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Thailand’s Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex earns 2nd ONE Super Series

Luis Regis, Atsushi Onari, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex (© ONE Championship)

Luis Regis, Atsushi Onari, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex (© ONE Championship)

Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 33, of Thailand has earned his second victory in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Featuring seven mixed martial arts matches and four Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Destiny of Champions” was the last ONE Championship event in 2018. In the main event of the evening, Yodsanklai faced Luis “Soot Raeng Geert” Regis, 33, of Australia in a Muay Thai bout in the featherweight division.

The fighter from Thailand put together a highlight-reel performance, dominating Regis to win by first-round knockout. The Thai contender came out of the gates aggressively, pressuring his Brazilian-Australian against the cage fence.

A one-two combination hurt Regis, followed by three unanswered uppercuts on the inside followed and dropped the Brazilian-Australian contender.

Regis was out before he hit the canvas. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of Yodsanklai, who was declared the winner via knockout in the second round.

Winning at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” improved Yodsanklai’s professional record to 201 wins, 71 losses and 4 draws. On the other hand, Regis now has 25 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.

Yodsanklai made his ONE Super Series debut  at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” on May 18, 2018. He defeated Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi, 34, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo via unanimous decision in a kickboxing bout at a catch weight of 72.5 kg.

Before joining ONE Super Series, Yodsanklai captured several prestigious titles. Among these titles are a World Boxing World Title, two World Muaythai Championships, two Lion Fight World Championships and three Lumpinee Stadium World Championships.

Including Thailand and Australia, 16 countries were represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” The other countries were Brazil, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more photos from the bout between Yodsanklai and Regis, visit Top Sports Asia. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE: Destiny of Heroes” bouts here:

Check the complete “ONE: Destiny of Champions” results here

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