ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot Preview

Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym stands in the ONE cage with a belt around his shoulder while confetti falls.
Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym will attempt to defend his belt for the first time in Friday’s co-main event (ONE Championship)

Muay Thai will be the focus on Friday night when ONE Championship hosts an event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The loaded card will include a variety of combat sports but has Muay Thai as the biggest contributor to the lineup.

The show is scheduled to include two Muay Thai title bouts, along with the beginning of an eight-man grand prix. Here’s a full preview of the show.

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Lead Card (5:00AM EDT / 5:00PM SGT) (Youtube)

Bout 1: Elipitua Siregar (4-2) vs. Robin Catalan (9-7) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)

MMA will kick off the evening, as Elipitua Siregar and Robin Catalan will face off.

Siregar’s entire six-fight career has taken place in ONE. He’s an action-packed fighter, as all of his bouts have ended via finish. He took his second pro loss earlier this year, suffering a finish loss against Senzo Ikeda in January.

Catalan will be appearing for the first time in over a year. He’s also trying to come back from a loss, as his last appearance was a submission loss to Ryuto Sawada.

Bout 2: Sherzod Kabutov vs. Denis Puric (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout) (135 lbs)

ONE Championship’s Muay Thai Grand Prix will begin on the second bout of the card. While the bracket starts later on the show, two alternate bouts will take place earlier on the card as well. In the first of two alternate bouts, Sherzod Kabutov and Denis Puris will meet.

Both fighters will be making their ONE debut in this bout. Puris has a fair amount of kickboxing and Muay Thai experience, along with fights in MMA. He has notably appeared in K-1 Japan and Kunlun Fight in the past.

Puric is entering the tournament after recently competing on the Muay Thai scene in Thailand and winning numerous fights.

Bout 3: Panpayak Jitmuangnon vs. Josue Cruz (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout) (135 lbs)

Panpayak Jitmuangnon and Josue Cruz will appear in the second alternate bout.

Unlike the other alternate fighters, Panpayak has competed in ONE before. He notably appeared in the promotion once last year, defeating Daniel Puertas in a kickboxing bout.

There is little information online about Cruz, except that he has a background in kickboxing. It has been noted on ONE’s site that he is the first fighter on their roster representing Mexico.

Bout 4: Nat Jaroonsak (0-0) vs. Zeba Bano (1-0) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Nat Jaroonsak, also known as “Wondergirl Fairtex,” will make her MMA debut on Friday night against Zeba Bano.

Jaroonsak has previously fought in ONE’s Muay Thai divisions. She notably picked up two wins between 2020 before suffering an upset loss against Jackie Buntan. During her rise a couple of years back, she was billed as a rising name in the sport. On Friday, she’ll get the chance to show her skills in a new combat sport.

Bano is also someone early in their MMA career. She won her pro debut in 2019, scoring a split decision on a regional card in India. She has fought in a few exhibition bouts since then.

Bout 5: Davit Kiria vs. Mohammed Boutasaa (155 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Mohammed Boutasaa will make his ONE debut on the prelims against Davit Kiria.

Boutasaa is a 22-year-old kickboxer from the Netherlands. He is joining ONE after a successful run in Enfusion recently, scoring a trio of wins from 2020 to 2021.

Kiria competed in ONE’s recent 155-pound tournament. He won in the opening round last year, scoring a first-round finish victory over Enriko Kehl. He later was eliminated in the semi-finals by Muay Thai veteran Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong.

Bout 6: Asha Roka (4-2) vs. Alyse Anderson (5-2) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Back to MMA for the final time on the card, 115-pound fighters Asha Roka and Alyse Anderson will face off.

Anderson joined ONE as part of their 115-pound grand prix last year. The Invicta FC alum lost in the opening round of the eight-woman bracket, dropping a decision to then-undefeated Itsuki Hirata.

Roka will be making her return to action in this fight. She fought twice for ONE from 2019 to 2020, losing in both appearances.

Bout 7: Savvas Michael vs. Amir Naseri (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)

The ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix will officially begin with a fight between Savvas Michael and Amir Naseri.

Michael has fought on the ONE roster since 2019. He has been unsuccessful in recent years, losing two consecutive fights for the promotion. His last fight was more than two years ago against Taiki Naito.

Naseri will be appearing in the ONE cage for the first time as part of the tournament. He currently trains out of the prolific Tiger Muay Thai gym in Thailand.

Bout 8: Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs. Taiki Naito (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)

The prelims will wrap up with a fight between Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Taiki Naito as part of the promotion’s grand prix.

Kiatmoo9’s last ONE appearance saw him lose a kickboxing title fight against Ilias Ennahachi in early 2021. He’ll be returning to the promotion’s Muay Thai division to compete in the bracket this weekend.

His last fight was on the Muay Thai scene in Thailand, where he beat Superball Tded99 at Rajadamnern Stadium in April.

Naito, a ONE veteran, is coming off a strong 2021 that saw him score two victories. His first appearance was a kickboxing victory over Wang Wenfeng. Three months later, he returned to Muay Thai rules to defeat Petchdam Gaiyanghadao.

The prelims were originally scheduled to wrap up with a kickboxing bout between Rade Opacic and Guto Inocente. However, that fight was removed from the card the week of the event.

Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (Youtube)

Bout 9: Jonathan Haggerty vs. Walter Goncalves (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)

The ONE Muay Thai Grand Prix will continue in the opening bout of the main card, as Jonathan Haggerty will face Walter Goncalves.

Haggerty has been one of the more successful names in ONE’s Muay Thai divisions. While he has never been able to prevail against champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, he has succeeded against other names in the promotion. His last fight was in February when he went the distance against Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy for a victory.

Goncalves will be fighting for his first win in ONE. He last appeared in 2020, when he was stopped by Kohei Kodera in a Muay Thai bout.

Bout 10: Shinya Aoki vs. Kade Ruotolo (170 lbs) (Grappling Bout)

In the first of two grappling exhibitions on this card, Shinya Aoki will face Kade Ruotolo. For anyone who needs a refresher, here’s how these bouts work: The match is 10 minutes in total and is purely grappling. If no submission is found after the scheduled time, the bout ends in a draw.

Kade Ruotolo is the twin brother of fellow grappler Tye Ruotolo, who will compete in the bout that follows this one. Both of the twins have grappled since they were 3, and have achieved numerous accomplishments in recent years.

Aoki, an MMA veteran, has competed on the ONE roster for a while now. He took a loss in his last bout, being on the losing end of a comeback second-round finish by Yoshihiro Akiyama at “ONE X.”

It was previously planned that heavyweights Marcus Almeida and Hugo Cunha would compete in an MMA bout next, but that won’t happen. News broke Thursday morning that the fight was removed from the card due to COVID-19 protocols, per Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting.

Bout 11: Garry Tonon vs. Tye Ruotolo (170 lbs) (Grappling Bout)

It will be a battle of two grapplers when Garry Tonon and Tye Ruotolo meet.

Tonon may be best known for his accomplishments in grappling competitions. He started his MMA career in 2018, fighting for ONE. Friday marks his first appearance since he lost a title shot to Thanh Le in March, getting stopped in the first minute of a bout.

As noted before, Tye is the twin brother of Kade Ruotolo.

Bout 12: Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Jacob Smith (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)

Decorated Muay Thai veteran Rodtang Jitmuangnon will appear in the final ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix bout this weekend, facing Jacob Smith.

Rodtang has yet to lose in a Muay Thai bout in ONE Championship. He is currently their 135-pound champion, although that belt has been out of service since 2020. His last fight was in an odd MMA and Muay Thai crossover bout against Demetrious Johnson, which he lost.

Smith will be getting his long-awaited ONE debut with this fight. He was first scheduled to debut in 2020 against Superlek Kiatmoo9, but that event altogether got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was then paired against Rodtang last year in April 2021, although that fight didn’t happen either.

Smith has competed around the world in Muay Thai. In 2019 he notably earned the position as U.K.’s top 57.1 kg fighter, dethroning Reece Thompson on a YOKKAO card, per Fight Record.

Bout 13: Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs. Joseph Lasiri (ONE Muay Thai Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)

In the first of two title bouts on the card, Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym will face Joseph Lasiri.

Prajanchai pulled off a big win to become champion last year. Going five rounds in total, he dethroned Sam-A Gaiyanghadao to earn the 125-pound belt. This ended a four-fight winning streak in ONE that Sam-A had, including three championship appearances.

The fight was also Prajanchai’s first appearance in ONE. That certainly doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot of Muay Thai skills, having fought on the stadium scene for more than a decade.

Lasiri is getting the title opportunity after scoring two consecutive wins in ONE’s Muay Thai division. He picked up an early finish last time around, defeating Asahi Shinagawa late last year.

Bout 14: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy vs. Jimmy Vienot (ONE Muay Thai Featherweight Championship) (155 lbs)

ONE Championship’s 155-pound Muay Thai Champion, Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, will return in Friday’s co-main event to face Jimmy Vienot.

Petchmorakot first earned his belt in early 2020 with a victory over Pongsiri P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym. He then defended that belt twice in that same year, including a finish win against Magnus Andersson.

Last year, Petchmorakot didn’t appear in ONE. He did still remain active in combat sports, appearing once in Muay Thai and scoring four wins in boxing around Thailand over the past year or so. After his successful tour of fights around his home country, he’ll return to ONE on Friday night.

Vienot will be making his ONE debut in this appearance. He has fought in kickboxing and Muay Thai since 2013. Among his fights have been appearances in notable promotions like SuperKombat and GLORY Kickboxing.

His last fight was in November 2021, when he went five rounds against Arman Hambaryan for a decision victory.

Now in a new promotion, Vienot has the chance to claim a belt and stop the dominance of a returning champion.

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