Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy escaped a narrow split decision against Jimmy Vienot to retain his ONE Muay Thai 155-pound Championship on Friday night.
Petchmorakot’s win headlined “ONE 157” from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
The fight saw Vienot start and finish strong, but struggle in the middle rounds against Petchmorakot and lose points on scorecards during that time.
Vienot succeeded in the first and second rounds, landing against the slow-starting champion. Petchmorakot started to pressure Vienot in the third round, coming forward with combinations that backed him up.
Petchmorakot’s biggest moment came early in the fourth round, as he dropped Vienot with a short right hook. His pace started to dwindle after this moment, as he began using clinch positions to stall out the fight.
Vienot was the more active fighter as the speed of the fight slowed in the final round.
Petchmorakot has now defended his belt three times since first earning it in 2020. He didn’t appear in ONE for all of last year but instead remained active in the Muay Thai and boxing scenes in Thailand.
Vienot, a former SuperKombat and GLORY Kickboxing fighter, was making his ONE debut in the appearance.
Lasiri Stops Prajanchai To Claim 125-Pound Belt
Joseph Lasiri became the new ONE Muay Thai 125-pound Champion in Friday’s co-main event, as a corner stoppage took Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym out of the fight after three rounds.
The aggressive striking from lasiri earned him an early lead in the fight. He charged forward on Prajanchai with combinations in the first and second rounds, hurting him with shots. He notably opened a cut near the right eye of Prajanchai in the second round.
After a solid three rounds from Lasiri, Prajanchai opted to quit on the stool before the fourth round started.
Prajanchai was attempting to defend his ONE belt for the first time. He first earned the title in 2021, defeating Sam-A Gaiyanghadao via unanimous decision.
Lasiri was given the title shot after scoring two consecutive wins in ONE’s Muay Thai divisions.
Rodtang Works Toward Decision Win Over Smith
Rodtang Jitmuangnon secured the fourth semi-final spot of the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix on Friday, going three rounds against Jacob Smith for a unanimous decision victory.
Rodtang’s pace overwhelmed Smith through all three rounds. He caused damage to the face of Smith, getting close for elbows that connected clean.
The toughness of Smith was on display, as he remained on his feet despite consuming combinations of blows from Rodtang.
The fight was Rodtang’s return to Muay Thai competition in ONE. His previous fight was in an MMA and Muay Thai special rules bout against former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.
Smith was making his long-awaited ONE debut, appearing in the promotion more than a year after he was first targeted to appear on their stage.
Ruotolo Twins Make ONE Debuts
Kade Ruotolo and Tye Ruotolo appeared in ONE for the first time on Friday, both competing in grappling exhibition bouts. The twin grapplers faced off against two MMA fighters that have strong grappling backgrounds.
Kade went 10 minutes against Shinya Aoki, not attaining a submission but controlling him for most of the fight. He showed his craftiness in the bout, at one point launching off the side of the cage to take the back of Aoki.
Tye went up against Garry Tonon, who was appearing for the first time since losing a ONE title bout earlier this year. Tye’s performance was a quick victory, catching Tonon in the second minute with a darce choke.
The 19-year-old grappling aces both expressed enthusiasm about competing in ONE after their performances.
Goncalves Stops Cruz In Just Seconds
Walter Goncalves needed less than a full minute to win his ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix bout, defeating short-notice opponent Josue Cruz with strikes.
Goncalves backed Cruz up against the cage with strikes, then seated him with a series of knees to the head. Cruz remained grounded following the knockdown, putting an end to the fight.
Cruz was originally scheduled to compete in an alternate bout for this tournament, facing Panpayak Jitmuangnon on the prelims. However, he was bumped up to this quarter-final bout after Jonathan Haggerty was withdrawn from the bout.
Per the South China Morning Post, illness took Haggerty off the card Friday.
Both fighters were making their ONE debut in this bout.
The Rest of the Card
With quick punches and damaging elbows, Superlek Kiatmoo9 secured a unanimous decision victory over Taiki Naito and advanced to the semi-finals of the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix.
Savvas Michael became the first fighter to advance in the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix, touching up Amir Naseri with punches en route to a decision victory.
Invicta FC alum Alyse Anderson picked up her first ONE victory on the prelims, submitting returning Asha Roka early with a triangle choke. She had to battle past some adversity for the victory, suffering some strikes on the feet.
Mohammed Boutasaa kept a quick pace against Davit Kiria through three rounds of kickboxing to win a unanimous decision.
Muay Thai and kickboxing expert Nat Jaroonsak explored other styles in her MMA debut, submitting Zeba Bano early with an armbar.
In what ended up being the sole alternate bout for the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix, Sherzod Kabutov went the distance against Denis Puric for a unanimous decision victory.
Elipitua Siregar’s career-long run of finishes continued on Friday, as he caught Robin Catalan early with a darce choke for a tap.
Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (Youtube)
Bout 13: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy def. Jimmy Vienot via Decision, Split (ONE Muay Thai Featherweight Championship) (155 lbs)
Bout 12: Joseph Lasiri def. Prajanchai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym via TKO, Corner Stoppage (RD 3, 5:00) (ONE Muay Thai Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)
Bout 11: Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Jacob Smith via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)
Bout 10: Tye Ruotolo def. Garry Tonon via Submission, Darce Choke (Grappling Bout)
Bout 9: Kade Ruotolo vs. Shinya Aoki via Draw, Time Limit (Grappling Bout)
Bout 8: Walter Goncalves def. Josue Cruz via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)
Lead Card (5:00AM EDT / 5:00PM SGT) (Youtube)
Bout 7: Superlek Kiatmoo9 def. Taiki Naito via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)
Bout 6: Savvas Michael def. Amir Naseri via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (135 lbs)
Bout 5: Alyse Anderson def. Asha Roka via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Mohammed Boutasaa def. Davit Kiria via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 3: Nat Jaroonsak def. Zeba Bano via Submission, Armbar (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Sherzod Kabutov def. Denis Puric (ONE Muay Thay Flyweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout) (135 lbs)
Bout 1: Elipitua Siregar def. Robin Catalan via Submission, Darce Choke (RD 1) (MMA Bout)