Saemapetch Edges Rodlek to Advance in Muay Thai Tournament at One: No Surrender 2

By Tudor Leonte Aug 14, 2020

Saemapetch Fairtex kept his dream alive for getting a shot at Nong-O Gaiyanghadao's title at the final stage of the tournament.

One Championship Championship returned for the second event from the No Surrender Trilogy at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 14.

One Championship: No Surrender 2 was headlined by Saemapetch Fairtex taking on Rodlek PK Saenchaimuaythaigym in the first semifinal of the One bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament. Saemapetch displayed a more accurate and multi-faceted striking offense across the first two rounds. At the same time, Rodlek showcased some of his notorious heavy punches and thudding low kicks in the third stanza. After two frames, it was too late for Rodlek to make adjustments, and the judges rewarded Saemapetch with a majority decision victory.

The co-main event of the bill featured a kickboxing clash between Leo Pinto and Mehdi Zatout in One's bantamweight division. Zatout dominated Pinto across three rounds, proving that his experience was a huge factor in their fight. After the final bell, Algeria’s Zatout took home a well-deserved unanimous decision victory.

Akihiro Fujisawa (6-3-1) taught Pongsiri Mitsatit (10-6) a hard lesson in the second of two MMA battles on the card. For the majority of the first round, the "Superjap" pinned his opponent to the canvas. As soon as Mitsatit scrambled to return to his feet, Fujisawa landed a left hook that short-circuited Mitsatit, earning an emphatic TKO victory in the final seconds of the opening stanza. The knockout snapped a three-fight first-round finish loss skid for the fighter from Japan.

The first MMA fight saw Yodkaikaew Fairtex (5-2-1) walk through John Shink (3-1) in One Championship's flyweight division. Shink seemed to have an edge thanks to his wrestling abilities, but it was the striking from "Y2K" that got the job done. Early the beginning of the second round, the Thai fighter landed a vicious left hand that stunned his opponent, and two more thudding strikes put the Brit down for good. With his crushing win, Yodkaikaew Fairtex returned to the win column in MMA after dropping a decision to Xiaolong Wu at Kunlun Fight MMA 13 in July 2017.

Elsewhere on the card, in a featherweight Muay Thai contest, Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy captured a unanimous verdict over Pongsiri PK. Saenchaimuaythaigym. In the first fight of the night, Fahdi Khaled staved off Huang Ding in their flyweight Muay Thai encounter to take home a unanimous decision victory.
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