Sitthichai Edges Tawanchai, Dejdamrong Puts Duoji Away at One: Battleground 3

The pre-recorded third part of the “One: Battleground” series featured some entertaining striking clashes that took place nearly a month ago.

The One: Battleground 3 main event saw former Lumpinee Stadium champ and Glory kickboxing champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong edging Tawanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym in a One featherweight muay Thai clash. Sitthichai pushed forward in the first exchanges, but it was the 22-year-old Tawanchai who landed the more precise shots in the opening stanza. In the second frame, Tawanchai landed a well-executed roundhouse kick on his opponent, and proceeded to sting him with kicks for much of the next few minutes. “Killer Kid” turned to his boxing combinations, while mixing in elbows as he kept advancing and scoring with his hands. It all came down to Round 3, where Sitthichai blocked most of the shots from Tawanchai and fired back, outworking a fatiguing opponent that slowed towards the end of the match. When it came to hear the verdict, two judges sided with Sitthichai and one with Tawanchai, rewarding “Killer Kid” with a split decision victory.

In the co-main event at 128 pounds, three-division Lumpinee Stadium titlist and ex-One champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke welcomed Wu Lin Feng vet Banma Duoji to the organization. “Pretty Boy” looked comfortable in the early going, landing a variety of punches as the Thai fighter attempted to keep his opponent at bay with leg kicks. The 22-year-old, two decades his foe’s junior, displayed his superior speed by marking the Thai’s face up and drawing blood. The veteran savvy of “Kru Rong” was in full effect as he relied on chopping leg kicks, which slowed his adversary as the fight progressed. Sensing that the wind was changing, Dejdamrong trapped Duoji in the clinch and landed several elbows to the Chinese fighter’s head, who resorted to desperation takedown attempts., Dejdamrong stuffed these and retaliated with some strikes that pushed the younger man into the fence, where he fell to the ground from a series of elbows. The 42-year-old Dejdamrong (12-6, 12-6 One) forced the referee’s intervention with knees to the head and punches that ended the contest at 3:31 of Round 2. Duoji (12-3, 0-1 One) finds himself on a two-bout skid for the first time in his career.

Wei Xie (9-3, 3-1 One) became the first man to stop former One bantamweight championship challenger Dae Hwan Kim (15-8-1, 6-8 One) as a professional. Xie finished the job with a few follow-up punches after folding his opponent in half with a nasty liver shot at the 1:46 mark in Round 3 of their flyweight affair.

In earlier action, Jennifer Olsim (5-2, 2-0 One) laid claim to a unanimous decision over Bi Nguyen (6-7, 2-4), earning her spot in one of the atomweight grand prix alternate bouts against Grace Cleveland; at One’s bantamweight category, One Warrior Series graduate Min Jong Song (12-8, 1-2 One) scored his first promotional victory by upending Sanford MMA prospect Tial Thang (3-1, 3-1 One) via unanimous decision; One Warrior Series vet Otgonjargal Purev (8-1, 1-0 One) smashed Ben Royle (5-2, 1-1 One) with ground-and-pound a mere 49 seconds into the first round of their bantamweight pairing to start off the night.


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