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Saemapetch Fairtex blows up meteorite Kulabdam in ONE first-round action

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Former ONE world title challenger and No. 1-ranked bantamweight Muay Thai contender Saemapetch Fairtex stopped No. 3-ranked contender “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor JorPiek Uthai with a crushing body shot to win a first-round knockout in the main event as the ONE Championship (ONE) returned to action in Singapore on Friday.

The "ONE: Full Blast", a tape-delayed event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium, featured a ONE Super Series main event between top-ranked Muay Thai contenders, a welterweight kickboxing battle, and three mixed martial arts contests.

Saemapetch and Kulabdam were calculated to start the contest, carefully gauging each other’s strengths while looking to capitalise on openings.

Saemapetch Fairtex blows up meteorite Kulabdam in ONE first-round action

After checking a kick from Kulabdam, the Fairtex star retaliated with a left cross to the liver that crumpled his Thai compatriot. With less than a minute to go in the round, Kulabdam could not continue, and Saemapetch was awarded the stoppage victory.

In the co-main event, rising Chinese mixed martial arts star “The Hunter” Xie Wei put together a dominant performance against promotional newcomer Kantharaj Agasa "Kannadiga” to win by a technical knockout.

Xie attacked his foe relentlessly from the opening bell, showcasing a diverse array of striking combinations. Agasa tried to take matters to the ground but failed on multiple occasions. Following the second round, the Indian grappler could no longer take the punishment and quit on his stool.

Saemapetch Fairtex blows up meteorite Kulabdam in ONE first-round action

In a spirited battle between welterweight kickboxers, Miles “The Punisher” Simson came away with a close unanimous decision victory over Santino Verbeek.

Team Lakay veteran Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly narrowly survived a second-round submission attempt and bounced back to beat Ahmed “The Prince” Faress by split decision.

In his main roster debut, ONE Warrior Series graduate Anthony “The Antidote” Do used an impressive triangle choke to score a second-round submission victory over “The Little Monster” Liang Hui.

Saemapetch Fairtex blows up meteorite Kulabdam in ONE first-round action

Official results of ONE: Full Blast

Muay Thai - bantamweight: Saemapetch Fairtex bt Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai via knockout at 2:07 of round 1

Mixed Martial Arts - flyweight: Xie Wei bt Kantharaj Agasa via technical knockout at 5:00 of round 2

Kickboxing - welterweight: Miles Simson bt Santino Verbeek via unanimous decision

Mixed Martial Arts - featherweight: Edward Kelly bt Ahmed Faress via split decision

Mixed Martial Arts - catchweight (57.7kg): Anthony Do bt Liang Hui via submission (triangle choke) at 3:55 of round 2

Published : May 29, 2021

By : THE NATION