Algeria and France were represented at “ONE: No Surrender 2,” a closed-door, audience-free combat sports event. Only ONE Championship athletes currently in Thailand were included in the fight card due to travel restrictions amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Including Algeria and France, seven countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender 2.” The others were China, Japan, Thailand, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.
Featuring one kickboxing, two mixed martial arts and three Muay Thai fights, “ONE: No Surrender 2” took place in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 37, of Algeria fought Leo Pinto, 26, of France in a kickboxing bout in the bantamweight division using 8oz. boxing gloves.
Yongsak Na Songkhla served as the referee. After three three-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Songkhla raised the hand of Zatout. The French-Algerian fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: No Surrender 2” improved the professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of Zatout to 77 wins, 39 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Pinto now has a professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of 76 wins and 32 losses.
Zatout and Pinto solely represented Algeria and France, respectively, at “ONE: No Surrender 2.” They train at Venum Training Camp Thailand in Pattaya, Thailand and Pinto Fight Studio in Bangkok, respectively.
It was also in Bangkok where Zatout earned his first ONE Super Series win. On January 10, 2020, he defeated Han Zi Hao, 24, of China in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.”
The main event of “ONE: No Surrender 2” was a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal bout between Thai fighters Saemapetch Fairtex, 25, and Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 30. The former won via unanimous decision.
Dom Lau was the announcer at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson were the commentators and the judges were Ian Cartwright of Canada and Rob Cox and Alastair McOnie of the U.K. Watch all the bouts here: