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Thailand’s Sam-A Gaiyanghadao wins ONE Championship’s inaugural Muay Thai bout

Joseph Lasiri, Olivier Coste, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao

Joseph Lasiri, Olivier Coste, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao

Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, 35, of Thailand and Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri, 26, of Italy battled it out in the first ever Muay Thai bout of ONE Championship. The Italian fighter did fight hard but it was not enough to stop his Thai opponent from winning.

With Olivier Coste as the referee, the inaugural Muay Thai bout was a three-round match in the catchweight division. It was the eighth match at “ONE: Global Superheroes,” which took place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 26, 2018.

As soon as Gaiyanghadao and Lasiri started the bout, it was evident that the former did not want it to last for three rounds. The former dominated the bout with powerful kicks, punches and elbows.

But Lasiri did not want to lose without a fight. He stood up immediately each time he fell but at 2:30 of Round 2, he was knocked out by his Thai opponent via strikes.

It was Gaiyanghadao’s first time to compete with 4oz gloves. For him, it was an exciting experience considering how big the arena was not to mention the passion exhibited by the predominantly Filipino audience.

Wearing gloves that are more than 10oz lighter than the standard Muay Thai gloves, Gaiyanghadao felt that his punches were sharper and they had more power. While the experience at “ONE: Global Superheroes” was an exciting one for him, he still has not made a decision to cross over and fight in an MMA bout.

At this point, Gaiyanghadao wants to focus on Muay Thai and he is looking forward to having more Muay Thai matches inside the ONE Championship cage. Watch his fight with Lasiri here:

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