Training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22, of Chiang Mai, Thailand was one of the winners at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was his fourth victory in ONE Championship.
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 eighth bout of the evening, Mitsatit faced Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 28, of Iloilo, Philippines in an MMA match in the strawweight division with Yoshinori Umeki as the referee.
Catalan started the bout aggressively. With his wushu-style combinations, the Filipino contender pursued Mitsatit while taking the Thai fighter’s back.
After Mitsatit escaped, action returned to the feet. He began to unload thunderous knees to Catalan’s body, delivering the final blow to his Filipino opponent’s ribcage to end matters midway through the first round.
Umeki put a stop to the strawweight contest after 3 minutes and 5 seconds in the first round. Mitsatit knocked out Catalan via knee.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional MMA record of Mitsatit to 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Catalan now has 8 wins and 6 losses.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Mitsatit’s sixth ONE Championship bout. He is a Chiang Mai Muay Thai Champion with a professional Muay Thai record of 72 wins and 17 losses.
Mitsatit made his professional MMA debut in 2014. He joined ONE Championship in 2016.
From 2014 to 2017, Mitsatit was an undefeated MMA fighter. The opponents first three opponents the Tiger Muay Thai athlete defeated in ONE Championship were Ye Thway Ne, 21, of Myanmar, Rabin “The Rock” Catalan, 33, of the Philippines and Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado, 25, of the Philippines.
Rabin is the older brother of Robin. Their brother Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, is also a ONE Championship athlete.
While Mitsatit was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Catalan solely represented the Philippines. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal and the United States were also represented.
More photos from Mitsatit and Robin’s bout are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap by Stephen Dawson and Mitch Chilson here: