Slicing elbows from Rittewada Petchyindee Academy earned him a doctor stoppage comeback victory over Saemapetch Fairtex in a Muay Thai main event. The fight headlined ONE Championship’s “NextGen 2” card, which aired for the first time Friday.
The fights were previously recorded last month at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
Rittewada landed elbows in the second round, with one of the shots causing a large cut on the right eyebrow of Saemapetch. The fight was eventually paused, giving a doctor the chance to inspect the cut and make the call to stop the fight.
The sudden finish to the fight concluded what had been a successful performance for Saemapetch early on.
The former ONE title challenger scored a knockdown in the first round, dropping Rittewada with a two-punch combination of hooks. He also rocked Rittewada early in the second round, although he wasn’t able to attain a knockdown from that exchange.
Rittewada, an experienced Muay Thai vet of over a decade, was making his promotional debut in the main event.
Saemapetch entered the bout with a strong two-fight winning streak in ONE Championship.
Tang Keeps Win Streak Alive With Quick Stoppage Against Yoon
Tang Kai’s momentum in ONE Championship rolled on in the co-main event, as he secured a first-round stoppage win over Yoon Chang Min.
Tang dropped Yoon hard in the fourth minute with a lunging left hook. He quickly pounced on the ground for follow-up shots, causing the referee to end the bout.
Tang now has an impressive undefeated record in ONE, having scored five wins since joining the promotion in 2019.
Five of Yoon’s six previous pro bouts were stoppage wins for him. His prior bout was earlier this year, defeating Ma Jia Wen via submission.
Rimkus Wins In ONE Debut, Secures Alternate Status
Dovydas Rimkus won his ONE Championship debut on the card, sneaking by Zhang Chunyu with a majority decision result.
Rimkus and Zhang had a close scrap through three rounds where they both scored with hard shots.
Rimkus seemingly got hurt late in the second round, getting seated by a left hook in the final minute of the frame. Rimkus returned to his feet shortly after, and the sequence was not deemed a knockdown by the referee.
Zhang was given a yellow card in the second round due to catching kicks of Rimkus.
Rimkus was making his ONE Championship debut with the fight. He is now the other alternate in ONE’s ongoing kickboxing Grand Prix.
Zhang is now on a three-fight losing streak.
Nattawut Secures Brutal Stoppage In Return
Smokin’ Jo Nattawut scored a brutal stoppage win in his return to the ONE Championship cage, finishing Yurik Davtyan in the first round with a right cross.
The shot from Nattawut dropped Davtyan hard. While he was initially given a count by the referee, it was later decided that the fight wouldn’t proceed due to his condition.
The fight was Nattawut’s return to competition after over two years outside of action.
The win makes Nattawut one of two alternates in ONE’s current kickboxing tournament.
Davtyan was making his ONE Championship debut in the bout.
Tetsuka Puts Away Thani Late
Hiroyuki Tetsuka out-lasted Agilan Thani in their bout, pulling off a late third-round stoppage victory to end the bout.
Tetsuka was able to land a fast flurry of strikes late in the fight that Thani wasn’t able to respond to. The fight was stopped after a series of blows from Tetsuka landed clean and were unanswered by Thani.
Thani succeeded with strikes earlier in the third round, unleashing with combinations and specifically rocking Thani with a head kick at one point.
Earlier rounds in the fight saw the fighters focus on wrestling, engaging in close scrambles on the ground.
Tetsuka is now back into the win column, bouncing back from a defeat he took to Murad Ramazanov a year back.
Thani is on a two-fight losing streak. His previous fight was a decision loss to Tyler McGuire late last year.
Han Continues Win Streak With Close Win Over Pinto
Han Zi Hao pulled off a close Muay Thai win to open the card, fighting a back-and-forth battle against Victor Pinto for a decision victory.
Han had a dominant opening round, backing Pinto up and connecting with clean shots. He scored a knockdown late in the round, scoring with a two-punch combination to drop Pinto.
Pinto responded early in the second round, flooring Han hard with a left hook for a knockdown.
Pinto had a good final round against Han, connecting with good shots despite being on his backfoot for a fair portion of the frame.
Pinto was shocked by the decision after it was read, walking around the cage in disbelief. He was competing for the first time since 2020. His two previous ONE Championship fights were under kickboxing rules.
Han is now on a three-fight winning streak in ONE Championship’s Muay Thai ruleset.
Main Card (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 6: Rittewada Petchyindee Academy def. Saemapetch Fairtex via TKO, Doctor Stoppage (RD 2) (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 5: Tang Kai def. Yoon Chang Min via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Dovydas Rimkus def. Zhang Chunyu via Decision, Majority (ONE Kickboxing Grand Prix Alternate Bout)
Bout 3: Smokin’ Jo Nattawut def. Yurik Davtyan via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (ONE Kickboxing Grand Prix Alternate Bout)
Bout 2: Hiroyuki Tetsuka def. Agilan Thani via TKO, Strikes (RD 3) (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Han Zi Hao def. Victor Pinto via Decision, Unanimous (Muay Thai Bout)