The Combat Sports World is rising back after the COVID-19 pandemic. ONE Championship™ electrified the combat sports fans with another spectacular evening of action at ONE: NO SURRENDER III. The promotion has many promising talents from the Arab World, and with each event, the promotion is setting the bar higher in the post-COVID combat sports landscape.
The main event of ONE: NO SURRENDER III, showcased the rising star, 21-year-old Thai phenom “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai claiming the biggest win of his career stopping “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort. The win will allow Kulabdam to advance to the final round of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament.
The bout started with an explosive exchange of combinations by the two men. An explosive left straight towards the end of the first round connected for Kulabdam, tagging Sangmanee flush to the jaw. Sangmanee was out cold before he hit the ground, as Kulabdam walked away with an emphatic knockout victory.
In a ONE Super Series flyweight Muay Thai contest, Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy of Thailand put forth a striking clinic, thwarting an aggressive but outclassed opponent in Kun Khmer World Champion Sok Thy of Cambodia. Mongkolpetch dominated three rounds to secure a unanimous decision victory after three rounds.
Thai Naksu Champion and ONE Championship veteran Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai spoiled WBC Muay Thai Champion Fabio Pinca’s highly-anticipated mixed martial arts debut, winning by close split decision after three rounds.
Wiratchai started strong early controlling the pace with well-placed counters. Wiratchai dropped Pinca at the end of the first round. Pinca opened up the second round with slicing elbows on the inside, but a spinning back-fist from Wiratchai dropped the Pinca. In the final round, Pinca turned up the aggression as he got more comfortable on the feet. Wiratchai used his experience to stay out to edge Pinca out on the judges’ scorecards.
The 2-time Thailand Muay Thai Champion Wondergirl Fairtex put together a smashing performance, using speed and power to overwhelm WBC Oceania Muay Thai Champion Brooke Farrell of Australia in her ONE Super Series debut.
Wondergirl showcased her pinpoint accuracy, connecting on a variety of punch combinations from range. A series of right hands then dropped Farrell just a couple of minutes into the round. As soon as the Australian got back to her feet, Wondergirl swarmed her opponent with straight punches to complete the impressive first-round knockout.
In a ONE Super Series atomweight Muay Thai contest, Estonian “Snow Leopard” Marie Ruumet impressed in her ONE Super Series debut, defeating game but overmatched opponent Little Tiger of Japan after three exciting rounds.
Ruumet was effective with her reach and timing, staying tall while attacking Tiger with roundhouse kicks, step through elbows, and a stream of powerful knees in the clinch. Though Tiger never backed down, Ruumet’s constant pressure continued through rounds two and three and proved too much for the Japanese athlete to overcome. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Ruumet to win by unanimous decision.
The UKFC Featherweight Champion Ben Royle of the United Kingdom made a successful ONE Championship debut, scoring the first knockout of his career with a TKO victory over the United States’ Quitin Thomas.
The entire bout was spent on the feet as both men preferred to trade strikes at the center of the ONE Championship ring. A leg kick hurt Thomas in the second round, and the American was close to being finished, but Royle had difficulty putting his opponent away. Instead, he put the finishing touches in the third round, stopping Thomas with a perfectly executed standing combination for a TKO victory.
Official results for ONE: NO SURRENDER III
- ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal: Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai defeats Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort by Knockout (KO) at 2:45 minutes of round 1
- Muay Thai Flyweight: Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy defeats Sok Thy by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight: Shannon Wiratchai defeats Fabio Pinca by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
- Muay Thai Strawweight: Wondergirl Fairtex defeats Brooke Farrell by Knockout (KO) at 1:21 minutes of round 1
- Muay Thai Atomweight: Marie Ruumet defeats Little Tiger by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight: Ben Royle defeats Quitin Thomas by TKO (Strikes) at 3:27 minutes of round 3
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.