance en route to a close split decision victory after three rounds. Sorgraw used his height and reach advantage effectively, keeping Pongsiri at the tail end of his strikes for the duration of the contest. Despite a game effort from Pongsiri, a good body attack from Sorgraw paired with volume striking all throughout the bout was just enough to earn the nod on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
Kicking off the action at ONE: NO SURRENDER II in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight contest, Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled of Tunisia dominated opponent Huang Ding of China across three full rounds to win a unanimous decision on the scorecards. Khaled was the busier, more aggressive man from start to end, connecting on an array of strikes that featured beautiful boxing combinations, a sharp right hook, and a plethora of flying knees. Overall, Khaled was just constantly a step ahead of Huang, which led to the one-sided victory.