ONE Championship™ (ONE) continued its weekly events at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium with ONE Friday Fights 9: Eersel vs. Sinsamut II, which was headlined by a rematch for the ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Title.
In the main event, reigning two-sport ONE World Champion Regian Eersel dropped challenger Sinsamut Klinmee with a crushing body shot in the fourth round of their highly anticipated rematch to retain his ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Title.
Sinsamut was strong and powerful, pushing the pace early with thudding combinations in the first two rounds against the defending World Champion. Meanwhile, Eersel picked his spots, opting to dissect his Thai counterpart with clean striking.
As the fight progressed, “The Immortal” utilized his trademark length and athleticism. He attacked with jumping switch kicks and flying knees to keep Sinsamut on the defensive. The Surinamese phenom continued to find his groove in the fourth and picked the Thai apart. Ultimately, a destructive left hook to the solar plexus dropped Sinsamut to the canvas, leaving him in tremendous pain.
Referee Justin Brown completed the 10-count, and Eersel was awarded the knockout, as well as a US$50,000 performance bonus.
In the co-main event, Thai superstar Muangthai PK Saenchai took care of business against countryman Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai to win by knockout in the third stanza. The longtime rivals went to absolute war from the sound of the opening bell, tagging each other with their best offensive weapons. Kulabdam had his moments early with precise combinations, but Muangthai gained momentum as the fight wore on. In the third and final round, Muangthai connected with a sharp right elbow that dropped his compatriot for the count. When Kulabdam didn’t answer, the referee called a halt to the contest, awarding Muangthai with the victory.
ONE Friday Fights 9 Complete Results
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Regian Eersel def. Sinsamut Klinmee via KO at 1:17 of R4
Muay Thai – Bantamweight: Muangthai PK Saenchai def. Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai via KO at 1:37 of R3
Muay Thai – Strawweight: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Ryan Sheehan via KO at 2:52 of R2
Muay Thai – Catchweight (121 lbs): Petjeeja Lukjaoporongtom def. Fani Peloumpi via TKO at 1:38 of R2
Muay Thai – Catchweight (134 lbs): Sulaiman Looksuan def. Chaongoh Jitmuangnon via KO at 1:30 of R2
Muay Thai – Catchweight (140 lbs): Seksan Or Kwanmuang def. Silviu Vitez via Unanimous Decision
Muay Thai – Catchweight (140 lbs): Yodlekpet Or Atchariya def. Saman Ashouri via KO at 0:27 of R2
Muay Thai – Flyweight: Tagir Khalilov def. Black Panther via KO at 2:04 of R1
MMA – Flyweight: Tatsumitsu Wada def. Ernesto Montilla via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:52 of R1
MMA – Catchweight (159 lbs): Yoon Chang Min def. Kirill Gorobets via Split Decision
Muay Thai – Flyweight: Nakrob Fairtex def. Chen Jiayi via TKO at 2:45 of R2
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