Thailand and Algeria were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.
Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship title.
While Petchdam was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Mahmoudi solely represented Algeria. Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States were also represented.
Mahmoudi was only 5 years old when he started his Muay Thai training and went on to become a multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion. Training out of Mahmoudi Gym, he has already compiled an excellent winning record with several knockouts on the way to world titles in WMF, WPMF, and MTGP.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Mahmoudi’s second ONE Super Series. When he made his debut in the league at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 25, 2019, he defeated Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Japan.
Training out of the famed Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok, Petchdam made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pursuit of Power ”on July 13, 2018, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he knocked out Josh “Timebomb” Tonna, 30, of Australia. On October 6, 2018, the Thai fighter knocked out Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse, 23, of Australia at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena.
On February 22, 2019, Petchdam knocked out Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo, 27, of Japan at “ONE: Call to Greatness” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked the Thai fighter’s fourth ONE Super Series bout.
The title bout between Petchdam and Mahmoudi at “ONE: Warriors of Light” was the last kickboxing bout of the evening. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.
Before the end of the fourth round, Petchdam accidentally kicked Mahmoudi in the groin. The Algerian contender was not able to continue after given 5 minutes to recover so the title bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Onari raised the hand of Petchdam, who was declared the winner via technical decision. This made the Thai fighter the first ever ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional kickboxing record of Petchdam to 94 wins, 14 losses and 7 draws. On the other hand, Mahmoudi now has 31 wins and 4 losses.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events
Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.
The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured Nong-o and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.
Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here: