The Netherlands and Thailand were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the fifth bout of the evening, Brown Pinas, 26, of the Netherlands faced Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy, 25, of Thailand.
A two-division World Muaythai Council Muay Thai World Champion, Bangpleenoi aimed to impress in his ONE Super Series debut. Training out of Petchyindee Academy, he looked to put his Muay Thai experience on display and stop Pinas in his tracks.
When Pinas made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on July 27, 2018, he lost to Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai, 29, of Thailand. On November 17, 2018, the Dutch fighter earned his first ONE Super Series win by defeating Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France and Thailand at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Pinas and Bangpleenoi competed in a Muay Thai bout in the featherweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.
After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Bangpleenoi, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Heros’ Ascent” improved Bangpleenoi’s professional record to 121 wins, 50 losses and 10 draws. On the other hand, Pinas now has 26 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw.
“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events
In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.
Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.