ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM RECAP, OFFICIAL AND PHOTOGRAPHS

BANGKOK, THAILAND— The main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM was an absolute blast, as “Unstoppable” Angela Lee was able to retain the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with a victory over judo black belt Jenny Huang on Saturday Night, 11 March.

Everyone at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, was treated to a fast-paced headlining contest. The 20-year-old Lee pushed forward from the first minute, and landed some powerful kicks and straight punches that had the Tianjin Top Team recruit backpedalling. The reach advantage of the Evolve MMA heroine let her dictate the distance, and her strikes seemingly connected at will. 

With just under two minutes remaining in the first round, Lee landed a stunning left hook and followed up with a blistering flurry. Huang displayed her grit, as she held on and continued counter punching, but the champ finished the opening stanza strongly with precision striking,

The second frame started with Huang missing a spinning back fist. That allowed Lee to take the center of the cage and pour on the pressure. The “Unstoppable” one moved forward and landed another stady stream of kicks, knees, and punches. Much like round one, she showed her improved striking game and landed a veritable onslaught.

For the first time in the fight, the ladies touched gloves to start round three. Huang, the first professional female mixed martial artist out of Chinese Taipei, continue to throw counter strikes, but they came at the cost of powerful blows from Lee. Despite being used as target practice, Huang showed unbelievable determination to remain standing with Lee.

The Evolve MMA fighter decided to abandon the stand-up battle and took the bout to the canvas with nearly two and a half minutes left. Lee went to work, took the back of a flattened-out Huang, and teed off with ground and pound from the back mount.

After several unanswered shots, the referee was forced to step in and stop the punishment at 3:37 of the third round due to strikes.

Lee, the youngest champion in MMA history, was successful in her first title defense. She remains undefeated, advances her unblemished record to 7-0, and proves she is a force to be reckoned with in the atomweight division.

Though Huang suffers her first career loss and drops to 5-1, she showed a tremendous amount of heart, and could get a title rematch if she earns a few more wins.

In an absolute thriller, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke battled ex-title challenger Joshua Pacio at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, live from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 11 March.

The contest was extremely close, but the Philippines’ Pacio was able to pull away with a razor-thin split decision victory.

After a touch of the gloves, the two well-trained combatants came out kicking. Amnuaysirichoke pressured Pacio to begin the contest, and utilized his elite Muay Thai skills — the same skills that earned him three Lumpinee titles.

Pacio, a standout from Team Lakay, pushed the fight against the cage and swept the leg out to bring the Singaporean-based Thai to the canvas. The Filipino kept busy inside the guard, dropping strikes on his opponent, and ended the round in Amnuaysirichoke’s half guard as the Thai attempted to finish with an unorthodox guillotine.

Amnuaysirichoke, who trains out of Evolve MMA, pushed forward again with a number of kicks to start the second round. The Team Lakay product grabbed one of those kicks and pounced on a big takedown. With plenty of time left in the stanza, Pacio looked very comfortable in the top half guard position. Utilizing his pressure, he scored with punches and a straight armbar submission attempt, but was unable to finish. 

For a moment, Amnuaysirichoke was able to make his way to his feet, but Pacio dragged him back to the ground. The round ended the same as the previous one, with the Filipino on top in the half guard.

The crowd erupted as the third frame began, and both fighters landed straight punches. Amnuaysirichoke pushed the action, but Pacio landed a number of strong counter shots. Nonetheless, the former champ continued pressing forward, and stuffed three straight takedown attempts from his opponent, who was beginning to get exhausted.

After a fourth failed takedown, the Thai put on a striking clinic, connecting with punch after punch to the head and body. The Evolve MMA dynamo showed his grit and finished the final round with a big kick that swept Pacio’s legs out from under him. 

However, Amnuaysirichoke’s last-ditch effort did not pay off. Pacio was awarded the win via split decision, pushing his record to 9-1. As for his Thai opponent, he drops to 6-2, 10 months following his title loss to Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito in the same venue.

In one of the most exciting matchups of the evening, Yodsanan Sityodtong of Thailand and Ramon Gonzales of the Philippines put on a spectacular show to the roar of a packed Impact Arena on Saturday night, 11 March.

The matchup was scheduled for three rounds in a catchweight bout on the main card of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, Thailand, and the two fighters certainly did not disappoint.

Sityodtong, a former boxing world champion nicknamed “Little Tyson” is known for his powerful fists. Gonzales, a Kyokushin karate standout who trains out of Manila, knew he had to stay away from Sityodtong’s heavy hands at all costs.

Gonzales began the bout looking to keep Sityodtong out of range, pushing the Evolve MMA fighter back with thudding head and inside leg kicks. A shot attempt was successful for Gonzales, as he was able to latch on to a single leg to drag Sityodtong to the mat.

Once on the ground, the Filipino fighter made it known that he owned the advantage in the grappling department, controlling Sityodtong from the top for the remainder of the first round. He nearly secured a rear-naked choke victory, too, but Sityodtong was saved by the bell.

In the second round, however, Gonzales seemed to have emptied his tank in the first five minutes of the fight and looked exhausted. Although Sityodtong was also quite spent from the preceding exchanges, he appeared to have just a little more left to finish the fight.

With both fighters on their knees trading punches at the center of the cage, Sityodtong and Gonzales threw caution to the wind and decided to just tee off, unloading a barrage of heavy-handed blows on each other to the delight of the capacity crowd.

After Sityodtong and Gonzales were finished with their skirmish, the Filipino fighter was completely spent and could no longer continue. Gonzales then waved to referee Yuji Shimada, bowing out of the contest.

The end came officially at 3:21 of round two, as Sityodtong was awarded the submission victory via verbal tapout.

With the win, Sityodtong improved his record to 3-1 while Gonzales drops to 1-2. It was Sityodtong’s second-straight finish, after stopping Chrech Kosal in the first round at ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS, also in Bangkok, last year.

Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai overcame an early knockdown from Richard“Notorious” Corminal to score a first-round TKO victory at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM on Saturday Night, 11 March. He got the win in front of a roaring hometown crowd at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

After entering the ONE Championship cage flamboyantly, complete with Disney’s Aladdin and a dance routine, Wiratchai was promptly dropped by a straight right hand to the head within the first minute by Corminal.  

“One Shin” quickly popped back up to his feet and got on the offensive, smiling and laughing throughout despite the setback. The Bangkok Fight Lab superstar then landed two big hooks to the head of Corminal en route to victory.

The first one was followed by a high kick, and he cut angles and lunged in and out of range with measured strikes, all while backing Corminal up against the fence.  Although Wiratchai missed with a spinning back elbow to the head and gave up his back, he got free rather quickly.

From there, the Bangkok native goaded his opponent to come in by putting his hands down and laughing. Corminal obliged and charged in, only to be checked by a second right hook. That one dropped the Filipino, and though he was quick to get back to his feet, he was clearly hurt.

Wiratchai flurried with follow-up strikes against the cage and referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the fight at the 3:37 mark of the first round.

The win is Wratchai’s fifth consecutive victory and he improves his record to 7-1. Following the bout, he called for a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship, but he will have to wait in line and see who prevails between reigning kingpin Eduard Folayang and challenger Ev Ting. The two warriors are slated to meet in the main event of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY on 21 April.

Corminal, meanwhile, dips to 4-2 and goes back to the drawing board.

Hometown heroine Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige made her MMA debut at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, and it was a thriller.

The Thai defeated Malaysia’s Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface in an exciting back-and-forth affair in front of her compatriots at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

There was absolutely no hesitation from either woman warrior. Boniface, who trains out of AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor’s Borneo Tribal Squad, was able to get the fight to the ground with a well-timed takedown just over 30 seconds into the opening stanza.

Ishige maintained her composure from the bottom, however, and was able to sweep her opponent before attempting to step over with a slick armbar. The “Ice Comet” slipped out, but the Bangkok Fight Lab product wound up on top again. 

There was a scramble, but Ishige mounted the Malaysian atomweight and went for another armbar. It appeared tight, but to Boniface’s credit, she worked her way out of the submission.

That did not keep Ishige from remaining in the mount position, and she duly pounded away with creative strikes, forcing the referee to call a stop to the action at 4:32 in the very first round and award Ishige with the TKO victory.

The debut of “Tinydoll” could not have gone any smoother. She is now 1-0 in her MMA campaign. Boniface, however, drops to 0-2.

Complete ONE Championship 53 results included:

  • Champ Angela Lee def. Jenny Huang via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:37 – to defend atomweight title
  • Shannon Wiratchai def. Ricard Corminal via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 3:37
  • Joshua Pacio def. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via split decision
  • Yodsanan Sityodtong def. Ramon Gonzales via TKO (verbal submission) – Round 2, 3:21
  • Rika Ishige def. Audreylaura Boniface via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:32
  • Sagetdao Petpayathai def. Kelvin Ong via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:20
  • Ma Jia Wen def. Yohan Mulia Legowo via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:59
  • Kritsada Kongsrichai def. Adrian Matheis via TKO (submission to strikes) – Round 1, 2:51
  • Pongsiri Mitsatit def. Rabin Catalan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:45

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