Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke Cruises in Makeshift One Championship Main Event

By Brian Knapp Nov 13, 2015
One Fighting Championship strawweight titleholder Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke was left to pick up the pieces from the axed Ben Askren-Luis Santos rematch, and he did just fine in a leading role.

Amnuaysirichoke stayed undefeated in a non-title bout, as he picked apart Yago Bryan Farias de Morais for a five-round unanimous decision in the One Championship “Pride of Lions” headliner on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. A three-time Lumpinee champion in muay Thai, the 37-year-old Amnuaysirichoke (6-0) has made the transition to MMA look easy.

Morais (3-1) could not keep up, as Amnuaysirichoke dissected him with sharp jabs and kicks to the legs and body for much of their 25-minute confrontation.

The Amnuaysirichoke-Morais showdown slid into the main-event slot left vacant when Santos failed to make weight and then refused to meet the terms Askren established -- the welterweight champion wanted the Brazilian to weigh-in at no more than 190 pounds on fight day -- for the bout to move forward.

In the featherweight co-main event, former One Championship and Shooto Pacific Rim titleholder Kotetsu Boku took care of Major Overall with second-round punches. Overall (6-2) wilted 79 seconds into round two, his four-fight winning streak at an end.

After a relatively even first round, Boku (23-10) seized control with pinpoint striking in the second. He floored Overall with a right hand, and while the American returned to his feet, all means of escape had been cut off. Boku fired off an exquisite combination -- a left hook to the body was the key blow -- against the fading American, forcing a standing technical knockout a little more than a minute into the frame.

Meanwhile, undefeated Evolve MMA prospect Angela Lee submitted Natalie Gonzales Hills with a first-round twister in a featured women’s contest at 115 pounds. Hills (2-3) tapped 2:24 into round one, becoming the promising teenager’s third victim in as many appearances.

Lee (3-0) waded through punches, elbows and knee strikes before yielding a takedown inside the first minute. The Hawaii-based Singapore native swept into top position, navigated the Hills guard and climbed to full mount. Lee, 19, then moved to the back and executed the twister, resulting in a quick tapout.

Elsewhere, Alain Ngalani brought a brutal end to his heavyweight showcase with Igor Subora, as he disposed of the reigning Universal Reality Combat Championship titleholder with first-round ground-and-pound. Ngalani (2-2) finished it 69 seconds into round one.

Ngalani doubled over the Ukrainian with a savage body kick, swarmed with punches and knees that drove Subora (5-3) to the canvas and assumed top position. Ngalani then softened the 35-year-old Fist Gym rep with hammerfists, postured inside guard and closed the deal with a series of standing-to-ground punches that had Subora’s head bouncing off the mat.

In other action, Amir Khan (4-2) struck Jimmy Yabo (4-2) into submission with punches 4:18 into the first round of their featherweight clash; Martin Nguyen (5-1) forged a doctor stoppage against Edward Kelly (6-3) 4:17 into round one of their encounter at 145 pounds; Benedict Ang (2-0) forced a corner stoppage on Yohan Mulia Legowo (7-4) in between the second and third rounds of their featherweight scrap; and Li Kai Wen (4-2) stopped Nathan Ng (1-1) on punches 4:52 into the first round of their pairing at 145 pounds.
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