Thailand was well-represented at “ONE: No Surrender 2,” a closed-door, audience-free combat sports event. Only ONE Championship athletes currently in the country were included in the fight card due to travel restrictions amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Including Thailand, seven countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender 2.” The others were Algeria, China, France, Japan, 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 main event of the evening, Thai fighters Saemapetch Fairtex, 25, and Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 30, battled it out in a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal bout using 4oz. 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 Saemapetch, who was declared the winner via majority decision. The first three ONE Super Series opponents Saemapetch defeated were Deividas “The Savage Sitsongpeenong” Danyla, 27, of Lithuania, Alaverdi “Dagger” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia and Ognjen Topic, 34, of Serbia and the United States.
Winning at “ONE: No Surrender 2” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Saemapetch to 121 wins, 16 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Rodlek now has a professional Muay Thai record of 128 wins, 41 losses and 5 draws.
Saemapetch and Rodlek were two of the six fighters who represented Thailand at “ONE: No Surrender 2.” They train at the Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand and PK. Saenchai Muaythai Gym in Bangkok, respectively.
“It’s such a huge honor and moment for me to return to ONE Championship after having no events in the past few months,” Saemapetch said before “ONE: No Surrender 2” fight night. “There hasn’t been an opportunity to compete for a while so I am really grateful. I’m also very happy that we will fight in Bangkok.”
“I trained very hard for this fight and I want to give it my all inside the ring,” Saemapetch continued. “I just want to tell Rodlek to prepare himself well because I want us to give the fans an exciting fight.”
Before fighting Saemapetch at “ONE: No Surrender 2,” Rodlek said it was a privilege to be able to compete in Bangkok. The PK. Saenchai Muaythai Gym product described his opponent as “a young, hungry fighter.”
“We’re going to put together a thrilling main event,” Rodlek declared. “I know he’s a tough fighter. I’ve seen the way he fights and he’s very good but I’m ready to put forth the best performance of my career. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Dom Lau was the announcer at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson were the commentators. The judges were Ian Cartwright of Canada and Rob Cox and Alastair McOnie of the U.K.
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