New Zealand and Thailand were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It is the first event of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in 2019.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Super Series debutantes Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of Hamilton, New Zealand faced Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Isaan, Thailand.
Born in Isaan to rice farmer parents, Mongkolpetch was only 10 years old when he first competed. He eventually moved to Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, trained at Kesa Gym and became a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion.
But due to some distractions, Mongkolpetch stopped training and was kicked out by Kesa Gym. Eventually, he was recruited by Petchyindee Academy.
Serepisos was born in Hamilton to immigrant Greek parents. He was 16 years old when his first child was born.
It was at JAI Thai Boxing where Serepisos started his martial arts training. The Kiwi fighter is The WMC I1 World Champion.
Serepisos and Mongkolpetch competed in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It was one of the two ONE Super Series contests on the card.
After three rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of Mongkolpetch, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Mongkolpetch’s professional record to 111 wins and 40 losses. On the other hand, Serepisos now has 40 wins and 14 losses.
“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Event
In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.
Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap: