Why ONE Championship overturned Sagetdao Petpayathai’s ‘ONE: Spirit of a Warrior’ victory

Sagetdao Petpayathai, Ma Jia Wen

Sagetdao Petpayathai, Ma Jia Wen

Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai, 31, of Singapore celebrated when his hand was raised by referee Olivier Coste at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 29, 2018. However, the celebration did not last long as the result was overturned by ONE Championship just hours after the fight.

“ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. In the seventh bout of the evening, Sagetdao originally maintained his undefeated record by defeating “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen, 21, via unanimous decision.

“The ONE Championship team led by Matt Hume and the official cageside judges have conducted an official review of the controversial bout between Ma Jia Wen and Sagetdao Petpayathai at ‘ONE: Spirit of a Warrior’ in Yangon, Myanmar,” ONE Championship said in a statement on July 3, 2018. “The bout was extremely close, with both martial artists making a case as the victor.”

“However, after reviewing all standards of ONE Championship judging criteria, we have determined that Ma Jia Wen has slightly edged out Sagetdao on the scorecards,” the promotion continued. “The decision has been formally overturned by the ONE Competition Committee and Ma Jia Wen is now declared the rightful winner.”

This marks Sagetdao’s first loss as a professional mixed martial artist. After losing to Ma, the Thai-Singaporean fighter now has 3 wins and 1 loss.

In 2017, Sagetdao consistently finished his first three bouts in ONE Championship all in the first round. In his promotional debut at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom,” he knocked out Kelvin “Ice Man” Ong, 30, of Malaysia via knees and punches at 2:20 of Round 1.

When Sagetdao returned to the cage at “ONE Championship: Shanghai,” he knocked out Mahmoud Mohamed, 39, of Egypt via punches at 1:41 of Round 1. At “ONE: Warriors of the World,” the Thai-Singaporean fighter earned his third ONE Championship win by knocking out Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo, 37, of the Philippines via knee to the body at 2:44 of Round 1.

Meanwhile, watch a “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson here:

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